New lens advice

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  1. Mtalicarox

    Mtalicarox TPF Noob!

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    Hey All - I am looking at this lens.
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Canon-75-300mm-4-5-6-Telephoto-Cameras/dp/B00004THD0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1243021634&sr=8-2]Amazon.com: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras: Electronics[/ame]

    what do you think about the price/lens? Good or bad?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's an OK price for it, I think. All those 70-300 lenses are close to the same price/quality. [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-75-300mm-4-5-6-Telephoto-Cameras/dp/B00004THCZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1243023831&sr=1-1"]THIS ONE[/ame], is a little better because it has a USM focus motor.
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-75-300mm-4-5-6-Telephoto-Cameras/dp/B00004XONF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1243023901&sr=1-1"]THIS ONE[/ame] is a lot better because it also has IS (image stabilization) but it's also a lot more expensive.

    I have the USM (non IS) version. It's an OK lens, especially for the price...but it's certainly not a great lens. The main problem is that the max aperture isn't very big (F4 to F5.6). This makes it hard to get good shutter speeds when the light isn't great....and because this is a long telephoto lens, you need fast shutter speeds to get sharp shots unless you are using a tripod (or a really high ISO setting).

    Overall, it's a decent lens for the money, and you would have to spend a lot more money to get a better lens.

    You might also consider 70-300mm lenses from Tamron or Sigma. They are very similar to this one and might be a little bit cheaper.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Mike, I think you may mean the 70-300mm IS USM. the 75-300mm was replaced by this one which features UD elements. :)

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-70-300mm-4-5-6-Lens-Cameras/dp/B0007Y794O"]Amazon.com: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo[/ame]


    I agree on checking out other brands low end telephoto zoom as well.
     
  4. Mtalicarox

    Mtalicarox TPF Noob!

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    Excellent. Can you suggest an actual model from tamron or sigma? I am just looking for a nice third lens with a little more zoom.. I have a 70-210 already, but it's kind of old.
     
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    If you already have a 70-210, I would suggest maybe looking at a 400mm prime.

    I have 70-300 VR Nikkor and looking to go to the 70-200 Tamron f/2.8. VR is nice, but I find myself shooting more without than with it. On the tripod, I learned you need to turn it off. Panning you need to disable the horizontal stabilization. Other times I am shooting with flash or high enough shutter, I don't notice it. It's nice, but not the where-with-all.

    If I go anything faster than that, I would rather have a nice high speed prime for 400 or 500 mm.
     

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