differences

Reasons to consider the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Much more zoom 11.1x vs 4.3x
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More than 2.5x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 70 mm
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3.9x better wide angle
Shorter 102 mm vs 142 mm
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Around 30% shorter
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Learn more about
the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Reasons to consider the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Significantly narrower aperture f/32 vs f/22
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At its narrowest, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM goes 1.1 f-stops narrower
Better telephoto 300 mm vs 200 mm
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50% more reach, less perspective distortion
Slightly smaller diameter 76 mm vs 79 mm
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Almost the same
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Learn more about
the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Canon IS
Zoom range Great zoom Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS11.1x
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM4.3x
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS200 mm
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM300 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS$449.00
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$377.00
Weight Light weight Help
0.6 kg
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS18 mm
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM70 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS79 mm
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM76 mm
Length Short Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS102 mm
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM142 mm
Wide minimum Wide aperture Help
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ISf/22
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USMf/32

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Competitors

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Canon EF

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Canon EF

Travel lens

$459 - $629

Zoom range Much more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Telephoto lens

$525 - $599

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Zoom range Much less zoom
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$267 - $400

Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Weight Slightly lighter
Zoom range Significantly less zoom

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Competitors

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$267 - $400

Zoom range More zoom
Min focal length Better wide angle
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Telephoto lens

$525 - $599

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Wildlife lens

$449

Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

discussion Which do you think is better?

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