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Nov 14, 2010 21:04 |  #1

Just curious on what everyones opinion is on the best sub-$300 zoom lense. I'm new to photography and would like to add another zoom lens to my bag. All I currently have is the 18-55 kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8. I'm looking for something longer than my 18-55 if possible. Thanks.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:10 |  #2

There isn't much in that price range. The Canon EF-S 55-250 is the complement to your kit lens and is pretty good, especially considering the price.




  
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Nov 14, 2010 21:10 |  #3

I'd have to go with the Canon 55-250. Very nice lens for the $$. Not blazingly fast but optically it's very nice.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:14 |  #4

Just getting started, I dont have the money and think I should learn a little more before I get a L lens or a higher end EF-S lens.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:17 |  #5

The 55-250 is neither. Its the companion lens to the 18-55 and very reasonably priced.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:17 |  #6

then a used (but well cared for) Canon 55-250 is your best bet




  
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Nov 14, 2010 21:18 |  #7

+1 on the 55-250. Very sharp, and good compliment to your existing set-up. Although it is not the fastest for the price it is an excellent buy!


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Nov 14, 2010 21:19 |  #8

Yeah, I know. I should have been more clear. I would really like the 70-200 f/4 or f/2.8 but they are too expensive and would like something to increase my focal range until I can afford one of them. I will look into the 55-250.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:24 |  #9

mwilleman wrote in post #11284828 (external link)
I would really like the 70-200 f/4 or f/2.8 but they are too expensive and would like something to increase my focal range until I can afford one of them.

Do you want them because you actually need them, or do you want them because of gear envy?




  
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Nov 14, 2010 21:31 |  #10

Well ,I'm taking vacations this January and July and would like the ability to zoom closer to things. I would also like to start taking portraits of my family and while the 50mm is nice, I would like something in the 85mm+ range for them.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:43 |  #11

mwilleman wrote in post #11284900 (external link)
Well ,I'm taking vacations this January and July and would like the ability to zoom closer to things. I would also like to start taking portraits of my family and while the 50mm is nice, I would like something in the 85mm+ range for them.

That's fine, but does any of that require the L lenses you're wanting, with your lack of experience? Do not fall into the trap of "if I buy an L-series lens, my photos will come out perfect." Go over here & check out what the humble 55-250 is capable of.




  
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Nov 14, 2010 21:44 |  #12

mwilleman wrote in post #11284900 (external link)
Well ,I'm taking vacations this January and July and would like the ability to zoom closer to things. I would also like to start taking portraits of my family and while the 50mm is nice, I would like something in the 85mm+ range for them.

OK, 55-250mm will be the best choice with that budget.


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Nov 14, 2010 21:45 |  #13

Heh, I think you got your answer, the 55-250 is the natural complement to you kit.


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Nov 14, 2010 22:09 |  #14

I checked out the lens in the photo sample section and the pictures it takes look great. I am going to pick up this lens and see what kind of stuff I can snap on vacation. Thanks for leading me in the right direction.


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Nov 14, 2010 22:12 |  #15

Yes, the 55-250 is your only choice here really. It's superior to everything in that price range.


  
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