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Dec 22, 2011 13:59 |  #1

Need some ideas for a lens (Christmas gift for my daughter):

She currently uses a T1i with an 18-135mm that is essentially on the blink and not working well. Her photography skills have improved (she's 18) and I had been mulling ove getting her a new lens. Looking for an all purpose easy to carry around type lens. Her favorite subject to shoot is horses...running...jum​ping...up close....etc. as well as other animal type pics. Trying to keep budget within the $400 - $600 range. I'm looking at one option being the Sigma 18-250mm and on the Canon side the 70-300mm. Any ideas or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.


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Dec 22, 2011 14:03 |  #2

The 18-250 range of superzooms pay a price in image quality for that range. I wouldnt suggest it. I think the 70-300 is a decent lens, but suffers a bit from being caught between two solid options. The 55-250 is such a bargain that its hard to recomend the more expensive lens for the the little bit of range you get. On the higher side you have the 70-200 f4L, which is a fantastic lens. I would go for the L if it were me, its a great all around longer lens.




  
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Dec 22, 2011 14:04 |  #3

if you are looking for a telephoto lens, don't bother with the 70-300mm. I haven't heard many good things about it.

check out Adorama. they have a sale right now on the Canon 70-200mm F/4 L lens for $584

http://www.adorama.com​/CA702004AFU.html (external link)

add it to your cart for the lower price.


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Dec 22, 2011 14:07 |  #4

I assume she shoots outdoors, so maybe a Canon 70-200mm f4 (no IS). Then, pick up a used 18-55mm for cheap to cover the wider range.




  
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Dec 22, 2011 14:11 |  #5

I do a lot of equestrian photography.... my number one, by far most used lens is 70-200/2.8 IS. That's a pretty big, heavy lens, so you might look at the smaller f4 version for your daughter. The f4 lenses also balance better on the smaller cameras like the T1i. On this long a lens, it's very nice to have IS (Image Stabilization) but that would blow through your budget pretty badly. Just don't let anyone tell you IS is unnecessary shooting moving subjects. That's only partly true. IS is always nice to have on longer lenses... but adds a lot to the price of a 70-200.

What's wrong with the 18-135? That's a decent little lens, serves great as an all-purpose "walk-around" lens. If broken, is it under warranty?

Personally I wouldn't bother with the 10X, 11X and 12X zooms like the 18-270 that try to do it all... They mostly don't do anything particularly well (though today's are better than they were in the past).

I'd suggest instead two lenses... on a tight budget the Tamron 17-50/2.8 (non-VC version) for around $400 and the Canon 55-250 IS for a little more than $200 would be a pretty versatile pair.

The best thing might be a gift certificate... It's really hard to buy lenses for other people... They often have a pretty strong idea what they want.


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Dec 22, 2011 14:12 |  #6

Not sure if she has another lens ie. 18-55, but for that price range the 70-200 f/4 is the no brainer, however having that as an only lens may prove a bit problematic though


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Dec 22, 2011 14:18 |  #7

The problem with what the OP said is that it is a bit of a contradiction. A solid 'all-purpose' lens just isnt the right thing to be using to shoot animals, especially running horses. You really need a lens with a bit a length here, you want to be far from the animals to get good shots.

A standard lens will require you to be a few feet to a few dozen feet away...

If you were to have one single lens only, go with a nice standard lens since you can use it fairly well in many situations. But a secondary lens thats a bit longer in the +100mm range would be good for the nature shots.

If you are not very experienced with photography, here is a good basic article on lenses: Camera Lenses Explained (external link)




  
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Dec 22, 2011 14:19 |  #8

I'd agree about the gift card, allowing her to choose.

But, assuming the T1i kind of sets the budget or level of gear, I second the 55-250mm suggestion. At its price right now, it's hard to pass up, and leaves you a good bit of your budget for something like the Tamron 17-50mm. If she's never had a f/2.8 lens, she might enjoy that one. That combo would be a better overall solution than a "jack of all trades, master of none" lens.


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Dec 22, 2011 14:21 |  #9

PWard wrote in post #13585728 (external link)
if you are looking for a telephoto lens, don't bother with the 70-300mm. I haven't heard many good things about it.

check out Adorama. they have a sale right now on the Canon 70-200mm F/4 L lens for $584

http://www.adorama.com​/CA702004AFU.html (external link)

add it to your cart for the lower price.

I owned the EF-S 70-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, if that is the one you're thinking of. It is fine in good light. It is small, versatile, and has good image quality. I do recommend it.

That said, I second your recommendation for a gift of the 70-200 f/4, as that lens is superior and close in price.


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Dec 22, 2011 14:40 |  #10

i'd go for a 55-250IS, and a 50mm f1.8 to give her a taste of shallow DOF...and you'd only be out like $300...so when she wants to upgrade to something else there's still money left over


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Dec 22, 2011 14:58 |  #11

PWard wrote in post #13585728 (external link)
if you are looking for a telephoto lens, don't bother with the 70-300mm. I haven't heard many good things about it.

check out Adorama. they have a sale right now on the Canon 70-200mm F/4 L lens for $584

http://www.adorama.com​/CA702004AFU.html (external link)

add it to your cart for the lower price.

I've shot horses with a 70-300IS with fairly good results. It's not always my first choice, but see no reason to exclude it.

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Dec 22, 2011 15:32 |  #12

Bogino wrote in post #13585708 (external link)
Need some ideas for a lens (Christmas gift for my daughter):

She currently uses a T1i with an 18-135mm that is essentially on the blink and not working well. Her photography skills have improved (she's 18) and I had been mulling ove getting her a new lens. Looking for an all purpose easy to carry around type lens. Her favorite subject to shoot is horses...running...jum​ping...up close....etc. as well as other animal type pics. Trying to keep budget within the $400 - $600 range. I'm looking at one option being the Sigma 18-250mm and on the Canon side the 70-300mm. Any ideas or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
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try getting the 24-105L
It's great when you need the reach, and plus... its an L lens :P


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Dec 22, 2011 15:43 |  #13

How about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3Di II VC PZD. Super long range all purpose lens with vibration control and ultrasonic autofocus motor. Not too heavy for your daughter. Within your budget. I don't know about the image quality, but shouldn't be too bad. Basically fill up everything you need!




  
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Dec 22, 2011 15:51 |  #14

StructuredAmazing wrote in post #13586204 (external link)
try getting the 24-105L
It's great when you need the reach, and plus... its an L lens :P

I guess you missed this part? :p

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="Bogino"]budget within the $400 - $600 range


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Dec 22, 2011 15:56 |  #15

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I guess you missed this part? :p

I myself already own the 24-105mm. I get the expensive stuff...lol! She still needs to earn her way up.

Based on the various comments the 70-200 non IS seems to get lots of kudos but may be a bit more restrictive. I like what I've read about it but seems like maybe I should just also consider replacing her broken 18-135 with another one of the same.


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