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How much of a difference is there between 250mm and 300mm?

 
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Jun 14, 2009 03:23 |  #1

I'm looking for my first telephoto zoom lens. I can't really spend too much money on it, so I'm looking at the Canon EF S 55-250mm IS, and the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG macro lens.

I like the idea of having the extra range of the Sigma lens, but I've heard that the quality of the Canon in a little better. Am I going to miss the extra 50mm, or is 250mm close enough that it isn't really worth worrying about?

if I could, I would just get the EF 70-300mm IS USM. Unfortunatly, $500+ is just too high.




  
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Jun 14, 2009 03:27 |  #2

about 50mm + 1

go here http://www.tamron.com …cal-length-comparison.php (external link) and see if you can approximate that range




  
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Jun 14, 2009 03:29 |  #3

Spaceman, a lot depends on what you are going to use it for. Let us know.

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Jun 14, 2009 03:36 |  #4

Probably a good mix of wildlife and "macro" shooting. I don't go to too many sporting events, and if I do I just take my Powershot.




  
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Jun 14, 2009 03:40 |  #5

I don't think it's worth worrying about. Depending on the 'wildlife' 300mm won't be long enough anyway. 250mm is fine for zoo shooting tho'. I'd go for the Canon as has IS and good reputation. The Sigma has too but it can be soft at 300mm unless you really stop down. You'll also need a monopod to get the best from it IMO.


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Jun 14, 2009 09:03 |  #6

Get the 55-250 IS to start with.


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Jun 14, 2009 11:55 |  #7

condyk wrote in post #8106525 (external link)
I don't think it's worth worrying about. Depending on the 'wildlife' 300mm won't be long enough anyway.


I guess I should have clarified that. Birds, squrrels, deer, insects, maybe some hawks if I'm fast enough. Just stuff that is around my home.




  
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Jun 14, 2009 12:31 |  #8

On the long end of the zoom range, the IS is invaluable.


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Jun 14, 2009 13:23 |  #9

250 vs. 300 is simply like standing 20% closer! Put differently, 250mm on APS-C body at 100' sees a 6' x 9' area; 300mm at same distance sees 5' x 7.5'


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Jun 14, 2009 13:32 |  #10

I have the Sigma. I don't think there's much difference between 250 and 300 mm, and I probably would have gotten the 55-250 just for the IS if it had been available.

BTW, my Sigma is optically every bit as good as the tests I've seen of the 55-250 and the build quality is better. Hood and case included, too. But no IS...

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