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Aug 26, 2018 09:52 |  #1

Im pretty happy with the 18-135 for shooting trains, but i find it a tad short for my Bird feeder and Butterflys, im on a limited budget and really cant go any higher in price than the
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro or the
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im looking at shooting birds on a feeder or the odd birds in the woods and a few Butterflys, ive looked at a few reviews but they do vary, so i thought i could trust the guys on this forum for a truer opinion, id be very grateful for opinions please thank you Happy:-)


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Aug 26, 2018 10:06 |  #2

There is no more value lens than the 55-250 STM lens. Good IQ, great price...


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Aug 26, 2018 10:13 |  #3

I know people that are very happy with this lens.

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …_70_300mm_f_4_5​_6_is.html (external link)

I owned this one and was happy with it. I only sold it because I wanted money for the 70-200mm.

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Aug 26, 2018 10:19 |  #4

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There is no more value lens than the 55-250 STM lens. Good IQ, great price...

Thank you TeamSpeed but i really need wider than 55m as i will sell my 18-135:-)


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Aug 26, 2018 10:20 |  #5

TeamSpeed wrote in post #18693080 (external link)
There is no more value lens than the 55-250 STM lens. Good IQ, great price...

Pigpen101 wrote in post #18693084 (external link)
I know people that are very happy with this lens.

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …_70_300mm_f_4_5​_6_is.html (external link)

I owned this one and was happy with it. I only sold it because I wanted money for the 70-200mm.

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …_70_300mm_f_4_5​_6_Di.html (external link)

Thank you pigpen but as before i need wider than 70mm cheers:-)


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Aug 26, 2018 10:29 |  #6

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Thank you pigpen but as before i need wider than 70mm cheers:-)

I understand your need. The lenses I mentioned above are $150 less than the Tamron 16-300mm you mentioned in your original post. Maybe that extra $150 will let you keep your 18-135.;-)a




  
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Aug 26, 2018 10:50 |  #7

Pigpen101 wrote in post #18693098 (external link)
I understand your need. The lenses I mentioned above are $150 less than the Tamron 16-300mm you mentioned in your original post. Maybe that extra $150 will let you keep your 18-135.;-)a

Yes but i really hate changing lenses, arthoratic hands dont help me with this:oops:


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Aug 26, 2018 11:38 |  #8

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Yes but i really hate changing lenses, arthoratic hands dont help me with this:oops:

I understand. I don't like changing lenses either. I just used that as an excuse to get a second body :lol:




  
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Aug 26, 2018 11:47 |  #9

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I understand. I don't like changing lenses either. I just used that as an excuse to get a second body :lol:

:-D;-)athank you:grin:


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Aug 26, 2018 12:07 |  #10

If you think you would be happy with a dslr super zoom lens and changing lenses cause issues, have you considered a bridge camera? They will produce good quality images but also are less bulky and have more zoom. The canon sx60hs comes to mind as does the Nikon p900.

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Aug 26, 2018 12:23 |  #11

There really are few options when you need a single lens that can handle wide to telephoto and the ones that are available are costly. I think the only one in Canons tool chest is the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L but that's a $2000 lens. There are a couple others I can think of like the Siggy 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 or the Siggy 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 and the Tammy 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 or Tammy 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3. I've haven't played with any so really can't comment on quality, but there are a few out there.


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Aug 26, 2018 12:40 |  #12

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There really are few options when you need a single lens that can handle wide to telephoto and the ones that are available are costly. I think the only one in Canons tool chest is the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L but that's a $2000 lens. There are a couple others I can think of like the Siggy 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 or the Siggy 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 and the Tammy 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 or Tammy 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3. I've haven't played with any so really can't comment on quality, but there are a few out there.

That's so funny you bring up that lens (Canon 28-300mm), I didn't even know it existed until yesterday. I saw the old version hanging from a photographers side yesterday at the football game and I started a conversation with him. He said it has served him quite well for years and was thinking about buying this newer version. As a sports photographer, that lens will cover a lot of ground especially on a crop sensor. However, due to the F/ stop, you'd most likely get better IQ on a FF during night games.




  
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Aug 26, 2018 14:05 |  #13

If you're going to go with a super zoom, I would strongly consider the Tamron 18-400 vs the -300 models; especially if you're planning to use it for birds at the feeder and going to sell the other lens.


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Aug 26, 2018 14:06 |  #14

Id like to thank you all for your input, ive now decided to go for the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
this should do me nicely for my needs thanks a lot friends...Happy:-)


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Aug 26, 2018 14:19 |  #15

To go to one of the 18-300, or 18-400 lenses is essentially saying that you don't care a bunch about the quality of your images. Shoot the 18-135, and crop when necessary. A 50% crop gets you out to 270mm, with minimal loss in IQ. And it costs nothing.




  
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