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Offline david-stallard

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Re: 'G' lens & 'Non-G' Comparison
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2009, 07:41:43 PM »
Really good comparison, I loved the 70-300G when I had it but found wanting for that little bit more reach which is why I did a mass fleebay fest and bought the 70-400G, YES it's a big heavy beast but I have had no problems carrying it around all day and rarely use the neck strap (it is usually wrapped around my wrist)

For safari use I would say if you can stretch to it then get it, the difference is phenomenal. Did a day at the zoo with it handheld which you can check out here  okay not 'out on the range' but the distance is probably quite close to what you will have.

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Re: 'G' lens & 'Non-G' Comparison
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2009, 11:10:49 PM »
That is a great review. i have wanted to know the difference.
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Re: 'G' lens & 'Non-G' Comparison
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2009, 03:54:31 PM »
I have a kit 18-70mm and a 55-200mm.

I was just about to get a 75-300mm instead (and sell the 55-200mm) as I thought it would make more sense, less overlap and a longer telephoto range.  I was chuffed to see that 75-300mm has a cashback deal on and is only £130.

Was all set to get it..

Then came across your comparison article!        Now that's totally thrown a spanner in the works!

Did you get it?  Jessops' price seems to be the best going at £499.


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Re: 'G' lens & 'Non-G' Comparison
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2009, 08:48:17 PM »

I went the other way. Sold my 70-300G and kept my sony 55-200. I simply could not justify the price difference when looking at the difference in IQ. Unless you plan on viewing everything you shoot at 100% or printing poster size you will see next to no difference.
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Re: 'G' lens & 'Non-G' Comparison
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2009, 10:11:15 PM »
Well that settles it for me.  70-400 for me, after looking at the zoo photos from the previous poster, the clarity is fantastic and that's what I'm after.  I can't wait to get it.

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Re: 'G' lens & 'Non-G' Comparison
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2009, 10:46:33 PM »
Wow! Great to see that the comparison has been useful! Thank you all for your kind words - much appreciated!

Philjo - Yes the lighting was a bit harsh and definitely wasn't what I would call "ideal". But given those conditions, the 75-300 was definitely much better in the low light than the G lens. It's difficult to say that the non-G lens is better in the low light, but it did better than the G lens in these conditions. I've also read somewhere else that the G lens isn't that great in low light conditions (don't quote me on that though!!)

David-Stallard - I absolutely love your pictures! A huge inspiration! I had a look at a 70-400G at the same time to reviewing these two lenses... what a monster it is! :)

Ronnie_Space - Although the Jessops price is brilliant compared to the others, but it was still a lot of money at the end of the day. That's why I went into Jessops to see for myself what the real difference was between the two lenses. To say that the G lens was a LOT better than I thought it would be, is an understatement. To be honest, it wasn't the most ideal of photo-taking-situations but the colour and clarity gave me a good idea.

The G lens outside of the store is phenomenal to say the least, completely blew me away! Here's a sample I shot the other day using the 70-300G lens:

So, did I buy the lens.... well.... all will be revealed soon! ;) ;) ;)

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