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70mm-300mm lens for around $100. Am I dreaming?

 
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Jan 07, 2012 09:58 |  #1

I just got my first DSLR - a Canon t3 (1100d). It came with an 18-55 lens.

I'd like to get something that will give me a little more zoom.

Am I dreaming thinking that I can find a pre-owned lens for around $100 that is going to be worth it? :oops:


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Jan 07, 2012 10:16 |  #2

No, you're not dreaming. The Tamron 70-300 can be found for not much more than that.




  
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Jan 07, 2012 10:19 |  #3

About the only lens I can think of you could get at that price would be the Canon 75-300 which isn't a very good lens optically from comments I've seen. I would recommend spending a bit more and getting the Canon 55-250 which continously gets great reviews. It's suppose to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses going.


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Jan 07, 2012 10:43 |  #4

rick_reno wrote in post #13662782 (external link)
No, you're not dreaming. The Tamron 70-300 can be found for not much more than that.


Thanks.

Not sure if it's OK to post eBay links here so here is the description of the lens I am looking at:

This is a gently used Tamron made Quantaray 70-300mm Auto Focus Tele-Macro (1.2) LD Zoom Lens 1:4-5.6 (62mm filter size). This is the newer Quantaray digital lens out on the market.

Condition: It is in excellent condition with minute wear on the body. Glass is excellent. I do see a couple of very tiny hard to see dust specks in the front glass. I guarantee this has no effect on photos.

What is included in this auction:
Lens, generic front and rear lens caps.

This lens will work on Canon EOS auto focus SLR film cameras and digital auto focus SLR cameras.



It's $89.00 shipped.


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Jan 07, 2012 10:45 |  #5

PhrozeN_FisH wrote in post #13662798 (external link)
About the only lens I can think of you could get at that price would be the Canon 75-300 which isn't a very good lens optically from comments I've seen. I would recommend spending a bit more and getting the Canon 55-250 which continously gets great reviews. It's suppose to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses going.

Thanks, I am seeing those new for around $200 so I'll keep my eyes peeled for a used one.


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Jan 07, 2012 10:47 |  #6

I would personally not get that and go for the 55-250, which can be had for <$150 on the pre-owned market.


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Jan 07, 2012 10:48 |  #7

boingy wrote in post #13662906 (external link)
I would personally not get that and go for the 55-250, which can be had for <$150 on the pre-owned market.

Thanks for the advice.

Is there a particular reason why? (just so I know for my info)


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Jan 07, 2012 10:51 |  #8

55-250 gets stellar reviews for its price.

I had the Tamron 75-300 for a while and trust me, you do not want it. The autofocus doesn't really work, it just likes to hunt back and forth, and even when its in focus the subject is soft. There is purple flaring like you wouldn't believe--Lets say you take a picture of a bird in a tree: all the branches are going to be purple.


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Jan 07, 2012 10:53 |  #9

OK thanks very much for all the advice.

I will be watching out for that Canon 55-250. It is this one correct: http://www.the-digital-picture.com …4-5.6-is-lens-review.aspx (external link)

I guess that in addition to being a better lens the wider 55mm (vs 70mm) would be more useful than the difference between the 250mm and 300mm end?


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Jan 07, 2012 11:14 as a reply to  @ ad720's post |  #10

I will be watching out for that Canon 55-250. It is this one correct: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/r...ns-review.aspx (external link)

Yes that's the one. There's a Mark I and II and the only difference is the way the letters and numbers are marked on the outside of the lens so either would work equally well for you.

I guess that in addition to being a better lens the wider 55mm (vs 70mm) would be more useful than the difference between the 250mm and 300mm end?

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Jan 07, 2012 12:21 |  #11

I've seen variants of the Canon 75-300mm on sale at Target for as little as $99, but personally I'd recommend holding out for the 55-250. Just in the last month we've seen that lens dip below $150 on sale, and it's worlds better than any of the Canon 75-300's or 3rd party offerings in the same price bracket.


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Jan 07, 2012 12:43 |  #12

+1 for the 55-250


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Jan 07, 2012 13:15 |  #13

Another vote for the 55-250! It's an excellent lens for the price that also includes IS. If you're willing to go used, you can usually find them for about $150-$180.


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Jan 07, 2012 13:56 as a reply to  @ equach206's post |  #14

Let me give you some good advice. A little know excellent lens that i use is tge Canon 70-210 f4. It's ridiculously Sharp and can be had for good prices on eBay. Take a look. Most people choose to ignore this advice because its an older lens but trust me, its good. Samples on my Flickr.


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Jan 07, 2012 16:27 |  #15

ad720 wrote in post #13662939 (external link)
I guess that in addition to being a better lens the wider 55mm (vs 70mm) would be more useful than the difference between the 250mm and 300mm end?

+ another for the 55-250, which is a terrific lens. And yes, the 55 mm is very useful. On our beach vacations, this lens is glued to my camera 95% of the time.


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