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Jun 07, 2011 10:12 |  #16

Snydremark wrote in post #12549748external link
If you increase your budget, you'd be looking at a used 70-200L f/4 non-IS around $500. But really, the 55-250 IS is a really good option.

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I always tell people the same thing because the 70-200 stomps out the 55-250 and it doesn't cost much more.


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Jun 07, 2011 10:13 |  #17

+ another for the 55-250. It does a very nice job with wildlife.


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Jun 07, 2011 11:50 |  #18

geeky wrote in post #12551417external link
I say Canon 70-210mm USM, cheaper and better build than the 55-250 IS. Ring Type USM focus, f3.5-4.5, etc. but they are hard to come by

edit: there are currently two on ebay

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KEH also has some of them. I almost pulled the trigger on one. But went with the 55-250 instead.



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Jun 07, 2011 11:53 |  #19

seoul4korea wrote in post #12551433external link
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I always tell people the same thing because the 70-200 stomps out the 55-250 and it doesn't cost much more.

Don't know what they cost where you are but here:

New at Crutchfields - 55-250 = $179

70-200= $749

$570 is quite a lot more. Especially on a $300 budget.



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Jun 07, 2011 13:36 |  #20

Just curiousa bout the 55-250IS.

Does it have ringUSM? I know it wont fit on my 1D, but it might be something to consider if I ever move to APS-C.


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Jun 07, 2011 13:43 |  #21

stanwelks wrote in post #12549640external link
I want to buy a telephoto lens for taking pictures of whales jumping out of the water, animals in tress, etc.

I have a XtI and would like to stay under $300.

1. Which lens would you recommend?
2. What accessories should I get to go with it?

Thanks.

For this you need at least a 400mm lens and need to spend a little more .


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Jun 07, 2011 13:47 |  #22

KevC wrote in post #12552551external link
Just curiousa bout the 55-250IS.

Does it have ringUSM? I know it wont fit on my 1D, but it might be something to consider if I ever move to APS-C.

No, it does not have any type of USM. also has rotating front.


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Jun 07, 2011 16:59 |  #23

seoul4korea wrote in post #12551433external link
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I always tell people the same thing because the 70-200 stomps out the 55-250 and it doesn't cost much more.

Well, it stomps it in a lot of ways but it's not that clear of a decision, the 55-250 has a lot of other advantages beyond just price. It's much smaller. It has significantly more reach and also goes wider (for wildlife, who cares, but if you're using it as a walk-around, 55mm is better than 70mm on a lot of things). And it has IS, so even with the f/5.6, you can shoot in lower light than you can with the 70-200 f/4 non-IS if you're handholding.

Those are the reasons I sold my 70-200 f/4 and kept the 55-250. If I only shot outdoors in good light, I definitely would have preferred the 70-200 though, it was super-fast focusing and pretty sharp through the range


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Jun 07, 2011 17:00 |  #24

The 55-250 is your only REAL option. It's regularly $200-$250.


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Jun 07, 2011 19:00 |  #25

55-250 with your current budget of $300 or less. It has its nickname for a good reason. Great optics for a great price (may still be at Best Buy for $199).
Tam 70-300 vc if you can swing $450 upfront ($50 rebate takes about 15 days to get in the mail) but at only $400 it is an awesome lens, better build, better optics, longer reach.


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Jun 07, 2011 23:59 |  #26

Alright, I was being 100% honest with my suggestion earlier.

The Canon 70-210 f3.5-4.5 is a much better telephoto than the 55-250 IS imho.

70-210 f3.5-4.5 USM:
- True ring type USM
- Non Rotating Front element
- better build w/ metal mount
- distance window
- can be found for $150 to $200.
- lower aperture

55-250 IS
- lighter
- IS
- slightly more reach

I've only listed the pros, and in pure honesty, does IS really matter that much on a telephoto? You're most likely going to be using the telephoto outside with plenty of available lighting that you really wont need to slow the shutter speed down. Especially when you compare the apertures of both lenses.

So once again, at the OP's price range, I would suggest the 70-210 f3.5-4.5 USM (becareful, they have a f4 push pull that sucks, so don't confuse the two).


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Jun 08, 2011 01:08 |  #27

seoul4korea wrote in post #12551433external link
+150

I always tell people the same thing because the 70-200 stomps out the 55-250 and it doesn't cost much more.

i like the way a lens that costs 3X more isn't "much more"....

geeky wrote in post #12555786external link
I've only listed the pros, and in pure honesty, does IS really matter that much on a telephoto? You're most likely going to be using the telephoto outside with plenty of available lighting that you really wont need to slow the shutter speed down.

IS on a telephoto is where it's most important...going by the rule of thumb, he'd need a shutter of 1/320 to stop camera shake so he's able to use it in lower light than the 70-210mm...personally i'd way rather have IS than a metal mount, distance window, or non rotating front element....the only real pro i see of the 70-210mm is the USM...


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Jun 08, 2011 11:56 |  #28

geeky wrote in post #12555786external link
Alright, I was being 100% honest with my suggestion earlier.

The Canon 70-210 f3.5-4.5 is a much better telephoto than the 55-250 IS imho.

70-210 f3.5-4.5 USM:
- True ring type USM
- Non Rotating Front element
- better build w/ metal mount
- distance window
- can be found for $150 to $200.
- lower aperture

55-250 IS
- lighter
- IS
- slightly more reach

I've only listed the pros, and in pure honesty, does IS really matter that much on a telephoto? You're most likely going to be using the telephoto outside with plenty of available lighting that you really wont need to slow the shutter speed down. Especially when you compare the apertures of both lenses.

So once again, at the OP's price range, I would suggest the 70-210 f3.5-4.5 USM (becareful, they have a f4 push pull that sucks, so don't confuse the two).

Convincing. I was really divided on which to get. Almost pulled the trigger on the 70-210.



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