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What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-24-2008, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I'm about to buy a new lens for my Canon350d.
I have several lens that are max with 70mm.
I would use it for animal distance shoting, birds, maybe some bigger insects and finally ofcourse for Portraits the most.....
So, I have some thoughts about buying one of the following lens:

first choice because of the IS and acceptable price is
Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM

Other choices I was thinking of>
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM:
Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.2 DC OS HSM also with OS
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG/HSM Macro:
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM: too short I think but with IS
Sigma APO 70-200mm F 2.8 EX DG/HSM
Canon EF 70-200mm F4 L USM Zoom I heard great things about this one

I have never used such lens so all of your suggestions are more than welcome....
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Re: What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, my questions are, what do you want to shoot with this new lense? One other point is that lenses are one thing that you shouldn't skimp on, bodies change, but the glass is still good, I'm not knocking Sigma here, but Canon is a step above that.

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Re: What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-25-2008, 12:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would use it for animal distance shoting, birds, maybe some bigger insects and finally ofcourse for Portraits the most.....
regards Zak
I think I would should that the most...
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Re: What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-25-2008, 08:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't have specific knowledge of any of these, but it's been my general experience that the manufacturer's glass is a bit better than generic, and that the constant aperature zooms are higher quality than zooms with variable aperature. I suggest you consider the 70-200 f/4 Canon, and eventually buy a 300 prime if you need additional length. Of course, the extra stop of the two Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is attractive; find some lens reviews or consider renting them if you can to see what you think. I'm an old geezer and tend to shy away from really wide range zooms - like the 18-200 - and the others you mention seem to overlap considerably with what you already own.
Of course, this is only opinion from an unqualified old guy.
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Re: What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-25-2008, 01:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've shot many pictures with the 70-300. For the money it is a great lens. Don't get your hopes too high on any of these lenses for bird photography but under the right conditions you can make great images with it:

http://wp.blacksburgphoto.org/galler...?g2_itemId=274

Hand held.

And on the camera you are using it will be equivalent to a 480 mm in 35 mm terms.

Let me know if you want to see more wildlife images with this lens.

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Old 07-25-2008, 06:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would also suggest with staying with only Canon, the 70-200 f4 is an awesome lens (I have the 2.8 version...)
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Re: What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-26-2008, 01:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I recently purchased the Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens. Glad I did.
Here is a sample from Friday's photo shoot with Latifah. Shot at f/4.

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Re: What telephoto zoom lens should I consider
Old 07-26-2008, 10:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi Zack:

I just read your post about which telephoto zoom should you buy and all of the answers you have received are good ones but I would like to offer another suggestion that depending on what your needs are might meet them and save you a few bucks as well.

I have a Canon EOS 30D. I have the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 XR DI lens and it is a great lens. When I wanted to buy a longer zoom I did a lot of research and money was definitely a consideration and I finally bought the Sigma 75-300 F4-5.6 DG APO lens. This is a consumer lens but at a price of approx $275.00 its performance rivals some of the "pro" lenses that cost $3,000 or more.

The specs on this lens are quite impressive and I shoot at F5.6 or F8.0 and I never extend the lens farther than 200mm and I will put this lens up against any of the so-called "pro" glass out there. I did a shoot yesterday and we started at 6 in the morning and even shooting at F5.6 I had plenty of light.

The question you need to ask yourself is what will I use a lens for and why am I buying it? Do I want to impress my buddies and do I really the marginal extra capabilities of a $3,000 lens? I think the economics of the situation will speak for themselves. Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi and realy thanks for your reply....
For sure I do not want to impress anybody I just want to buy a lens that I will be satisfied with the photo I do in terms of sharpness, without distorsion, vigneting.... and I do not want to spend sooo much money....
Max that I can spend is for Canon 70-200 f4L. I think that I will stay with Canon Lens , my only doubt is should I go for 75-300 with IS if this is very important or I spend my money (hard saved) for Canon 70-200 f4L....

PS> Artforms> That is an excellent photo. I;m do not understand how you make such exellent exposure with such beautiful color... each of your image is apsolutely fantastic.... Did you use a fill in flach for this photo or it was just available light....
Thanks
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi and realy thanks for your reply....
For sure I do not want to impress anybody I just want to buy a lens that I will be satisfied with the photo I do in terms of sharpness, without distorsion, vigneting.... and I do not want to spend sooo much money....
Max that I can spend is for Canon 70-200 f4L. I think that I will stay with Canon Lens , my only doubt is should I go for 75-300 with IS if this is very important or I spend my money (hard saved) for Canon 70-200 f4L....

PS> Artforms> That is an excellent photo. I;m do not understand how you make such exellent exposure with such beautiful color... each of your image is apsolutely fantastic.... Did you use a fill in flash for this photo or it was just available light....
Thanks
regards Zak
I looked at the Canon 50-255mm lens with the IS on it and also the 70-300mm lens before I found this deal on the 70-200mm f/4L lens. I got it on ebay for much less than a new one but it looks like new. The other two lenses were cheaper and nearly bought the 50-255mm but it has more plastic parts on it. The 70-200 L series lens has more metal parts.

As for the photo I posted for an example, I did use a ttl flash on manual mode for some fill. It can be set at full 1/1 power down to 1/64th power on the light. Would have to give credit to mother nature and Canon for the colors that I get from my pictures.
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