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Aug 07, 2007 13:09 |  #1

I just bought my kit camera so i have no lens other than the kit. I dont have much money left as i spent it all on the camera. but ive been looking at 2 lenses which one would you suggest? Or maybe theres another lens im not looking at. I know the xti has makes it so the lens are 1.6x more. So that 200 is 320mm Which is pretty good. I was curious though if i added a 1.4x adapter would that make it 600mm? If so would the 55-200 with 1.4x be better than the 70-300m without? Im looking for $250 or below. Thanks

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Aug 07, 2007 13:15 |  #2

Just be aware that either lens won't be able to autofocus at the long end with the 1.4x teleconverter in place! The maximum aperture your camera can focus at is f/5.6 and with the tele both lenses will be f/8 at the long end.

I can't offer any experience about either lens though. Also note that the first lens you posted is a Nikon mount.


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Aug 07, 2007 13:15 |  #3

I would save some money and get something you really want or need. Those 2 choices are not the best, and definetely I would never put a TC on them.

have you look into the Canon EF 70-200 f4. Excellent lens. I used to have it. It runs about $500 used. If you get cheaper stuff you end up wasting money cause you will eventually get the one you really want. Trust me.


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Aug 07, 2007 13:18 |  #4

If you are interested in the Sigma 70-300 you listed, make sure you get the APO version. It will cost a little more ($200) but it is definitely the better choice.




  
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Aug 07, 2007 13:31 as a reply to  @ Saralonde's post |  #5

Thanks guys i edited my post and you posted right before it. I forgot to add this lens its the one im really thinking of buying. Im no pro and dont need anything thats perfect and i wont be shooting at night. Anyone have any samples of this lens? is it a good one?


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Aug 07, 2007 13:35 |  #6

goto www.pbase.com/cameras (external link) where you will find samples for nearly every lens on the market


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Aug 07, 2007 14:10 as a reply to  @ steunited's post |  #7

What about this lens? Im looking for something for $300 or under and a nice one, Either a 70-300 or 18-200 which ever one is better for quality. The total length doesnt bother me 200 is fine for what im looking for since its equivalent to 320mm with my xti. Maybe theres more lenses im not looking at that someone can mention. So pretty much anything 200 or above thats decent for $300 and under.


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Aug 07, 2007 14:50 |  #8

How come there's a Nikon lens in the first post?

Also, what are you planning to shoot? Are you just looking to reach a little further than your kit lens, or are you looking to replace it?


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Aug 07, 2007 14:51 |  #9

The Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC Telephoto is actually pretty good for the money. Its small, light, unbobtrusive and fairly sharp and makes a good partner to the kit lens. Check out this thread and review: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=291362 . Also check prices on Sigma4Less.com which is often lower than others. It was so cheap I picked one up for a backup lens and liked it so much I kept using it.

The Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO gets lots of good reviews and lots of people swear by it.

The 18-200 "hyperzooms" are generally less sharp since they make certain compromises in order to pack that zoom range into a single small lens but can usually give acceptable results when stopped down. If you absolutely need a one lens solution, the Tamron 18-250mm has been getting some good reviews though it may be beyond your price range.




  
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Aug 07, 2007 15:14 |  #10

cy88 wrote in post #3685498 (external link)
How come there's a Nikon lens in the first post?

Also, what are you planning to shoot? Are you just looking to reach a little further than your kit lens, or are you looking to replace it?

yeah i just linked to the wrong one havn't changed it yet.

JackProton wrote in post #3685503 (external link)
The Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC Telephoto is actually pretty good for the money. Its small, light, unbobtrusive and fairly sharp and makes a good partner to the kit lens. Check out this thread and review: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=291362 . Also check prices on Sigma4Less.com which is often lower than others. It was so cheap I picked one up for a backup lens and liked it so much I kept using it.

The Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO gets lots of good reviews and lots of people swear by it.

The 18-200 "hyperzooms" are generally less sharp since they make certain compromises in order to pack that zoom range into a single small lens but can usually give acceptable results when stopped down. If you absolutely need a one lens solution, the Tamron 18-250mm has been getting some good reviews though it may be beyond your price range.

Thanks for the info, Im still trying to decide between the 70-300mm or the 55-200mm now. im leaning more towards the 70-300mm though




  
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Aug 07, 2007 15:39 |  #11

buster84 wrote in post #3685650 (external link)
Thanks for the info, Im still trying to decide between the 70-300mm or the 55-200mm now. im leaning more towards the 70-300mm though

Side-by-side, the two lenses seem to compare quite favorably from a direct comparison review I've seen.

http://forums.dpreview​.com …rum=1031&messag​e=11719375 (external link)
http://www.pbase.com/k​azfujieda/image/613852​15 (external link)

I think you'll be happy with either choice. In my opinion, the 70-300 is probably better for nature shots due to its longer focal length. The 55-200, however, is great for travelling light and for use in more cramped conditions such as in a city where the wider end could be more useful (and where it also calls less attention to itself than the larger 70-300).




  
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Aug 07, 2007 16:18 |  #12
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I have the non-APO version of the 70-300 and it sucks. I can't get anything sharp out of it over 200mm. Total waste of glass. I let my students play with it, as it is valueless.




  
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Aug 07, 2007 16:53 |  #13

bobthefish wrote in post #3685974 (external link)
I have the non-APO version of the 70-300 and it sucks. I can't get anything sharp out of it over 200mm. Total waste of glass. I let my students play with it, as it is valueless.

Yeah i heard the non apo is exactly like that but the apo one is 10x better.




  
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