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Jul 22, 2011 15:54 |  #1

I'm looking for a quality zoom lens for my Canon EOS. I am on a STRICT budget at the moment and looking to spend no more than $200.00, so used will probably be my best and only option.

As long as the glass is good and clear, what should I look for? An older lens will do fine for what I intend to shoot. I'm wanting a lens that is in the 200mm to 300mm zoom area. Is there a place I can go online that will carry a good quality lens in that price range. I've bought off of EBAY in the past and one lens I purchased was pretty much garbage once I got it in hand.

Let me know if there is a reliable seller out there that carries older glass or quality refurbs in the price range I'm looking for or if I'm pretty much in dream land with that budget.

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Jul 22, 2011 16:00 |  #2

KHarmon wrote in post #12805889 (external link)
I'm looking for a quality zoom lens for my Canon EOS. I am on a STRICT budget at the moment and looking to spend no more than $200.00, so used will probably be my best and only option.

As long as the glass is good and clear, what should I look for? An older lens will do fine for what I intend to shoot. I'm wanting a lens that is in the 200mm to 300mm zoom area. Is there a place I can go online that will carry a good quality lens in that price range. I've bought off of EBAY in the past and one lens I purchased was pretty much garbage once I got it in hand.

Let me know if there is a reliable seller out there that carries older glass or quality refurbs in the price range I'm looking for or if I'm pretty much in dream land with that budget.

Thanks,

K. Harmon

Checkout your local Target stores for a Canon 55-250mm lens. I believe they are going for only $149+tax.



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Jul 22, 2011 16:03 |  #3

nepali wrote in post #12805916 (external link)
Checkout your local Target stores for a Canon 55-250mm lens. I believe they are going for only $149+tax.


I'll give that a look. I saw some 75-300mm at Wal-Mart but have yet to go to Target and look. I'll give them a look next time I go to Lubbock.

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Jul 22, 2011 16:15 |  #4

For that price the Canon 55-250 is will be your best choice by far. If Target does not still have it on sale, check here and on Fred Miranda and you will find a used one in your price range.


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Jul 22, 2011 16:16 |  #5

That's not a lot of money for a lens... The 55-250 is probably the best you'll find in a budget lens. It's certainly "entry level" build quality and it's AF isn't the fastest or greatest, but it's got IS and is optically a decent lens... able to take nice shots.

Other than that, and if you start looking at used stuff in particular, try to stick with the major brand names: Canon, Tamron, Tokina, SIgma.

Besides the 55-250, if you find something interesting and priced right, get all the details and repost here with questions about the specific model, before laying down your money. Chances are someone here has tried just about any lens from the major manufacturers at one time or another and can give you some feedback. "Some 75-300mm at Walmart" isn't much info to go on.

Refurbs and used gear are available from Adorama, B&H Photo, KEH.com and some others. The reputible dealers test stuff out before selling it, are pretty conservative in their ratings, usually offer a 80 or 90 day warranty... But quality used lenses hold their value well and aren't discounted all that much off the new prices. The dealers know what the gear is worth, so you won't get huge bargains.

You can usually get a better price buying used off eBay, or even better off your local Craigslist from a private individual. But you don't get a warranty and you have to test things out yourself and take a bit of a risk.


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Jul 22, 2011 16:19 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #6

I agree about the 55-250. It is hard to beat for the price. Shop around, because there are good prices now for the old model, which seems to be almost identical to the new one. I had one for awhile, and while it is clearly a budget lens in terms of build, it performs pretty well, and very well for the price.

If I recall, the 75-300 you mentioned has a pretty bad reputation. I may be wrong. Google for reviews and comments.


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Jul 22, 2011 17:16 as a reply to  @ paddler4's post |  #7

I think you will find that the 55-250mm is a better lens than the Canon 75-300mm which has never been one of Canon's best offerings...


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Jul 22, 2011 17:24 |  #8

+1 for the 55-250. Canon excelled themselves with that lens (I had one but sold it recently).

The 75-300 has a poor reputation, but I've never tried it personally.




  
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Jul 24, 2011 13:33 |  #9

amfoto1 wrote in post #12805983 (external link)
...Refurbs and used gear are available from Adorama, B&H Photo, KEH.com and some others. The reputible dealers test stuff out before selling it, are pretty conservative in their ratings, usually offer a 80 or 90 day warranty...

Adorama will give you a 12-month warranty on a Canon refurb (which includes a 30-day returns period), but we don't actually test the lenses, first).

On used gear you'll get a 90-day warranty from Adorama - which again includes a 30-day returns period - and it should have been tested and cleaned up, first.


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Jul 24, 2011 13:55 |  #10

Unfortunately the word 'budget' and a good lens don't go together.


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Jul 24, 2011 18:24 |  #11

Sportidi wrote in post #12814214 (external link)
Unfortunately the word 'budget' and a good lens don't go together.

I agree, that's usually the case, but I think the EF-S 55-250mm IS from Canon is the exception.




  
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Jul 24, 2011 18:41 |  #12

I just returned from a zoo trip with this lens and was absolutely amazed at just how sharp some photos were straight out of the camera. Here's a 100% unprocessed crop of a bird shot from quite some distance away - I was at least 20-25 ft away from the tree it was sitting on, and then it was high up at the top of that tree, so the total distance was at least 40 ft, maybe more. Shot handheld at 235 mm, f/9, 1/400:


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Because of relatively wide short end, it's pretty versatile. Also, it's very light and yet sturdy, I took it with me on countless trips just tossed on the bottom of a regular backpack (in a small lens pouch), and it still looks and works like new. I am sure that 70-200 series is superior, but I doubt you'd find anything in between that gives you a better performance, especially considering the price.

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Jul 24, 2011 19:07 |  #13

Canon has an old 70-210(?) 3.5 or 4.5 aperture lens and it's pretty good. I tried that lens and it's quite good. Fits your price range with some change I guess. Sorry I forgot the exact model. If you want brand new, the 55-250 is the way to go.



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Jul 24, 2011 19:34 |  #14

Stay away from the 75-300. If you are shooting a crop go for the 55-250.


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Jul 24, 2011 22:51 |  #15

55-250 for me too.


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