Need a new lens, Telephoto maybe?

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  1. Corbin Lane

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    Well, I've been using a Sigma 70-300mm with my XTi. It works wonders but I want something with more zoom. So what are your recommendations for lenses. I don't want to spend 1000's of dollars though. I think my max price is 500.00.

    I will be using this for sports photography.
     
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    I would say that you're probably out of luck. If you're going to be shooting sports, that means you need fast glass; fast=expensive. Even on the used market a decent f4 400mm is going to run you north of $1000, and an f2.8 300 or larger, well, you may as well put your first-born on the auction block.
     
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    Well its not really going to be practical to get something longer than you have if you want to stay under 500 and still have decent IQ

    I think you should look at something like the sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. It has a little less range but it is alot faster which helps alot for sports
     
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    Yeah, That or a kidney on the black market.

    Thanks for the help everyone.
     
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    hmm if you can afford something like a canon 70-200mm L USM f2.8 lens then you can use that with a 1.4 and 2* teleconverter to get more length out of it if you need to.
    There is also and IS version of this lens (image stabalization) but that is a little more in cost

    ps I don't know US prices so can't help much there - sorry
     
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    Also look at the 70-200mm f/4 L with or without IS
     
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    Well with the Sigma 70-200 you can still use a teleconverter, I believe.
     
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    ^^^^^correct
     
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    Yes, but you also double your (assuming you use a 2x teleconverter) minimum apeture...
     
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    Its also important to note that the canon teleconverters only work with canon L lenses (the white ones ;)) due to the physical construction of them which means that they will not conect to other lenses (there might be a few where they will work, but the majority don't)
    So if you are after the sigma lens you will have to get sigma teleconverters
     
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    Hi, if you are shooting sports outdoors you can buy a teleconverter 1.4 or 2x to extend the reach of your zoom by those multiplication factors. They do cut out a stop or 2 of light. There are longer telephotos but they usually come at a higher price.
     
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    I wanted to add that I got a tamron teleconverter that fits several of my canon lenses, I think they also fit sigma lenses.
     

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