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    Hi , friends....
    wanted to buy a zoom lens , consider of EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS or the EF 90-300mm , anyone can give me opinion ( i am new here )?? Thanks.

    I own a 17-85mm IS lens wit 400D

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    upz...

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    I generally don't like the EF-S mount since you can't use them on the older film SLRs.
    Don't think you can use them on the 5D either. If you intend to upgrade to a 5D in future your EF-S lens will be useless.

    Otherwise which lens you get depends on what telephoto range you want.

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    I had the same problem deciding between a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. In the end I went for the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS because of its light weight & image stabilization. To me IS is important caus I tend to have shakey hands when I've been shooting for extended periods. If you intend to upgrade to a FF camera then getting an EF lense might be a better choice.
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    EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a better choice because of its IS.

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    Why not you also consider EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM or EF 75-300 F4-5.6 III USM?

    Because I think these 2 lenses will better complement your current 17-85. The focal lengths will overlap a little, but not as much as 55-250 to amount to a waste. Plus with USM, like your 17-85, you'll get fast and quiet focusing.

    I've tried the 55-250, it is a good and decent lens, but sharpness is poorer than 17-85. And like others have said, it will not work on full frame bodies.
    I've not used the 90-300mm before, so I can't comment, but if you buy that lens, you will be losing 5mm in your total range. And without the IS, you may be disadvantaged. However that actually depends on you (e.g. whether you have shaky hands). I'm fine without IS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gymak90 View Post
    but if you buy that lens, you will be losing 5mm in your total range.
    How far is 5mm in term of distance - perhaps a couple steps forward or backward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS TAN View Post
    How far is 5mm in term of distance - perhaps a couple steps forward or backward?
    Heh.. Just crop off a few pixels.
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    dun know whether it is a typo anot ??
    EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM: RS$ - TCW $500, $365 (Grey) / MS $350 / CP $269
    EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM : RS$390 - CP $320

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama2213 View Post
    dun know whether it is a typo anot ??
    EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM: RS$ - TCW $500, $365 (Grey) / MS $350 / CP $269
    EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM : RS$390 - CP $320
    Well.. Since 55-250 came out.. 75-300 may become cheaper? Perhaps its without GST and Cash price? When in doubt, call and find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS TAN View Post
    How far is 5mm in term of distance - perhaps a couple steps forward or backward?
    Oh well, some may feel uneasy when they don't have a complete range.

    About the price - if it is correct, it does look like a good deal. Can consider getting it.
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    I'm a satisfied owner of a 55-250IS and can say its a pretty sharp lens for the money. Image Stabilizer is crucial for dimmer conditions. The 75-300 has a good range but only useable up to 1/300 or slightly slower (1/200 ?) if you have steadier hands. I feel IS is quite important for such a long focal length.

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    EF-S 55-250mm, a modern telezoom lens specially designed for 1.6x body starters. Coupled with IS at such an affordable price... good image quality vs the price... lightweight and reasonably fast AF... for me it's a pretty straight forward selection

    BTW, the USM in EF 70-300mm/75-300mm is not those ring type, so, this option is void to me.

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    The useable shutter speed of a lens really depends on how steady your hands are. Holding technique also come into play. I took pretty good shots before at 1/40s F5.6 with the 75-300mm non-IS.

    The 55-250 is overall a good lens. It is made not with superb build or superb quality in mind, but rather affordability and usefulness. The IS can be very helpful. Unfortunately it only works with cropped sensors.

    Quote Originally Posted by mummum View Post
    BTW, the USM in EF 70-300mm/75-300mm is not those ring type, so, this option is void to me.
    Hmm I see, then what type is it? Personally, I will value USM more than IS. Faster focusing allows me to do more kinds of photography. Can do sports, birding etc. I tried capturing sprinters on lenses without USM, the lens cannot make it - too slow. Haha
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    Just as a correction, none of these are standard zoom lenses. The lenses you are choosing from are all telephoto zoom lenses.

    Telephoto generally refers to any focal length above 80mm
    Zoom generally refers to any lens with the ability to vary its focal length, either by turning a zoom ring, push-pull action or otherwise.

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    Go for a canon 70-200 F4 L lens!!
    lots of Cs-ers selling it for about 800. its good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama2213 View Post
    wanted to buy a zoom lens , consider of EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS or the EF 90-300mm , anyone can give me opinion ( i am new here )?? Thanks.
    I have the 75-300 and the 55-250 IS. The 75-300 is pretty bad. I'd get the 55-250 IS any day. Not familiar with the 90-300mm - it doesn't seem to be available in the U.S. Is it a discontinued lens?

    If you need the 300mm focal length, save up for the 70-300mm IS.

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    i will vote for 70-200 f4L

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngck12 View Post
    i will vote for 70-200 f4L
    but the price ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama2213 View Post
    but the price ....
    Around 1K new, 800 or less 2nd hand? And its an L!
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