View Full Version : a decent telephoto lens
4th of February 2009 (Wed), 13:31
hey im new to lanscape pics sand dslr's i wanna know whats a decent telephoto lens for like around hundred bucks if theres any nifty fifty lenses i would like to know
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 06:45
I think you will struggle to get a "decent" telephoto for $100. The nifty is a standard prime which could be within that price range but anything longer will cost $$$
A good telephoto zoom lens that I used to have was the Sigma 70-300 APO which is now about £150 (not sure of the price in dollars).
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 06:48
I doubt you can find any tele for under $100. If the Sigma fits your needs, and is cheap, that's about $280 US.
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 06:50
I think you should look at the Canon 55-250 IS for $200 refurbished at Adorama. That one seems to be the best of the cheap telephoto zooms.
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 09:07
thanks everyone i just am realli new at this whole lense thing
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 09:11
No worries - we were all once really new too! :)
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 10:33
promaster 70-300 i was looking at this one too my buddie gots it and wants to get rid of it for 180 to me and its brand new is that a good lens for that price
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 10:55
For the money I think you are much better off with the Canon 55-250 IS for $200 refurbished at Adorama. http://www.adorama.com/CA55250AFSR.html?searchinfo=canon%20refurbished&item_no=46 It is a very well regarded budget lens and it has 4 stop Image Stabilization with UD glass. Some people do call it the nifty two-fifty. Remember that prime lens like the 50 1.8 is very cheap and easy to design and build. Zoom lenses are more complicated and cheap telephoto zooms are famous for their shortcomings not their their strengths.
I would never buy anything made by Promaster, especially a lens. That does not sound like a very good deal for a used generic lens. I would not consider it even if he offered it for half of $180.
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 15:06
I can tell you my next purchase is a 55-250 IS. I have seen some good results, and have heard some great things.. especially in regards to IQ. Apparently the build sucks.. but as I have the non-IS kit and the nifty.. build quality is not something that I concern myself with (nor could afford even if I did care about it lol).
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 15:48
the Canon 55-250 is a really good lens for the money...and some even refer to it as the nifty two-fifty!...lol
I like mine a lot. It is light and returns very good IQ IMO. There is a thread in the lens picture archive full of wonderful shots from this lens.
6th of February 2009 (Fri), 15:53
To the OP: don't fall into the trap of thinking that more gear -- more or different lenses -- is going to automatically mean a difference in the quality of your images. You're new to your dSLR and you haven't yet really worked through to a basic understanding of exposure, composition, and post-processing. In your shoes, I would spend a couple of intense months really learning how to use the camera with the 18-55 lens you have, and then get more lenses only when you have exhausted what the 18-55 can do for you.
8th of February 2009 (Sun), 20:53
The Sigma 70-300 APO Macro is quite a good lens (I used to own it) and I bought it for $105.00 on eBay US. I just lucked out as it usually goes for more than that. However, if you can't get the 55-250 (which I think is better) then you could consider the Sigma. Just make sure it is the one with APO because there is also one that does not have APO and it is not as good.
You could search in the Sell Forum and see if anyone here is selling it.
9th of February 2009 (Mon), 13:53
I got a tamron 55-200 for $99, they usually have the rebate for it. Not a great lens, but certainly does the job if there is enough light.
12th of February 2009 (Thu), 07:09
i picked up the canon 55-2500mm tele lens i realli like it just a loud focus
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