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Thread: Lens recommendation to take close up shots of far away things :D

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    Hey guys, hope I'm not spaming this forum , i just have ,many questions which i think should nt be placed together.

    Some info on myself first.

    I'm shawn, very amateur at photography, owns a Canon 500d, like taking sports photos and scenery.

    so down to the topic, the reason why the thread name is quiet poorly constructed is because i don't really know the correct term for it.
    Previously i use to call it " recommendations for zoom lenses" which i was told was subjective or incorrectly termed. so what i actually mean is that , What lens would you recommend me to buy to get shots that are taken from a far distance but "zoomed" in till a close up view.
    kinda like how those soccer photographers can take those shots from one end to another and see the ball still tt kinda thing. so yah , i want to be able to take pictures of objects that are far away with out me going close to it

    hope its understandable
    sry for the confusion

    ow yah my budget would preferably be around 600
    Last edited by ShawnKohJyhShen; 1st July 2010 at 09:02 PM.

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    Are you talking about telephoto lens?

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    erm yah i hope so ....
    erm how to say
    lenses with a higher mm?? as in like i have a lens that is 18-55mm so like towards the 55mm side so means what lens to recommend for more mm like i saw one that was i think 70-250mm but alot of ppl say not good or smthing. ow yah i'm looking for smthing below 600

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    55-250....should be within your budget

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    What you need is a telephoto lens.

    The "mm" is called Focal Length. The greater the focal length, the more close-up view you get.
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    1. Read the newbies guides, you'll learn more about terminology.
    2. For prices, look at the priceguide section and do a little research in the Canon buy and sell section. Once you have 2-3 lenses that meet your needs/budget (don't forget to look at Tamron and Sigma too) then do a little research online for reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skylet View Post
    55-250....should be within your budget
    Quote Originally Posted by gymak90 View Post
    What you need is a telephoto lens.

    The "mm" is called Focal Length. The greater the focal length, the more close-up view you get.
    Thanks for your reply guys

    erm what i found out from using a friend's lens is that the greater the focal length, the less aperture you get, so i'm afraid i might get very dark pictures with such a lens, especially in doors.

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    You're looking at the super telephoto range of focal lengths already for sports and far away objects.

    Have a look at: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=719613 to get an idea.

    Under $600 very difficult to get unless you look at manual focus 400mm lenses or 500mm mirror lenses with adapters. Sometimes you can find mirror lenses in the classifieds here in CS. Manual focus lenses need practise to use, and your viewfinder might not be bright enough to use an f/8 mirror lens.

    For zoom lenses, don't think 200-300mm is enough for how you describe it. From one end to the other need at least 1000mm or more. From the side, spectator stands, need at least 300 - 400mm unless you want to see a lot of the pitch, or can get right on the sideline.

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    Sigma APO 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    Thanks for your reply guys

    erm what i found out from using a friend's lens is that the greater the focal length, the less aperture you get, so i'm afraid i might get very dark pictures with such a lens, especially in doors.
    You are looking for a lens with long focal length to be used indoors?
    What are you intending to photograph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    Thanks for your reply guys

    erm what i found out from using a friend's lens is that the greater the focal length, the less aperture you get, so i'm afraid i might get very dark pictures with such a lens, especially in doors.
    Then you would need a large, fixed-aperture lens. Your budget would need to add a "0" to the end.

    Best to just rent when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    You're looking at the super telephoto range of focal lengths already for sports and far away objects.

    Have a look at: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=719613 to get an idea.

    Under $600 very difficult to get unless you look at manual focus 400mm lenses or 500mm mirror lenses with adapters. Sometimes you can find mirror lenses in the classifieds here in CS. Manual focus lenses need practise to use, and your viewfinder might not be bright enough to use an f/8 mirror lens.

    For zoom lenses, don't think 200-300mm is enough for how you describe it. From one end to the other need at least 1000mm or more. From the side, spectator stands, need at least 300 - 400mm unless you want to see a lot of the pitch, or can get right on the sideline.
    ow sry i might have confused you, i just took that as an example of the type of lens i was looking for, cause i dont want to use words like zoom lens which is not right but yah basically a lens with a higher focal length but not till the standard of soccer photographers with their monster lenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    You are looking for a lens with long focal length to be used indoors?
    What are you intending to photograph?
    some indoor pictures like interior or people that i may need to get a close up picture of but cant get close enough.
    also some pictures of building details as i'm an architecture student, so i would like to get a close up view of the building's facade. or sometimes landscape objects that are too far away

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    ow sry i might have confused you, i just took that as an example of the type of lens i was looking for, cause i dont want to use words like zoom lens which is not right but yah basically a lens with a higher focal length but not till the standard of soccer photographers with their monster lenses
    hmm so you are looking for lens with large aperture???

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    Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM/F4L IS USM

    but you have to x5/x3 your budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    ow sry i might have confused you, i just took that as an example of the type of lens i was looking for, cause i dont want to use words like zoom lens which is not right but yah basically a lens with a higher focal length but not till the standard of soccer photographers with their monster lenses
    No worries, but it helps to be specific, and accurate in describing what you intend to shoot and under what circumstances.

    There is a world of difference between shooting from one end of a football field to the other, and shooting say indoor basketball up close because technical considerations would determine what equipment and approaches are needed.

    CHEERS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iczazache View Post
    hmm so you are looking for lens with large aperture???
    mm im very new with lenses so im nt too sure how to put it, i want to get up close meaning greater focal length while haveing a suitable aperture . focal of up to may be 250 or 200 would be enough but im afraid it might get a dark picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    mm im very new with lenses so im nt too sure how to put it, i want to get up close meaning greater focal length while haveing a suitable aperture . focal of up to may be 250 or 200 would be enough but im afraid it might get a dark picture
    Hmm if you don't mind the noise you could bump up the ISO; i would reccommend the EF-S 55-250mm? if you want the distance

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    some indoor pictures like interior or people that i may need to get a close up picture of but cant get close enough.
    also some pictures of building details as i'm an architecture student, so i would like to get a close up view of the building's facade. or sometimes landscape objects that are too far away
    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnKohJyhShen View Post
    mm im very new with lenses so im nt too sure how to put it, i want to get up close meaning greater focal length while haveing a suitable aperture . focal of up to may be 250 or 200 would be enough but im afraid it might get a dark picture
    Small apertures do not mean dark pictures, it means greater DOF. If you are shooting architecture and landscape, most ppl shoot with f8-11 anyways to get more depth. So its actually beneficial to have a 'slow' lens. But please bring along a tripod.

    If you want to shoot moving subjects like people, sports, animals, etc, you will need a fast lens and bump up the ISO to get the desired speed.

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    Also you could look towards 2nd hand lens??? those better would cost more arnd ur price range instead of being totally out of your price range?

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