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A few telephoto lenses on a budget. Which should I go for?

 
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Jul 02, 2012 01:05 |  #1

I know this is sort of 'choosing the lesser of two (well, more) evils', but I want to get a lens that neither my kit nor 50mm f/1.8 can do.
(I'm aware of the high prices over here. I'm also aware of the speed of these lenses and their chromatic aberration above 200mm.)
My choices are:

  • Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro = $255
  • Sigma DG 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro = $255
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM = $236
  • Canon EF 90-300mm f/4-5.6 USM = $256
  • SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC = $306
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS = $370


Going higher than that is a little bit too expensive for me right now, unfortunately.

Which should I choose?
(Currently, I'm debating between the Sigma 70-300mm and the Canon 90-300mm)

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Jul 02, 2012 01:14 |  #2
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Jul 02, 2012 01:18 as a reply to  @ kin2son's post |  #3

What about the canon 55-250? Or the tamron 70-300 VC


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Jul 02, 2012 01:21 |  #4

mek501st wrote in post #14659085 (external link)
What about the canon 55-250? Or the tamron 70-300 VC

Beat me to it. The Canon 55-250is would be in your price range or spend a little more and get the Tamron 70-300mm USD VC. Both good choices. I prefer the Tammi, but both are better optically than the choices you listed.


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Jul 02, 2012 01:23 |  #5

Why is the 55-250 IS not on that list? Its cheaper than all of them, and better.


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Jul 02, 2012 01:26 |  #6

The 55-250mm IS is cheaper at $204, is that logical?
I missed it on the website, which is why I didn't add it :)


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Jul 02, 2012 02:06 |  #7

Yes, its cheaper, and its also better. Strange, but its true :)


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Jul 02, 2012 04:16 |  #8

Yeah go for the EF-S 55-250 :)


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Jul 02, 2012 04:34 |  #9

Another vote for the 55-250, great lens for the price and you should put it on your list!


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Jul 02, 2012 05:31 |  #10

Keyan wrote in post #14659366 (external link)
Another vote for the 55-250, great lens for the price and you should put it on your list!

another vote for the 55-250IS




  
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Jul 02, 2012 06:03 |  #11

Just ordered the 55-250 :)
Thanks, folks!


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Jul 02, 2012 11:09 |  #12

Silens wrote in post #14659488 (external link)
Just ordered the 55-250 :)
Thanks, folks!

Good choice. Was going to suggest the same thing others where suggesting.


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Jul 02, 2012 11:15 |  #13

Silens wrote in post #14659488 (external link)
Just ordered the 55-250 :)
Thanks, folks!

I'm sure you'll be very happy with it :)


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Jul 02, 2012 11:20 |  #14

Another choice would be one that I have that I recommend which is the 70-300mm APO DG zoom/macro lens. (macro functionality @ 200-300mm)

If you're on a tight budget I highly recommend this lens!


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Jul 02, 2012 12:18 as a reply to  @ KA | Photography's post |  #15

You will like to 55-250 - Enjoy!


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