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Will I be happy with the Canon 55-250 f/4.0-5.6 IS?

 
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Sep 29, 2010 01:01 |  #16

CountryBoy wrote in post #10995147 (external link)
That's not saying a lot . It would be better to skip the nifty until you could get one of the 50mm 1.4 lens.

like the canon 50mm f1.4 doesn't have focusing problems of it's own...


i'd skip the f1.4 pick up the fifty and an external flash...if you're having problems focusing use the external flash assist, and it'll focus fine in pitch black...


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Sep 29, 2010 09:24 |  #17

DreDaze wrote in post #10998617 (external link)
like the canon 50mm f1.4 doesn't have focusing problems of it's own...

i'd skip the f1.4 pick up the fifty and an external flash...if you're having problems focusing use the external flash assist, and it'll focus fine in pitch black...

Nothing like the 1.8 ............


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Sep 29, 2010 10:56 |  #18

+1 here as well for the 55-250. I just picked up the 100-400L but that was just to get even more reach. Even with the L in my bag, if I do not need the extra reach I'll through the 55-250 on just to lighten the camera up a bit.

My general experience is, outside, with anything less then full overcast I'm able to get the shots I want with this lens on an XSI. With overcast it can be hit or miss, usually based on how high I need the SS to be. I find this is more a limitation of the ISO options on the XSI then the 55-250.




  
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Sep 29, 2010 10:58 |  #19

The 55-250 IS is very good for the money, nothing else can deliver that performance for the price.


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Sep 29, 2010 12:13 |  #20

qdrummer21 wrote in post #11000822 (external link)
+1 here as well for the 55-250. I just picked up the 100-400L but that was just to get even more reach. Even with the L in my bag, if I do not need the extra reach I'll through the 55-250 on just to lighten the camera up a bit.
My general experience is, outside, with anything less then full overcast I'm able to get the shots I want with this lens on an XSI. With overcast it can be hit or miss, usually based on how high I need the SS to be. I find this is more a limitation of the ISO options on the XSI then the 55-250.

true, but keep mind you can go above ISO 1600 with the XSi, just shoot in RAW and increase the exposure in post processing




  
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Sep 29, 2010 12:30 |  #21

CountryBoy wrote in post #10995074 (external link)
It'll do you until you decided what you really want.
Oh, good luck getting the "nifty" to focus in low light :lol:

My copy has no low light problem at all as long as it is not dark completely.
In fact, I like to use my 50 1.8 under low light without flash, it is just not supersonic fast focusing.
30 1.4 would be better buy for same money as 50 1.4. IMHO.


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Sep 29, 2010 12:53 |  #22

kf095 wrote in post #11001454 (external link)
My copy has no low light problem at all as long as it is not dark completely.
In fact, I like to use my 50 1.8 under low light without flash, it is just not supersonic fast focusing.
30 1.4 would be better buy for same money as 50 1.4. IMHO.

I've had a few of them and all had focus problems even in decent light , add that to being rather soft wide open , it makes for a poor low light lens.


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Sep 29, 2010 14:17 |  #23

CountryBoy wrote in post #11001584 (external link)
I've had a few of them and all had focus problems even in decent light , add that to being rather soft wide open , it makes for a poor low light lens.

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If OP is on the budget (considering to use kit lens and buying 55-250), 50 1.4 would be not balanced purchase. 50 1.8 with YN or Nissin flash for the price less then 50 1.4 would.

30 1.4 seems to be better range for cropped sensor and low light at this price range.
It makes it general porpoise fast prime.
50 on cropped sensor has limited use for me, but for 100USD I have no problem to use it even if I found it to be too narrow for indoors and even street photography.

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Sep 29, 2010 14:40 |  #24

Like I said a little soft wide open


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Sep 29, 2010 14:53 |  #25

If the 50 f/1.8 weren't a valid option for a good number of people, it wouldn't still be in production. It has it's place and can do quite well in the right hands. If one doesn't already have a fast lens in the bag, I don't think that there's a better way to spend $100 on photography (other than the $99 education edition of LightRoom, I guess).


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Sep 29, 2010 14:55 as a reply to  @ CountryBoy's post |  #26

55-250mm is my favorite lens. Sharp, and most importantly, small and light for a long zoom. I've changed many a camera and lens, including a 100-400mm L, but I've always kept the 55-250. Only reason I could see for selling it is if Canon or a third party releases a better replacement.




  
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Sep 30, 2010 14:58 |  #27

kf095 wrote in post #11001454 (external link)
My copy has no low light problem at all as long as it is not dark completely.
In fact, I like to use my 50 1.8 under low light without flash, it is just not supersonic fast focusing.
30 1.4 would be better buy for same money as 50 1.4. IMHO.


I take it that you're talking about the Sigma 30 1.4? I looked at Amazon and didn't see any others.


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Sep 30, 2010 15:04 as a reply to  @ Woodsmoke's post |  #28

I've had both Canon 50's (that we're discussing) and I prefer the 1.4 over the 1.8 hands down. My 1.4 is tack sharp and fast to focus. It's my favorite lens.

The 1.8 is nice for the money, but the 1.4 is worth the few extra hundred if you can spring it.


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Sep 30, 2010 15:12 |  #29

Great lens for the price. Light and good IQ


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Oct 03, 2010 08:43 |  #30

for a while i didnt use this very much at all, but when i have used it it absolutely blew me away!! this is at 250mm! i think you'll like it a lot if you get one!

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