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Longest reach lens with cheap price setup

 
mike62
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Jan 13, 2013 14:09 |  #1

I want a cheap powerful lens for wildlife and long distance shots for my T4i. I am talking like the mirror Phoenix type or whatever brand really and a TC set up as well if needed.

It will be outdoor light and tripod mounted. I know you get what you pay for but for no more often than I would use this lens there is no way to justify even half the price of a higher quality lens.

What is the best for this camera?

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Jan 13, 2013 14:22 |  #2

Without spending, around, $700 - $1500 you already have pretty much the best long(ish) glass you're going to find in the 55-250 or 18-270. You might find some reasonable improvement out of the Tamron 70-300 VC.

Those cheap, mirror lenses do not put out any reasonable image quality and they certainly won't work with any sort of TC.

A 70-200 f/4 non-IS and a 1.4x TC would give you a slight boost in range and a pretty decent jump in image quality over the 55-250, but even that combo's going to run close to $700


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Jan 13, 2013 14:39 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #3

You can already go to 250-270mm with your set up, that's a 430mm equivalent! You can't beat that, without buying something like 400m L.


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Jan 13, 2013 14:45 |  #4

I have heard good things about the 70-300 IS (non L). Beyond that, the 400 prime I think is the next longest.


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Jan 13, 2013 14:59 |  #5

You can get a Kenko 2.x extender for the tamron 270mm.


My imagine composition sucks. I need a heavier lens.

  
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Jan 13, 2013 15:20 |  #6

You're not going to get much beyond 300mm on a budget.


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Jan 13, 2013 21:32 as a reply to  @ e.pie's post |  #7

The best lens on a budget for wildlife and birds is the Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO Tele Macro HSM. I bought it used for 250 euro and it is very sharp, more or less as sharp as a 100-400L. It is pretty hard to find though.


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Jan 13, 2013 22:13 |  #8

uOpt wrote in post #15483393 (external link)
You can get a Kenko 2.x extender for the tamron 270mm.

At f11 and manual focus, though.


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Jan 13, 2013 22:37 |  #9

how much do you have to spend?


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Jan 13, 2013 23:02 |  #10

tkbslc wrote in post #15485093 (external link)
At f11 and manual focus, though.

OP wants a mirror lens anyways, which is f/8..ergo MF. ;)


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Jan 14, 2013 18:23 |  #11

tkbslc wrote in post #15485093 (external link)
At f11 and manual focus, though.

All you have to do is provoke a nuclear war and hope it happens in sunshine.


My imagine composition sucks. I need a heavier lens.

  
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Jan 14, 2013 18:39 |  #12

There is a MF 500mm 6.3 mirror that sort of works. If you are not too fussy. If I wasn't broke at the moment I'd get one as a lol and run some tests :)

At $200 it might be worth a try ;)




  
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Jan 14, 2013 19:11 |  #13

The mirror lens bokeh is kind of 'special' though :)




  
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Jan 14, 2013 19:15 |  #14

If you don't care about the weight and manual focus. A spotting scope is cheap and long, and you get lots of light.

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Jan 14, 2013 19:25 |  #15

cheap AND reach usually mean poor quality...it's all about compromises, but I think if you were to hold off for a bit and devote some more cash to the budget, you will likely be happier in the long run. Of course, TC's help to bridge the gap while you wait (it did for me anyways)



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