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Jan 31, 2015 11:42 |  #1

I currently have the kit 18-135 and the efs 55-250, both are working well for my family events and family/grandkid sporting events. A little more speed would be nice at times, but not enough to justify going to the 70-200 IS f4 or f2.8 options. A few years ago we were planning a vacation and for that the 100-400L was on the short list but plans change and the budget went elsewhere.

We're now planning another vacation so I'm back to lens option shopping. I'd like more reach with acceptable resolution for birds and wildlife and general vacation shots. I don't believe that I can use a converter with the 55-250, otherwise I'd try to find a 2x converter.

What other options do I have that I probably don't know about. Right now the 100-400L version 1 is out of budget reach. I figure that right now my limit is probably $300 which won't go far. I could sell the 55-250 but that would only add $50(trade-in) to maybe $100 (on craigslist on a good day, maybe).

So, what is a good option to consider? In the mean time I'll be practicing my foot zooming and wildlife stalking skills.

Thanks for any ideas, or links to other threads that I haven't found yet.

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Jan 31, 2015 11:55 |  #2
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Keep your 55-250. All versions of that lens are well worth the money they cost. You'll never get more reach for less money.

One option for you longer needs is renting. Companies like lensrentals.com can provide a lot of lens for a little bit of money. The only catch is: you have to send the lens back.

EDIT: Forgot to add - Don't waste time or money on any (Sigma, Tamron, Canon) entry level 70-300mm lenses. 250 to 300 isn't worth paying ANYTHING for, and all of the 55-250s are better than any of the 70-300 entry level (less than $500) lenses. I had the Canon 70-300 IS (non-L) and the 55-250 II. The 55-250 is smaller, lighter, cheaper, than the 70-300. It also focuses faster and has better image quality at the long end.


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Jan 31, 2015 12:08 |  #3

Some lenses have teleconvertor issues with Canon brand teleconvertors, which have a front optical element that protrudes forward; in those cases, aftermarket teleconvertors are available without front protruberance. The real problem is that teleconvertors will not fit the EF-S mount of the 50-250mm.

Aftermarket telephoto lenses do NOT use the EF-S mount but use the standard EF mount, even for their lenses which cover only crop format image circles; so you can mount a teleconvertor onto an aftermarket crop format tele lens.


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Jan 31, 2015 12:27 |  #4

treebound wrote in post #17408634 (external link)
What other options do I have that I probably don't know about.

Sigma 120-400, sigma 150-500, and tamron 150-600.




  
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Jan 31, 2015 13:37 |  #5
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gremlin75 wrote in post #17408673 (external link)
Sigma 120-400, sigma 150-500, and tamron 150-600.

If you can get any one of those for less than $300, in working order, let me know where. I'll take all of them I can get at that price.


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Jan 31, 2015 13:39 |  #6

GeoKras1989 wrote in post #17408776 (external link)
If you can get any one of those for less than $300, in working order, let me know where. I'll take all of them I can get at that price.

Haha, yep somehow missed the budget limit.

Yeah for $300 the 55-250 is about the only option. The tamron 70-300VC can be had for around the price but the difference between 250 and 300 is next to nothing. So it makes no sense to buy a 70-300 when you already have a 55-250




  
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gremlin75 wrote in post #17408779 (external link)
Haha, yep somehow missed the budget limit.

Yeah for $300 the 55-250 is about the only option. The tamron 70-300VC can be had for around the price but the difference between 250 and 300 is next to nothing. So it makes no sense to buy a 70-300 when you already have a 55-250

I miss that all the time - on my own budget. If my wife knew I was looking at an f/4L IS, she be showing me some limits, alright!


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Jan 31, 2015 14:05 |  #8

With your 60d, you already have arguably the best option at the price range. Outside of dslr, the Canon powershot sx50 hs will give you 24-1200mm 35mm equivalent and would fit your need for vaca photos. $349 on amazon, the most helpful reviews are a good summary. $199 Canon refurbished, which I think is one heck of a deal. Get some extra batteries, a 67mm filter adapter, and a circular polarizer if you dont already have one for your 18-135 (same size!) and your good to go.


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Jan 31, 2015 20:14 |  #9

Yep, it is really hard to beat the cost/performance of the nifty-250, so even if I somehow scrape enough funds together to get the 100-400L or one of the 150-600 offerings I believe I'll probably still be keeping the 55-250. Nice and light and easy for my wife to handle. I did have a 75-300 and won't go there again, sold it and turned around and picked up the 55-250 for basically even up.

I'm going to rummage around the basement and garage to see what I can dig out to sell and raise some lens money. We've already got a small pocket Canon so as noted above I can throw that in a pocket for more reach if needed, function and picture quality isn't there but okay for vacation use I guess.

I appreciate the comments, thanks.


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Feb 01, 2015 14:58 |  #10

honestly there isn't going to be any lens that will fit into that budget...your cheapest bets are going to be the sigma lenses 120-400OS, 150-500OS, and the older 50-500mm without stabilization...anothe​r option is the tamron 200-500mm...it doesn't get recommended much, but i've seen some decent shots without before (i believe member gabebalez had one, and he's good at making just about any telephoto lens look great) looking on ebay it looks like you could snag one for less than $400...it does seem like the tamron had some quality control issues though


if i were you, i'd try and save up for one of the stabilized sigmas...used you could probably get one of the two for close to $500


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Feb 01, 2015 20:16 |  #11

Yeah, realizing my current budget won't get it done.

Side note, we were cleaning out some stuff today and took a load to Goodwill. Took a lap after unloading the donations and found a film Canon eos model with a Tamron 28-200 lens, thought that I recalled reading that I could use a TC (1.4x or 2x) with a Tamron or Sigma, so I went ahead and bought the camera&lens. Also came with a small Tamrac bag. Just finished searching for reviews of the Tamron, and even though it doesn't seem too well considered it does seem to function on my 60D body and will hopefully allow me to play with TC's some if I come across a deal on one. Worst case is I'm not out much so worth it just to mess around with it some.


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Feb 01, 2015 22:21 |  #12

I had a Tamron 28-200 in the mid 90's, soft lens on the long end, wasn't happy with it at all even back then.


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Feb 01, 2015 23:00 |  #13

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Yeah, realizing my current budget won't get it done.

Side note, we were cleaning out some stuff today and took a load to Goodwill. Took a lap after unloading the donations and found a film Canon eos model with a Tamron 28-200 lens, thought that I recalled reading that I could use a TC (1.4x or 2x) with a Tamron or Sigma, so I went ahead and bought the camera&lens. Also came with a small Tamrac bag. Just finished searching for reviews of the Tamron, and even though it doesn't seem too well considered it does seem to function on my 60D body and will hopefully allow me to play with TC's some if I come across a deal on one. Worst case is I'm not out much so worth it just to mess around with it some.

it's really not a good idea...i mean buying things that you're not sure if they are a good buy or not, just ends up in you spending money in places that you shouldn't...this 28-200mm lens with a 1.4X will be a 280mm lens max, and it will be worse than what you had with the 55-250mm...the 55-250mm blows it away...so you end up spending money on something that doesn't solve your problem, and then you'll have a problem selling it later on, so you'll most likely lose money overall...

with your budget, yeah you might not be out much, but it's a big chunk considering your budget...


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Feb 01, 2015 23:16 |  #14

Understood, I'll blame it on the snowstorm. But you're right, ten bucks is still ten bucks.


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Feb 12, 2015 13:12 |  #15

Well, I think I'm learning, or at least am getting my photographic impulses reigned in a little. I came across a Tamron 200-500mm older lens for a Canon that would work with my 60D but did not have any IS. Seemed somewhat okay in the store, zoom function felt okay, focusing seemed okay, but definitely felt a bit dated to me. Looked nice and impressive, but decided I'd be better off holding off until I get my lens budget closer to a used 150-600 Tamron or Canon 100-400L.

Back to my daydreams of long lenses....


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