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Thread started 22 Jun 2011 (Wednesday) 12:38
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Maybe I'm getting lens-happy, but....

 
jmg181
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Jun 22, 2011 12:38 |  #1

TLDR version: Tamron 75-300mm f/4-5.6, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6, or Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 for equine photography?

I recently added the nifty fifty, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it - a lens can really change how you look at certain shots.

Anyways, all I have right now is the 18-55mm kit lens and the 50mm 1.8. My fiancee is an equestrian, and its obvious to me 55mm is in no way appropriate for getting shots of her riding. What I'd like to do is get some snaps of her riding, and maybe use my cam for a new video of her riding (the last one I took being from a few years back).

Since I have a wedding to pay for, I'm being cheap, thus the sub-$200 lenses.


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Jun 22, 2011 12:49 |  #2

Out of all those, I would actually recommend the EF-S 55-250mm. It comes with actual IS and has gotten superior reviews than most of those lens. There isn't much of a difference between 250mm and 300mm as well. The IS will help you far more.

I picked mine up for 150 dollars off Craigslist a few months back.




  
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Jun 22, 2011 12:53 |  #3

I'm happy with the 55-250, although I do wish it worked with a TC extention.

There will probably be times when you wish you had more reach. But for $199, it's a bargain.


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Jun 22, 2011 12:58 |  #4

Another vote for 55-250, excellent lens for the money




  
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Jun 22, 2011 13:05 |  #5

The Sigma 50-200mm isn't bad, especially at the prices you can find them, ~$150 USD. Although, for an extra $50, you can get the extra 50mm of reach with the Canon 55-250mm.

I have some equine shots with the Sigma on my other computer I can show you later. PM me if you'd like to see them.




  
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Jun 22, 2011 13:13 as a reply to  @ Zolth's post |  #6

Check the Marketplace section. The Canon 55-250mm is on sale at Target for $150!!! Perfect lens for you at a great price.


Replacing my Canon 7D, Tokina 12-24mm, Canon 17-55mm, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, and 150-500mm with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I still have the 17-55 and the 30 available for sale.

  
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Jun 22, 2011 14:30 |  #7

Wow - sounds like a clear winner to me! I'm going to check it out, and thanks for the heads up on the sale at target :D


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Jun 22, 2011 14:39 |  #8

jmg181 wrote in post #12640164 (external link)
Wow - sounds like a clear winner to me! I'm going to check it out, and thanks for the heads up on the sale at target :D

yes, the $150 (or $200) Canon 55-250IS is an excellent value.




  
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Jun 22, 2011 14:54 |  #9

Now I just have to try and make it to Target in time...


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Jun 22, 2011 15:04 |  #10

jmg181 wrote in post #12640284 (external link)
Now I just have to try and make it to Target in time...

...and hope they have it in stock.


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Jun 22, 2011 15:11 |  #11

jmg181 wrote in post #12639475 (external link)
TLDR version: Tamron 75-300mm f/4-5.6, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6, or Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 for equine photography?

I recently added the nifty fifty, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it - a lens can really change how you look at certain shots.

Anyways, all I have right now is the 18-55mm kit lens and the 50mm 1.8. My fiancee is an equestrian, and its obvious to me 55mm is in no way appropriate for getting shots of her riding. What I'd like to do is get some snaps of her riding, and maybe use my cam for a new video of her riding (the last one I took being from a few years back).

Since I have a wedding to pay for, I'm being cheap, thus the sub-$200 lenses.

I assume you are planning to use the lens to get shots of her riding outdoors? If you are thinking about using it for indoor shows etc. you can forget it. Almost every indoor arena I have ever been in with the exception of a couple used for national level events has been horribly lit.

Anyhow, for outdoor shots in good light pretty much anything covering to 200+ will do I suppose, though a camera (and lens) with snappy AF would be desirable for tracking if you want to take shots as she rides toward you.




  
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Jun 22, 2011 15:15 |  #12

runninmann wrote in post #12640341 (external link)
...and hope they have it in stock.

I checked - a few of them (near my parents) are well stocked, the ones by me are limited - either way I'll get my hands on it.

To make sure I've got the right one here, this is the lens, correct?

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …4-5.6-IS-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)


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Jun 22, 2011 15:17 |  #13

bpark42 wrote in post #12640389 (external link)
I assume you are planning to use the lens to get shots of her riding outdoors? If you are thinking about using it for indoor shows etc. you can forget it. Almost every indoor arena I have ever been in with the exception of a couple used for national level events has been horribly lit.

Anyhow, for outdoor shots in good light pretty much anything covering to 200+ will do I suppose, though a camera (and lens) with snappy AF would be desirable for tracking if you want to take shots as she rides toward you.

I expect any indoor to be a complete atrocity for lighting, yes :D I used to bring my camcorder with me (a nice 3 chip sony I can borrow from work, through on a decent lens - we're not talking a low end camera), and anything indoor was a complete waste of time.

For the most part, she ends up outside, and I'll be happy to get pics of her there and there only :D


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Jun 22, 2011 16:15 |  #14

Lens happy is a good happy. Get them all, sell what you don't like.




  
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Jun 22, 2011 16:22 |  #15

jmg181 wrote in post #12640413 (external link)
I checked - a few of them (near my parents) are well stocked, the ones by me are limited - either way I'll get my hands on it.

To make sure I've got the right one here, this is the lens, correct?

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …4-5.6-IS-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

yes, that's it.




  
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