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Dec 12, 2013 17:40 |  #1

Hey all, my girlfriend is getting a Canon T3 or T3i for Christmas and it's the kit with the 18-55mm lens. That being said, I'm giving her a camera bag that I have laying around, but would like to get here a lens in the 70-300mm zoom range for Christmas/Graduation gift along with some lens pens and a memory card and such.

I have the Tamron 70-300mm which is a great lens and I'm considering it for her. What I want to know is if there's another lens that you guys think would be a good option.

Immediately I think 55-250 IS, but I think she'd want something more of the 70-300mm for the extra reach.

Does Sigma really have anything in a similar price range? Looking for something with IS, VC or OS. Also, any other ideas for accessories to get her? She's pretty new to photography and has been mainly point and shoot, so I was leaning away from flashes, let her get the basics down first.

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Dec 12, 2013 17:53 |  #2

I personally think that to get anything significantly better than the 55-250, you really have to step up to the 70-300L There is very little difference between 250 & 300mm, in my opinion, and from my experiences. As you've probably noticed, the Tamron has a touch better IQ than the 55-250, but you have to look very very hard (at 100%) to see it. Plus the 55-250 tracks moving subjects better as well. I'm quite a fan of the 55-250 as you can tell. I also had the SP AF 70-300 Tamron at the same time, and it was not easy to choose between the 2. Except for moving subjects, then I'd grab the Canon.




  
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Dec 12, 2013 17:56 |  #3

Thanks for the input!

I love my 55-250, I've used her mom's 55-250 (also another reason I was trying to venture out, don't want them both to have the same lens as they'll likely swap). The 55-250 is definitely a great lens, especially for the price; I am a bit partial to my Tamron tho :D

I'm definitely not in the market of buying her an L lens at this point in time if that's where you were going with that :D


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Dec 12, 2013 18:03 |  #4

trewyn15 wrote in post #16522772 (external link)
Thanks for the input!

I love my 55-250, I've used her mom's 55-250 (also another reason I was trying to venture out, don't want them both to have the same lens as they'll likely swap). The 55-250 is definitely a great lens, especially for the price; I am a bit partial to my Tamron tho :D

I'm definitely not in the market of buying her an L lens at this point in time if that's where you were going with that :D

Ha. That's a pretty good excuse to acquire the L, and then borrow it on a regular basis, for testing purposes. Just to make sure it's up to scratch like :)




  
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Dec 12, 2013 18:05 |  #5

If she can borrow the 55-250mm from her mom, I wouldn't bother buying a similar lens. You can get her the 40mm f/2.8 to make the camera even smaller and introduce her to primes. I'd also suggest a good quality hand strap to make holding the camera more comfortable.




  
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Dec 12, 2013 18:12 |  #6

speedync wrote in post #16522792 (external link)
Ha. That's a pretty good excuse to acquire the L, and then borrow it on a regular basis, for testing purposes. Just to make sure it's up to scratch like :)

I don't think i'd ever get to use it... new thing, this lens must be something I will NOT like :D ... because I'll never get to use it haha

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If she can borrow the 55-250mm from her mom, I wouldn't bother buying a similar lens. You can get her the 40mm f/2.8 to make the camera even smaller and introduce her to primes. I'd also suggest a good quality hand strap to make holding the camera more comfortable.

I think she'd get pretty frustrated with primes to be honest. That and her mom doesn't always take the best care of all her gear (lots of stuff on the front element and such), I'd like to get her stuff that she can take care of and that she can use on her own.

She bought me the 40mm, she hates using it, I love it due to the photos it produces.

I'm still looking for something in the 70-300mm range I think.


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Dec 12, 2013 19:01 |  #7

seems like the perfect opportunity to give her your tamron 70-300VC, and then buy yourself something better...maybe that's why i'm single...

honestly though, 55-250IS or STM if you want to spend a little more are really the only worthwhile options aside from the tamron...the 70-300IS is good, but unless you can grab it for $350 or so i'd opt for one of the cheaper options


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Dec 12, 2013 19:35 |  #8

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seems like the perfect opportunity to give her your tamron 70-300VC, and then buy yourself something better...maybe that's why i'm single...

honestly though, 55-250IS or STM if you want to spend a little more are really the only worthwhile options aside from the tamron...the 70-300IS is good, but unless you can grab it for $350 or so i'd opt for one of the cheaper options

haha this made me laugh :D

For the money I don't think there's a whole lot better than the 70-300VC.

I think I may go the 55-250 route, it seems as if there's not really a great Sigma route to go there from what I've seen.


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Dec 12, 2013 20:48 as a reply to  @ trewyn15's post |  #9

I have a Tamron 70-300mm VC to sell, PM me if you're interested




  
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Dec 13, 2013 07:40 |  #10

I would opt for the Tamron over the Canon 70-300 IS (non-L). I owned the Canon, and never cared for it -- the lens was not sharp at 300mm, and the auto focus performance was mediocre. Unless you move up to a Canon "L" telephoto, the Tamron or Canon EFS 55-250 are you best bets in the lower price range.


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Dec 13, 2013 08:02 as a reply to  @ Scott M's post |  #11

I have to say, i love my sigma. I have the 70-300 DG Macro and use it for everything from motorsport to landscape to urban street shooting. Very versatile lens however it's missing IS or OS (however you want to call it)

Next season i'm 'upgrading' to a Bigma 50-500 :)


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Dec 13, 2013 13:06 |  #12

You can't beat the Tamy until you get to the Canon L.


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Dec 13, 2013 13:27 |  #13

i have the 70 300 is canon, and per the numbers its dead even with tamron, but its meh, its not sharp to me, contrast meh, colors meh, close up its pretty good, but over 150 seems soft. i love my primes, but am unimpressed with my zooms. been really looking for replacements.


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Dec 13, 2013 13:34 |  #14

+1 for the Tamron. Nice lens, good VC but giant compared to the 55-250.


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Dec 14, 2013 12:56 |  #15

Just to update everyone. I purchased my second Tamron 70-300mm VC today. Such a great lens I figured it would work best for her.

I ordered a refurb and saved about $100 over new. Hopefully there's no issues.

Too bad I don't like buying 'used' Christmas gifts, I probably could have grabbed myself a fisheye as well to play with. Instead I used some of the money I saved from going new and got her some cleaning stuff and my self a couple wireless flash triggers.


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