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Dec 28, 2012 23:22 |  #1

Hey guys, sorry if there's a similar thread, but I'm having a little trouble finding certain info on this forum haha just shoot me to a thread if there's a similar one and I'll shut up :D

I'm looking for a 70-300mm Macro lens, could be more, but not less. I'm looking for something that I can take good shots of certain objects that are far away in the backyard, close moon shots, or similar.

I'd like to keep under $200 (new or used) and I wouldn't mind a hood included. I would like IS and automatic focus, both of which may not be used but I would like the option.

This lens will be for a T3.

Any input would be great and if you have any examples from a recommended lens please feel free to share!

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Dec 28, 2012 23:53 |  #2

I've found this, doesn't seem like a bad lens, but not sure what exactly I'm looking for to be honest, any thoughts on Canon vs Tamron vs Sigma or any other good deal main brands?

http://www.ebay.com …enses&hash=item​564f86086b (external link)


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Dec 29, 2012 00:10 |  #3

The Tamron is decent in good light and pretty good for macro, Sigma makes an equal verson but you can hack the Tamron to remove the focus limiter. Long range it begins to suffer in IQ though. Dunno about that seller specifically, I got mine off Amazon.

I took mine out a few times last year when I wanted to go light and chase butterflies. I can toss up some pics if you want me to. If you decide to go that route I would be willing to part with mine probably.

No IS on the sub $200 models however.


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Dec 29, 2012 01:03 |  #4

200 for that kind of lens is asking a bit too much, even for used lens.

I think the best you could go with is a Sigma 70-300mm Macro, or the same model with IS, bot not both, and it would already be over your budget on a far from good lens.

The tamrom you linked is probably the best thing you can go with, honestly, take a look at the lens photo archive. If the result pleases you, buy it.




  
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Dec 29, 2012 01:12 |  #5

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The Tamron is decent in good light and pretty good for macro, Sigma makes an equal verson but you can hack the Tamron to remove the focus limiter. Long range it begins to suffer in IQ though. Dunno about that seller specifically, I got mine off Amazon.

I took mine out a few times last year when I wanted to go light and chase butterflies. I can toss up some pics if you want me to. If you decide to go that route I would be willing to part with mine probably.

No IS on the sub $200 models however.

From what I understand IS isn't a huge deal, especially since I'll be using a tripod quite a bit? Maybe I heard wrong?

Also, would you PM me what you may be looking to get for your lens and possibly some pictures?

Or if you want to email me: red04montels@gmail.com (external link)

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200 for that kind of lens is asking a bit too much, even for used lens.

I think the best you could go with is a Sigma 70-300mm Macro, or the same model with IS, bot not both, and it would already be over your budget on a far from good lens.

The tamrom you linked is probably the best thing you can go with, honestly, take a look at the lens photo archive. If the result pleases you, buy it.

I was looking through the photo archive on Amazon, only issue is I think they downgrade the pictures massively to save space lol


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Dec 29, 2012 01:15 |  #6

Also, is there anything similar is price with IS?

I'm assuming no, I see mostly the new series, white lenses by cannon well over $500


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Dec 29, 2012 03:05 as a reply to  @ trewyn15's post |  #7

There's always an EF-S 55-250 IS. Your requirements, in concert with your very minimal budget, leave you few "good" options. It's just a little over $200 new ( maybe $160-$170 used).

Is waiting longer to save, more feasible? Unless you absolutely NEED the lens now, you'd be much better in the long run, saving and buying a better lens...one that you won't want to throw against the wall after a week ;) (although,i don't think the EF-S 55-250 IS would let you down).

You could always throw an extension tube or 3 on it, for your macro..in a months time.

GL in your search. :)


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Dec 29, 2012 03:19 |  #8

If you are considering the Sigma 70-300, make sure to get the APO version. Much better image quality than the non-apo version. You can spot the apo by the red ring around the end. Its a pretty decent lens, just a bit slow.


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Dec 29, 2012 04:20 |  #9

In case some may wonder, here is a quick preview of what the Tamron 70-300 Macro can do... even in my bumbling hands:

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Dec 29, 2012 05:39 |  #10

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I'm looking for a 70-300mm Macro lens, could be more, but not less. I'm looking for something that I can take good shots of certain objects that are far away in the backyard, close moon shots, or similar.

I'm not sure why you specify a macro lens. Your stated subjects don't require one.

For your budget I think I'd go for the 55-250 IS.


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Dec 29, 2012 11:25 |  #11

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There's always an EF-S 55-250 IS. Your requirements, in concert with your very minimal budget, leave you few "good" options. It's just a little over $200 new ( maybe $160-$170 used).

Is waiting longer to save, more feasible? Unless you absolutely NEED the lens now, you'd be much better in the long run, saving and buying a better lens...one that you won't want to throw against the wall after a week ;) (although,i don't think the EF-S 55-250 IS would let you down).

You could always throw an extension tube or 3 on it, for your macro..in a months time.

GL in your search. :)

I'm just looking for something that offers as much or more zoom as what I currently have, which is the Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm 1:6-5.6 III but it's not a macro lens and will not focus well at all with close shots, so an extension tube with this may be a possibility, I may also look into the lens that you posted.

It may be because I don't really know what I'm looking for, but I like the offering of better focusing up close with a macro lens, my 75-300 right now isn't doing well at all close up.

What would you suggest for a 70-300mm or more Macro IS lens? I know I can afford more really, I was just hoping to keep it lower. Are there any other options around the price range but a little higher in price?

Geejay wrote in post #15419168 (external link)
If you are considering the Sigma 70-300, make sure to get the APO version. Much better image quality than the non-apo version. You can spot the apo by the red ring around the end. Its a pretty decent lens, just a bit slow.

I'll look into that, what do you mean by a bit slow?

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In case some may wonder, here is a quick preview of what the Tamron 70-300 Macro can do... even in my bumbling hands:

Very nice, is that non-IS and APO version?

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I'm not sure why you specify a macro lens. Your stated subjects don't require one.

For your budget I think I'd go for the 55-250 IS.

Well none of us here really 'need' anything lol

I am looking to do up close insect shots from a decent distance or up close if possible, the close up part is what's pushing me towards a macro lens, like I stated above I'm having trouble focusing with my current lens


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Dec 29, 2012 14:32 |  #12

It is the LD version from Tamron, might be similar to Sigma's APO though I can't say for sure.

http://www.amazon.com …-3&keywords=tamron+70-300 (external link)


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Dec 29, 2012 14:47 |  #13

Nature Nut wrote in post #15420751 (external link)
It is the LD version from Tamron, might be similar to Sigma's APO though I can't say for sure.

http://www.amazon.com …-3&keywords=tamron+70-300 (external link)

So that's no IS right?


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Dec 29, 2012 17:01 |  #14

Alright, it seems that IS lenses are quite a bit out of my price range... unless you guys have a similar lens with IS, please post it, but I'm between these two right now:

Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD

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PRISTINE SIGMA 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG

IMAGE: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41E3F6HQk9L._SY300_.jpg

I kind of want something with more zoom though?

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Dec 29, 2012 17:34 |  #15

Here's a list of Canons, Sigmas, and Tamrons in your zoom and roughly budget range at B&H. Don't think your going to get any more zoom, IS, and macro below $200.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …208157+42612081​64&mxp=400 (external link)

I think the best ~$200 with IS, but no macro, would be a used EF-S 55-250.




  
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