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    Cool In search of a cheap zoom lens. Help is needed! :D

    Hi all, i just bought my first DSLR, Canon 500D with Kit 1 lens, 2 weeks ago.
    realized that the kit lens is not zooming far enough for the shots i wanna shoot.
    after some light research and browsing, i have somehow come to a conclusion on which models that will meet my requirements:

    1. Sigma (CanonMount) 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 DG MACRO
    2. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    3. Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5mm II USM

    basically, i'm looking for a cheap zoom lens for daily usage but not sure which of this lens is value for buck. i'm intending to get a 2nd-hand one as this lens will most likely be abused by me very often and before i go for a L lens with a similar focal length (:

    so, just drop me all your views and opinions or suggestions if i've missed out any models which suits better! (:

    Thank you all for your time and effort in helping me and happy snapping! (:
    Last edited by lesliekoh; 9th October 2009 at 01:51 PM. Reason: edit

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    The 3 models you mentioned might be sufficient to last your "hunger" for awhile..but afterwhich you might find it limited again! Furthermore i think all these 3 models are rather old lens which might be hard to get if you are looking for 1st hand.

    Y not consider sigma 18-200mm, canon 55-250mm or the cheapest will be canon 70-300mm?
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    But then again..when you mnetioned cheap...how "cheap" is your "cheap"?
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    Default Re: In search of a cheap zoom lens. Help is needed! :D

    hey Gerald, thanks for your fast reply!

    well, looking for less than $500 since i'm intending to get a 2nd hand one (:

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    i assume is kit 1 lens is 18-55 lens.
    lets say u are willing to bring to lens out. then the next lens you need to find is something 55-XX onwards

    suggestions for such focal length are:
    55-200
    50-250
    70-300

    depends on what u need, get what u want.
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    You might want to try out the zoom lens to see how much zoom you need? Else if you get a max focal length of 105mm and find it not sufficient then it will be a waste of time.

    Can get a canon 18-200mm to play safe.
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    Default Re: In search of a cheap zoom lens. Help is needed! :D

    wildsoyabean - i'm intending to replace the kit len with this zoom lens thus, the 18/25-105/200mm (:

    prec85 - thanks! that's what i thought so too but not sure if i can find a lens that is with that focal length and cheap at the same time
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    Default Re: In search of a cheap zoom lens. Help is needed! :D

    save for a 24-105 f4 L

    its good glass... worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesliekoh View Post
    wildsoyabean - i'm intending to replace the kit len with this zoom lens thus, the 18/25-105/200mm (:

    prec85 - thanks! that's what i thought so too but not sure if i can find a lens that is with that focal length and cheap at the same time
    if you dont mind changing lens, then canon 55-250 is a good option that you can get <$400 first hand
    otherwise if you want 2nd hand, can look for the canon 18-200, sigma 18-250, tamron 18-270. that said, image quality might not be so good for these all in one zooms, although price range probably all >$500 even 2nd hand.
    might want to consider how fast you are going to upgrade and just save up for the best you have in mind

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    Default Re: In search of a cheap zoom lens. Help is needed! :D

    I think before buying, rent the lens if it's available for rent.
    Test the lens out before deciding what you want to buy.

    That is what I've thought all these while.

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    Try the 70-300 IS. It may not be that cheap but it is really worth saving a little more for.

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