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    is the above lens enough for birding? i am using 500D with EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, which is an old lens.. was wondering whether i should spend my angbao money on this lens or the 430EX II cos i was asked to do a product shoot for my friend's blogshop..
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    I will say lighting is pretty important in a product shoot. However you need alot of practice and experience to handle it well.

    So are you willing to spend the money on your friend product shoot or spend the money on a lens for birding?

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    Why not rent first?
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    I think i've sort of made a decision alredy.. but there's still another question.. i've checked the specs for 430EX II and i realise the manual setting can only go up to 1/64.. it costs S$475, as stated in equote from MS.. for S$410, i can get the Nissin Di866, which the manual setting can reach 1/128.. is it more worthwhile if i get the Nissin flash??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff08 View Post
    I think i've sort of made a decision alredy.. but there's still another question.. i've checked the specs for 430EX II and i realise the manual setting can only go up to 1/64.. it costs S$475, as stated in equote from MS.. for S$410, i can get the Nissin Di866, which the manual setting can reach 1/128.. is it more worthwhile if i get the Nissin flash??
    You mean "down to", right? 1/128 is smaller than 1/64 with 1/1 being the setting for "full blast". I'd prefer the Canon flash if the price difference is so small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff08 View Post
    is the above lens enough for birding? i am using 500D with EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, which is an old lens.. was wondering whether i should spend my angbao money on this lens or the 430EX II cos i was asked to do a product shoot for my friend's blogshop..
    Only of the bird stands still and there is enough light for f/8. The EF-75-300 is a low quality lens. There was a time when Mustafa sold the non-USM version for 99 bucks. But a flash is a different thing than a lens for birding. Are you sure you know what you want?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    You mean "down to", right? 1/128 is smaller than 1/64 with 1/1 being the setting for "full blast". I'd prefer the Canon flash if the price difference is so small.
    Im sorry, yes, its down to.. my mistake here..


    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Only of the bird stands still and there is enough light for f/8. The EF-75-300 is a low quality lens. There was a time when Mustafa sold the non-USM version for 99 bucks. But a flash is a different thing than a lens for birding. Are you sure you know what you want?
    I think more of less, i know what i really want now.. i shld be getting the flash first, since i was asked to do a product shoot, and i am interested in event photography, like wedding, parties.. birding will wait later when i have the $$$ to buy better quality lens bah..

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    i was also researching for a tele zoom lens, a cheap one.. for my canon 500D kit (18-55mm).. and i read mainly negative reviews for the 75-300 lens.. so i'd say if u dont wanna spend more on a zoom lens, then go ahead with ur flash.. have u considered EF-S 55-250? thats wat ive pretty much decided on, for my setup
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    If you want to take pictures of birds on branches then i recommend the efs 55-250mm IS. You can skip the EF 75-300mm USM. The EFS 55-250mm IS is much better. For birds in flight u simply need a fast focussing lens.

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    birding/wildlife are all expensive forms of photography. good luck mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahathir View Post
    If you want to take pictures of birds on branches then i recommend the efs 55-250mm IS. You can skip the EF 75-300mm USM. The EFS 55-250mm IS is much better. For birds in flight u simply need a fast focussing lens.

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    Hi How about 70-300mm f4- 5.6 USM IS? how does it compare with efs 55-250 IS? I thought the focusing is faster with 70-300mm due to its USM whereas 55-250 does not have USM

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoeye View Post
    Hi How about 70-300mm f4- 5.6 USM IS? how does it compare with efs 55-250 IS? I thought the focusing is faster with 70-300mm due to its USM whereas 55-250 does not have USM
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    Quote Originally Posted by photoeye View Post
    Hi How about 70-300mm f4- 5.6 USM IS? how does it compare with efs 55-250 IS? I thought the focusing is faster with 70-300mm due to its USM whereas 55-250 does not have USM
    The EF 70-300mm IS USM has more reach but it may cost up to 2 to 3 times more than the EF 55-250mm IS. About image quality, they are quite close to each other. In terms of focusing speed theres differing opinions. Anyway my ultimate birding lens is the EF 100-400mm IS USM F4.5-5.6L. I'm saving up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahathir View Post
    The EF 70-300mm IS USM has more reach but it may cost up to 2 to 3 times more than the EF 55-250mm IS. About image quality, they are quite close to each other. In terms of focusing speed theres differing opinions. Anyway my ultimate birding lens is the EF 100-400mm IS USM F4.5-5.6L. I'm saving up for it.

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    I have the EF-s 55-250mm IS, and not happy with it for my few birding outings to Bird Park. May be partly due to my skill and partly the slow Auto focusing, I could not get a good pic of bird in flight. Not ready to spend $$$ for EF 100-400mm so considering 70-300mm which has good review but cost 2X more than 55 -250mm but half the price of 100-400mm.

    From what i read so far, IQ seems to be good. Photozone mentions that it is a hidden L lens in term of image quality. As you said there is differing opinions on its focusing speed so I cannot decide if it is worthwhile to change.

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