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NEMESIS_2020
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:13
Hi everyone,

I have a canon 600d with the kit lens. I played with the camera for a month and have now realized the limitations of the 18-55 and are now seeking a new lens. The 50mm 1.8 is a definite buy, and i am also seeking a lens with a longer focal length. My choices are as follows:

55-250 f4 is
70-300 f4 usm
Sigma 70-300 f4
Tamron 70-300 f4

I am on a budget so these are my selections. Any comments on which lens i should buy would be greatly appreciated.

Sirrith
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:20
Get the 55-250 IS, probably the best budget telephoto you can find.

You might also consider the sigma 30 1.4 over the 50 1.8, its closer to a normal FOV on your 600D, and is a better lens all around. If your budget allows for it of course. If not, then the nifty is a good intro to primes.

Lone Rider
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:24
Hi everyone,

I have a canon 600d with the kit lens. I played with the camera for a month and have now realized the limitations of the 18-55 and are now seeking a new lens. The 50mm 1.8 is a definite buy, and i am also seeking a lens with a longer focal length. My choices are as follows:

55-250 f4 is
70-300 f4 usm
Sigma 70-300 f4
Tamron 70-300 f4

I am on a budget so these are my selections. Any comments on which lens i should buy would be greatly appreciated.

What is it about the 18-55 that you don't like? We keep ours on our 550D and it produces some excellent photos.

If you're on a budget theres nothing wrong with the 55-250. The others you've pointed out do come with a compromise....

NEMESIS_2020
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:27
What is it about the 18-55 that you don't like? We keep ours on our 550D and it produces some excellent photos.

If you're on a budget theres nothing wrong with the 55-250. The others you've pointed out do come with a compromise....

I need more focal length to shoot wildlife.

Sirrith
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:33
If you're planning to shoot wildlife, none of those will be long enough, you're going to have to save up for a 100-400 or a sigma 150/50-500, otherwise you'll have a very hard time.

NEMESIS_2020
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:39
Whats wrong with the sigma and tamron? They have a 50mm advantage over the 55-250.

EthanFrank
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:45
The Sigma 70-300mm is dreadful, my friend. A good telephoto past 250mm or so costs pretty big money. I can't speak about the Tamron.

Sirrith
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 20:49
Whats wrong with the sigma and tamron? They have a 50mm advantage over the 55-250.

If you're talking about the tamron 70-300 VC USD, the one that costs ~$400, nothing is wrong with it, except it costs roughly twice the price of the 55-250, and doesn't offer twice the IQ so its up to you to decide if the other features are worth it to you. If you're talking about the older version that costs under $200, then the 55-250 walks all over it in terms of IQ, and the same with the sigma 70-300. The canon 70-300 IS USM costs a lot more than the 55-250, and again doesn't provide that much better IQ, so you have to decide whether the extra features are worth the extra money to you. But the 55-250 is a VERY good lens. Don't be put off by its cheap looks/price

DreDaze
29th of April 2011 (Fri), 21:40
the problem is none of the specific lenses you mentioned really exist...and there are a few different varieties that one could easily think you're talking for each lens, aside from the 55-250IS

is the canon 70-300f4 you list really a 75-300mm USM, or a 70-300IS(you didn't include IS, so i'm wondering if it's the 75-300mm)

there's no sigma 70-300f4...so is it the 70-300APO? or the 70-300OS? or did you mean 100-300f4?

is the tamron the newer 70-300VC? or the older version?

what is your total budget...if it's $400 or less than the 55-250IS would be my choice...or maybe the new tamron...if it's more than that, well other options may be available with more reach

BzBrian
30th of April 2011 (Sat), 01:18
honestly, two months into photography, i wouldn't recommend spending big on a good wildlife zoom so the 55-250 can do for now. i'd also second Sirrith, the sigma 30mm 1.4 is a great lens on a cropped body. 50mm on a cropped is just too much for a good walk around.

NEMESIS_2020
30th of April 2011 (Sat), 20:43
Thanks guys! The 55-250 is will be my next lens