recommend me a zoom lens

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  1. zero_gravity

    zero_gravity TPF Noob!

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    First time poster here, hello to everyone.

    Been into photography most of my life on and off. I've certainly got the basics down, not much more beyond that. I was lucky in that my father used to be a professional but most of that was long ago before I was born. I got to play with some old Nikon film SLR's from a young age, so was very helpful.

    Present day I'm rocking the canon T5i. For someone that has no interest in going pro, this camera is great. I have 5 lenses so far. One of them is the cheap 75-300mm that every idiot has. I notice that the clarity is good for the price, but other than that this thing is a piece of crap. Chromatic aberrations is god awful and it hunts for focus in a bad way. Even outside in daylight it has trouble focusing on the right thing and is very slow to do so. FYI i adjust the auto focus to center point only with this lens. Multi point is just useless with it.

    So I need a new zoom lens. I'd like to keep the upper end of 300mm. I don't use it constantly, and I'm thinking that a nice canon L series is stupid overkill for a T5. Plus I have no urge to spend $1600 on a used one. The standard F4-5.6 that I have now is just fine, I only really use it outdoors.

    Is there much out there that will perform better than what I have without costing me a small fortune? I don't mind the off brands, my current favorite lens is a sigma 30mm followed closely by a tokina 11-16mm wide angle. Both were used, still working great.

    Anything worthwhile? I'd rent but I'd have to drive an hour each way to nearest store that rents gear....


    Thanks.


     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    Look at the newest but used Tamron version 70-300 for canon.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Isn't the 75-300mm Canon a very OLD lens??? Note the 75mm to 300mm specification...do you mean the old, color-fringing lens?

    The Tamron 70-300 VC seems to be a very decent, affordable lens. I've seen a numbe rof pretty good shots done with the Tamron 70-300 VC over a number of years.
     
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    beagle100 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    yes, ditch the old 75-300 - a refurbished 55-250 STM is $199
    or look at camera lens buy/sell forums, used versions of 70-200 f/4 and used 100-400 go for around $600
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    Thanks for the opinions. I'd love to pick up a nice used tamron, but not many of those go on sale here. I think I'll keep my eyes open for now.

    The 55-250 stm is an option, but I think id be happier keeping the 300 on the upper end.
     

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