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Thread: Need advice on budget telezoom lens

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    Default Need advice on budget telezoom lens

    Hi im looking for a telezoom lens (canon mount) btwn the 55-300mm range. Kinda tight on budget so im trying to find something below $500 ($300 if possible).

    Currently considering:
    Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS
    Canon EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 III USM
    Sigma 70-300mm APO f4-5.6

    Will the f4 be a huge problem with sharpness? Can oso recommend any good budget lenses?

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    Member MarkTan89's Avatar
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    Default Re: Need advice on budget telezoom lens

    If you have unstable hands, the 55-250IS is your best bet and the results produced from that lens are commendable especially for the price you're paying.

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    Default Re: Need advice on budget telezoom lens

    I think for your budget, 55-250mm is obvious choice. It comes with IS which will be very helpful in low light conditions.

    If you are looking for telezoom lens but at $300, you can try the B&S section. If you want a new set, then you have to forgo nice features, like IS and USM, and go for the simplest one like EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III.

    For 55-250, at F4 sharpness is ok, but you may encounter serious vignetting. My experience is that most lenses are sharpest at around F8-11.
    Last edited by gymak90; 17th June 2008 at 02:06 PM.
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    Default Re: Need advice on budget telezoom lens

    I had use both Canon EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 III USM, Sigma 70-300mm APO f4-5.6 before. If you want my opinion, Canon EF 75-300mm will be a good choice with better picture quality. For 2nd hand in Buy/Sell section you might be able to get it around $150-$220.

    For lens review please check below:
    Canon 5D II, 20-35 f/2.8L, 28-80 f/2.8L, 70-200 f/4L IS, 100-300 f/5.6L, 100 f/2.8 Macro

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    Default Re: Need advice on budget telezoom lens

    Go for the 55-250IS. Shoot at F8 if possible, it's quite sharp from there onwards. And the IS really help alot.
    One day you'll see.

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    Default Re: Need advice on budget telezoom lens

    Go get the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS.
    If not going to FF cam soon.
    Got IS can hand held most of the time no need to hang around a tripod.
    If can save abit more for a 2nd hand EF 70-200 F/4 L about $700+...Happy buying...
    Last edited by Goldenstars08; 17th June 2008 at 11:13 PM.


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