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Jun 05, 2010 10:25 |  #1

Helping a friend out who is going to be purchasing a Canon T1i and is taking a trip to South Africa for a wildlife photography trip. Only problem is she can't afford all the 70-200, 300, 400mm L glass.

Any suggestions on which telephoto lens she should get on a budget for a crop sensor? I was thinking the 55-250 would be a pretty good bet....what do you think? Think that's enough reach? Anything else out there pretty cheap? Unfortunately don't know her budget yet, but I know she can't spend $1k+ on a lens

Maybe a kit lens to pair it with for some wider angle/general purpose shots as well?


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Jun 05, 2010 10:38 |  #2

I think you are spot on there. The 55-250 with the 18-55 IS is probably all that is needed for the trip. It would be nice to get low light shots as well if possible and for $100ish the 50mm 1.8 II is a bargain.


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Jun 05, 2010 10:41 |  #3

Jam.radonc wrote in post #10307191 (external link)
I think you are spot on there. The 55-250 with the 18-55 IS is probably all that is needed for the trip. It would be nice to get low light shots as well if possible and for $100ish the 50mm 1.8 II is a bargain.

GOOD CALL, nifty fifty would be a must for a budget prime


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Jun 05, 2010 10:43 |  #4

I'm trying to think of a step up telephoto for her too in case she's willing to spend some extra money (without sacrificing the focal length too much)


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Jun 05, 2010 10:47 |  #5

The 55-250 is a great bang-for-the-buck lens. It really is pretty sharp, the IS is effective, and it's light and compact. I've really enjoyed mine and it has given me lots of great photos.

Incidentally, *ahem,* I am selling mine right now as I am upgrading. If she wants to save some money. ;)

All kidding aside, i do really like this lens and it is a steal.


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Jun 05, 2010 10:56 |  #6

if she had an extra $100-$200 to spend on the body -- perhaps a t2i?

if she had an extra $$ to throw at a telephoto under $1k, any recommendations?


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Jun 05, 2010 11:19 |  #7

African safari, I'd strongly recommend 400mm,. 300mm at minimum.

SIGMA 100-300mm f/4 EX HSM $1K new
... will take the whole budget, but it will do a lot,. add a 1.4x TC for another $150.00 or so,.

SIGMA 120-400mm OS HSM: $900.00 new
Again, this lens is within the budget, and will do a great job. It get's you out to 400mm, and adds OS for help with hand holding.

SIGMA 150-500mm OS HSM: $1K new
Add another $100.00 and you get another 100mm.


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Sorry I mis read the post,. I thought we were shooting for under $1K for a lens, not the whole darn package!!!


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Jun 05, 2010 11:22 |  #8

In that case,. look at lenses like the


SIGMA 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO: $200.00

or the Canon version with IS at approx $600.00 and get the cheapest DSLR you can find used.
IMHO, forget about upgrading bodies,. get the best longest lens you can afford and balance that with the most affordable used body.
The lens will make the difference between a successful photo safari, the bodies are not as significant.


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Jun 05, 2010 11:40 |  #9

I still haven't been able to experiment w/ super tele's -- these would be tough without a tripod I would imagine? I hadn't thought of going the Sigma route either to get a little bit more bang for the buck - nice call

The 120-400mm OS HSM is a good suggestion -- think you could handhold that all the way on a crop sensor though? Canon 70-300 would be a second I would imagine if she couldn't spring for the 120-400.

I agree putting more money into the glass would end up being beneficial


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Jun 05, 2010 11:45 |  #10

Oh yes, the IS lenses are made for Handholding.

I usually suggest the Canon 100-400mm as one of the ultimate hand held safari lenses,. but it's out of the price range.
The SIGMA will offer all the same advantages at a lower price point.
Used, it could be an even greater bargain. Some sell them if they decide to move up to one of the SIGMA 500mm zooms,. or the Canon.. so they can be found used.

The canon 70-300mm with IS a lot more compact, for anyone scared of slightly larger lenses, this could be the max, but IMHO ,the differnce between 300mm and 400mm is pretty significant for wildlife shooting.


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Jun 05, 2010 11:47 |  #11

Maybe just rent?


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Jun 05, 2010 11:47 |  #12

Why not just rent some L glass 24-70 2.8 100-400 zoom ect much cheaper


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Jun 05, 2010 11:55 |  #13

I'd agree broadly with Cyber ... better go for something like 70-300 IS, or if possible 150-500 OS, and save on the body. Just get a body that will perform well at up to 800 ISO because with a slower lens you may need it to get the shutter speeds for early-ish mornings or later in the afternoon game drives, which is pretty much when you want to be out shooting. Too much glare often other times. If it's not a self-drive safari then an IS/OS lens is a huge bonus - you may not always have somewhere to rest you gear and avoid shake and you may need to move around a bit to get a good shot. This is important at longer lengths. I agree a simple kit lens will suit for anything else.


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Jun 05, 2010 12:24 |  #14

thegfxman wrote in post #10307138 (external link)
Helping a friend out who is going to be purchasing a Canon T1i and is taking a trip to South Africa for a wildlife photography trip. Only problem is she can't afford all the 70-200, 300, 400mm L glass.

Any suggestions on which telephoto lens she should get on a budget for a crop sensor? I was thinking the 55-250 would be a pretty good bet....what do you think? Think that's enough reach? Anything else out there pretty cheap? Unfortunately don't know her budget yet, but I know she can't spend $1k+ on a lens

Maybe a kit lens to pair it with for some wider angle/general purpose shots as well?

the best choice is the 100-400L. if budget does not permit i would find a way to get the 70-300 IS. you'll be at hi ISOs alot and sometimes very slow shutter speeds. take a monopod which i used alll the time in the open jeeps.

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