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Old 5th of March 2010 (Fri)   #1
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Default Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

I hate my 75-300. I got if for free when I bought my camera off craigslist.
I shoot under the lights for my school and I end up having to use the pop up flash because the lens is slow. It focuses slower than the grandma in front of me on the way home. (exaggeration of course) But it gets to the point where I could miss the shot all together just because its still doing its little focusing dance.
The only thing this lens has been good for in my use is shooting under complete daylight, then its ok.

I am on a tight budget though, so I wondered if I sold my 75-300 for some $$$ and bought the 55-250mm if I would see a good improvement.
(or at least enough to tide me up until I buy myself some L glass for xmas this year )

Would it be worth upgrading?

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canon 75-300 that I have
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...&skuId=2823760
canon 55-250 that i ask about
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...&skuId=8758114
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Old 5th of March 2010 (Fri)   #2
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...mp=5&APIComp=1

55-250mm looks ehh to me... just save up till you have money for L
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Old 5th of March 2010 (Fri)   #3
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

The 55-250 IS had two advantages, but don't expect it to solve all of your concerns.

On the plus side, the 55-250 IS is a better lens optically, meaning in situations when everything is perfect (stabile platform, adequate light) the 55-250 can probably deliver a better image.

Along with that, the 55-250 has IS which means it can be used in lower light situations than the 75-300 provided that the subjects are still or very slowly moving.

Now for the bad news.....the 55-250 is just as slow optically as the 75-300 so it will not help you at all with freezing motion in low light.
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

save another 250 and get 70-200f4 used
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

IMHO the 55-250 has much better image quality. However, it still focuses rather slowly and isn't much faster (f/5.6).

My advice: buy a used copy now and sell it again when you can afford a 70-200.
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

By the way, bestbuy prices are aweful. Amazon has it for 250 with no tax, and free shipping.

Buy used, you can probably get it for $180-200.
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

yea srsly who buys anything from real stores? internet ftw price is cheaper plus no tax and free shipping
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

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save another 250 and get 70-200f4 used
if hes having problems with low light in the gym/school with the lens he has now and the pop up flash coming up the 70-200 f/4L wont do that much better (focus speed will be better but still need flash bc of lighting. he needs something faster to pull in more light like a 2.8. or a camera with better iso abilities.

if you dont want to spend too much try getting a sigma 70-200 2.8.

if you dont use the 200 or 300 end that much try an 85 1.8, 100 f/2... wanna spend more 135L or a little less, 200 2.8.
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Both lenses are the same speed optically, the 55-250IS will deliver a better image... purely on the grounds that the 75-300 f/4-5.6 III is one of Canon's WORST lenses. Lens speed and focusing speed tho will be similar. If you're missing shots for lack of focus with the turd, you're gonna have the same problem with the 55-250IS.

I'd sell the 75-300, get whatever you can for it, and put it towards a 70-200 f/4L, or if you can swing it, f/4L IS. Both have the same wicked-fast USM motor, FTM, and are solid performers. The f/4L IS is better optically than the non-IS, plus it delivers nicer bokeh thanx to the rounded aperture blades.
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Both lenses are the same speed optically, the 55-250IS will deliver a better image... purely on the grounds that the 75-300 f/4-5.6 III is one of Canon's WORST lenses. Lens speed and focusing speed tho will be similar. If you're missing shots for lack of focus with the turd, you're gonna have the same problem with the 55-250IS.

I'd sell the 75-300, get whatever you can for it, and put it towards a 70-200 f/4L, or if you can swing it, f/4L IS. Both have the same wicked-fast USM motor, FTM, and are solid performers. The f/4L IS is better optically than the non-IS, plus it delivers nicer bokeh thanx to the rounded aperture blades.
Bottom line: don't waste your money on a stop-gap that isn't really solving your problems.

If you're tight on funds, sell the turd, put the money towards an 85/1.8 or 100/2. Each can be hand for less than $400.
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

Save your money for the L glass and figure out the best way to use the lens you have. Play around with it a bit more. I've taken lots of usable pictures with my cheap 75-300 IS.



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Ide save up for the 700-200 f4 .
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Default Re: Upgrading 75-300 to 55-250 IS worth it?

I haven't used the 70-300 before but I can only imagine it's just as slow as the 55-250. However, the 55-250 has IS so it helps a bit. I was able to get some decent indoor basketball pics. Had to use ISO1600 most of the time. It's fine at 55mm but once I start zooming in, I can hardly get any usable pics =/ If i use a fast shutter speed then it'll be too dark but if I use a slower one it'll be blurry. I just ordered a 70-200 f/4 IS so I'll see how that works out compared to the 55-250.
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