Which zoom lens is better?


etherealz

New Member
Dec 15, 2010
50
0
0
#1
Hi guys, considering to purchase a zoom lens for taking pictures like in the zoo/birdpark. May i know which is a better lens to buy? budget around $400.

Thanks :)
 

Supersimon27

Senior Member
Jan 20, 2010
2,964
22
38
#2
Hi guys, considering to purchase a zoom lens for taking pictures like in the zoo/birdpark. May i know which is a better lens to buy? budget around $400.

Thanks :)
DA/DAL 55-300mm

Cheap and good . U can't go wrong with this lens ....
 

etherealz

New Member
Dec 15, 2010
50
0
0
#3
DA/DAL 55-300mm

Cheap and good . U can't go wrong with this lens ....
Cool. Tks.. May i know the difference of DA and DAL? Is it the optical that they use? Sorry a newbie here. :)
 

vitor

New Member
Oct 13, 2009
121
0
0
#4
thats a good one,

order than that Tam18-200mm
as a overall walkabout
 

ethan79

New Member
Apr 7, 2010
32
0
0
#6
Gotten a Tamron 18-250mm, so far has been reliable. Brought $380 as is second hand. 1st owner used for 5 months only.It's good for walkabout and definitely the one lens u can bring for overseas trip
 

maverickh

New Member
Mar 22, 2009
1,428
7
0
#7
Hi , given your budget the DA 55 - 300 would be your best bet. This lens will be able to deliver in 90% of the time under good lighting condition.

Just take note that this lens will probably struggle when you attempt to take headshots of the mandrill at 300mm f/5.8 ( esp. when the mandrill is sitting under the shape ) . I think even if you fire the flash, may not help, considering the distance between the subject and you.

Otherwise this is a value for money lens, considering the size, focal length and price. Happy shooting at the zoo .
 

Last edited:

pinholecam

Moderator
Staff member
Jul 23, 2007
10,944
88
48
#8
As suggested DA 55-300.
Best long zoom for the money. My only dislike for it was the slow f5.8 at 300mm which meant that ISO had to be on the high side, esp on cloudy days.
To me its prowess is at 190mm, which is at f4.5 and matched if not sharper than the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 at f4 (at least on the copy I tried).
 

angkukueh

New Member
Oct 19, 2010
37
0
0
#9
Sigma APO DG 70-300 Macro is not bad too. Can be had for about $340.
 

May 7, 2010
1,028
0
0
#11
As suggested DA 55-300.
Best long zoom for the money. My only dislike for it was the slow f5.8 at 300mm which meant that ISO had to be on the high side, esp on cloudy days.
To me its prowess is at 190mm, which is at f4.5 and matched if not sharper than the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 at f4 (at least on the copy I tried).
wow.. thats a good info to know..
thanks!
 

MarineX

Deregistered
Dec 25, 2009
462
0
0
#12
Tamron 18-200mm lens no PP.. only stitch.

 

Last edited:

CorneliusK

Senior Member
Jan 23, 2010
790
0
16
#15
If you want to shoot birds or animals DA 55-300 is easily the best budget option. Especially if you can find a DAL version which is even cheaper.

However, if you want something which is more versatile, you might want something which can go wider - Something like the 18-200 or 18-250.

Thus you need to consider your needs as well as what lens you already have - do you already have something that covers this range? Are you comfortable with carrying more than 1 lens, and changing them as needed? etc
 

sircam

New Member
May 21, 2007
731
0
0
#16
The 55-300 output will, more often than not, require less sharpening than any other of the zoom lenses mentioned on this page. Hope this info (which speaks for the IQ capability of the lens) helps you with your decision.

If you have never used such lenses before, you will soon discover that the only major minus point with all the ultra zoom lenses is that they cannot be used as confidently at their longer focal lengths under dim lighting conditions.
 

Top Bottom