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Which Telephoto Zoom Lens for Best IQ / $ Ratio ?

 
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Jan 14, 2011 04:13 |  #1

I've narrowed it down to...

No more than $600 New Or Used..

Tamron 70-300mm VC
Canon 70-200 F4L Non-IS

Any Sigma ones I should be looking at?

Was looking at the 55-250 IS but I'm okay spending a little bit more money for way better IQ.

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Jan 14, 2011 06:50 |  #2

70-200 f/4.0L USM, it is the best for the money. It's sharp, sharp, and sharp.


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Jan 14, 2011 07:39 |  #3

70-200mm f/4 non-IS - amazing piece of glass for the $.


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Jan 14, 2011 08:13 as a reply to  @ hieu1004's post |  #4

Tamron 70-300 VC. Had it for two months and recently sold it.

The lure of the 70-300L was too great and I had to purchase one.

The Tamron is an excellent piece of glass.

Nice colors, sharp @ 300mm and VC works great.




  
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Jan 14, 2011 09:00 |  #5

How about a used 80-200mm 2.8 drain pipe and have seen them from $600-$800?


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Jan 14, 2011 09:02 |  #6

EF 70-200 4L non-is.


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Jan 14, 2011 11:06 |  #7

Even though people have recommendations already, you can't get an accurate recommendation without knowing what you'll be using it for and how steady you are without IS.




  
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Jan 14, 2011 11:07 |  #8

Purely IQ is going to be the 70-200.

But if the extra 100m and IS (VC) is important to you, the Tamron is also a good choice.


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Jan 14, 2011 11:17 |  #9

When you say zoom lens, you don't say what zoom you think you need nor for what. I highly recommend the Canon 18-200 IS lens. It is the lens I use 90% of the time even tho I have the 24-70 and the 70-200 2.8 IS lens (both L lenses). The 18-200 IS can be purchased for under $600. If you read the reviews about the lens, it compares favorably with the L lenses. Downside being a S lens, it can't be used on a full frame camera. (The versatility of this lens was a major factor when I decided to purchase the 7D instead of the 5D MarkII)




  
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Jan 14, 2011 11:23 |  #10

Or if you need something better for low light then I would suggest the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 otherwise most definitely the Canon 70-200 f/4.

Like Fligi7 said it would help to know it uses. The IS on the others would be good for low light indoor stuff but not be needed for say outdoor sports.


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Jan 14, 2011 15:25 |  #11

jjcharity wrote in post #11638544 (external link)
Tamron 70-300 VC. Had it for two months and recently sold it.

The lure of the 70-300L was too great and I had to purchase one.

The Tamron is an excellent piece of glass.

Nice colors, sharp @ 300mm and VC works great.

I found the VC on my 70-300 to be downright amazing. Overall I think it's a great lens for the money. Not as sharp as the 70-200 IMO, but AF is about the same, build quality is about the same, it's about 150$ less AR, and has an extra 100mm.


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Jan 14, 2011 15:40 |  #12

hieu1004 wrote in post #11638419 (external link)
70-200mm f/4 non-IS - amazing piece of glass for the $.

I can't think of a better lens that fits the OP's requirement of Best IQ / $ Ratio with a ceiling of $600. I almost bought the non-IS but decided to ante up the extra $ for the 70-200 IS and I'm really glad I did. For me, having the IS feature has made a huge difference in my keeper rate.


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Jan 14, 2011 20:37 |  #13

The accolade for best quality telezoom under $600 probably does go to the 70-200/4L.
The accolade for best quality per $, for lenses under $600, probably goes to the 55-250 IS.




  
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Jan 14, 2011 20:43 |  #14

xarqi wrote in post #11643188 (external link)
The accolade for best quality telezoom under $600 probably does go to the 70-200/4L.
The accolade for best quality per $, for lenses under $600, probably goes to the 55-250 IS.

+1 For quality per $ is is hard to beat the 18-55 IS, 55-250 IS, and 50 f1.8 II


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Jan 14, 2011 20:50 |  #15

My vote is for Tamron USD 70-300. I just got mine for $330 new, and it is sharp.


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