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Old 13th of January 2012 (Fri)   #16
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Default Re: Replacing Canon 55-250

Definitely recommend the upgrade to the 10-22mm or the 70-200mm L. You'll notice a great difference and improvement from the 55-250mm...
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Old 13th of January 2012 (Fri)   #17
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I would think less about additional range, and think more about getting better quality glass. Since you said you are retiring and traveling, I would look at the 24-105 f4L. When you see the color, contrast and sharpness, you wonder why you waited so long. After that, it's a very slippery slope into L-L-Land.
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Old 13th of January 2012 (Fri)   #18
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I agree what others have suggested. Look into the used 10-22mm market since many folks going FF and letting go of some great condition 10-22mm for $600. I love mine on the 7D.
I tested my 55-250 against my 70-200 f2.8L non-IS at comparable FL and aperture. Let's put it this way, the 55-250 has UNBELIEVEABLE value.
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I'd say keep the 55-250 unless you're planning on going full frame. I'd go the route that gives you something you don't already have and get the 10-22.
I agree, unless you want more focal range (400mm) or a larger aperture (f2.8) keep the 55-250IS
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Old 13th of January 2012 (Fri)   #19
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Default I LOVE MY 70-200mm f/4L IS LENS

The 70-200mm f/4L IS lens is the most wonderful lens I have ever used. Although the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS ii lens is a stop faster, the f/4L IS lens is light enough to carry everywhere and long enough on a 1.6x format to do most of my photography...

I love everything about the f/4L IS... The image quality is exceptional, the auto focus is quick and accurate, the IS allows me not to be a slave to low light levels. It is bult like a tank. I love the constant f/4 aperture and the non rotating front element...

I use my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens 4-5x more often than I could ever use my previous non-IS version because of the ability to hand hold this lens...

I shot a 2 week trip to China exclusively with the 70-200mm f/4L IS and 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lenses. See my China galleries at the smugmug site below...
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Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. I like the idea of buying used and being able to get both the UWA and the 70-200. However, I have noticed that, particularly for the Canon 10-22, there is not a major difference in the price of new (Amazon) and used -- $75-125 difference. Significant difference but not necessarily a game changer. How reliable are sources for used lenses such as eBay and and the For Sale forum on this board and others? Your experiences would be very helpful.
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Old 16th of January 2012 (Mon)   #21
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Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. I like the idea of buying used and being able to get both the UWA and the 70-200. However, I have noticed that, particularly for the Canon 10-22, there is not a major difference in the price of new (Amazon) and used -- $75-125 difference. Significant difference but not necessarily a game changer. How reliable are sources for used lenses such as eBay and and the For Sale forum on this board and others? Your experiences would be very helpful.
Buyer beware ? Really though, if you can find someone local that has one such as on Craigslist- I'd think that is a better option. I'm sure that most transactions go without issues- but I'd rather buy new in most cases anyhow.
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Old 16th of January 2012 (Mon)   #22
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~$688 from Canon refurb. I know it's not a super bargain, but you can trust the supplier!
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Old 16th of January 2012 (Mon)   #23
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Here what i did,,and very Happy,,,kept my Canon 55-250IS as a light,,& good lens,,,& got a new Tamron 70-300 VC,,heavy but 300mm is great,VC is very good,,much better than the Canon 70-300 IS i had and SOLD,,sure i would have liked a $2,000 Canon lens but cash did not allow that,,,,,My 2nd Tamron lens & i like them,,28-75 F2.8 is my other lens Ron
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I'd get 70-200, it's supposed to be a fantastic multipurpose lens. Your 15-85 should be good for landscapes.

70-300... I'd skip this one. It may be a bit better than 55-250 but twice as expensive, not worth it IMHO.

I'd also keep 55-250, you're not going to get much for it anyway, and it's great for travel.
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Old 16th of January 2012 (Mon)   #25
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I bought two used lenses off this forum's sell section and was very happy. My wife has also bought lenses here and we haven't had any issues at all. It's a good way to go.
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