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Mar 01, 2010 19:43 |  #91

liupublic wrote in post #9703604 (external link)
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM Macro is going for $800 new. Not too bad compares to Canon 70-200 f4L. Definitely a possible choice. Fast AF, F/2.8 plus some 1:3.5 macro capability.

Still, I don't consider either a budget lens. For outdoor/non-action shot, 55-250mm IS simply can't be beat for $200 used. I have been trying to justify an upgrade from 55-250mm, but it's very difficult to find a "value" alternative.

Who buys lenses new?

I buy bodies new. Lenses (all of mine) are used. Saved a huge chunck of change that way


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Mar 01, 2010 19:59 |  #92

sanjeedbd wrote in post #9703730 (external link)
Agreed. There's no alternative to the great EFs 55-250mm IS at present. In fact it's becoming my regular walk-around lens; even my big gun (400mm) gets much more rest than this. Anything close is at least $ 350/- dearer.

yes, depending on where you walk, the Canon 55-250IS is an excellent "walk-around" lens




  
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Mar 02, 2010 00:07 |  #93

musicmaster wrote in post #9709878 (external link)
Who buys lenses new?

I buy bodies new. Lenses (all of mine) are used. Saved a huge chunck of change that way

Who buys bodies new? I got my 20D, 18-55mm II, 75-300mm, and 420EX for $650 two years ago. I could pick up a 40D now for $550 or so, or a 1D Mark III for $2000 if I'm lucky. Bodies depreciate faster than heck. Lenses maintain their value much better, even if the lens is replaced, plus you have a warranty and the date code that maintains some value.


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Mar 03, 2010 06:01 |  #94

Yup. I wish I could buy some good old bodies. I need just little higher ISO performance, faster shutter speed and around 50% more burst frame rate than my existing 450D. Sadly, Canon's new offerings frustrated me. They have done all that however, they spoiled the new bodies with even higher pixel counts and movie option. Both are unnecessary inclusions on DSLRs. I'm talking about 7D, 500D and 550D. A 12 MP camera is already powerful enough to capture excellent images eligible for large size prints if necessary. And inclusion of movie function is self-contradictory as they are producing camcorders as well. Had the movie function in DSLRs been strong enough for quality video recording, the camcorder production should have been stopped! Moreover, they are yet to realize majority still shooters are not interested in video shooting. That's a separate activity altogether.

That leaves me still gasping for a good body but unsure whether it's gonna come by unless I decide to go for FF.




  
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Mar 03, 2010 06:13 |  #95

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The consensus here is usually the Canon EF-S 55-250mm as it performs well optically for its price. Another option would be the Canon 100-300mm ƒ/5.6L which can be had for $300 used, it has very sharp optics and is relatively inexpensive. If you have a bit more money you may want to consider the Canon 70-200mm ƒ/4L or Canon 200mm ƒ/2.8L, the former is about $500 used and the latter $500-600. It all depends upon your budget and the type of photography that you'll use it for, so if you provided those we'd have a better idea of what to recommend.

I've owned the 70-200mm ƒ/4L and the Canon 200mm ƒ/2.8L so I can offer my personal experience with both of those.

I didn't realize the 2.8 could be had for so cheap! Did you miss the lack of IS?


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Mar 03, 2010 13:32 |  #96

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I didn't realize the 2.8 could be had for so cheap! Did you miss the lack of IS?

That's a prime 200mm f/2.8 L lens. Not 70-200mm f/2.8 L. If you don't need zoom, that is a great option. Unfortunately, I am lazy and I know it.

The only cheaper fast zoom option is the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 for ~$500-600 used or $700-800 new. There are 4-5 iterations of that lens over the last few years. The newest one was just announced but not out yet as of today.

Actually I just took the plunge and purchased a Canon 70-200mm f4 (non-IS) yesterday. Hopefully it will be a worthy "value" upgrade to 55-250mm IS.


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Mar 03, 2010 16:19 |  #97

Second hand 70-200 f4 IS? I got mine for £600 last month. I doubt you'll find anything better at that price.


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Mar 03, 2010 22:58 |  #98

The latest version of 200 prime is f/2. It's a top notch glass. However, its most impressive part is the price tag: US$ 5,300/- only.




  
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Mar 03, 2010 23:28 |  #99

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Second hand 70-200 f4 IS? I got mine for £600 last month. I doubt you'll find anything better at that price.

Just worry about the lack of IS. I am very used to having IS because my everyday lens is 24-105L IS. So I can get into some very bad habit. Often relying on the technology to save the shot instead of going to a higher ISO.


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Mar 04, 2010 06:05 |  #100

Like I said, I got the IS version for £600 second hand.


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Mar 09, 2010 23:22 |  #101

In fact IS is not a big issue unless u shoot a lot in low light. With consumer or mid level non-IS 'L' glasses it's possible to shoot quality images using higher ISOs and/or tripods.

In case you are a pro, we are not in a position to suggest what to do rather would like to learn the same from you.

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Mar 23, 2010 00:22 |  #102

There seems to be an uncomfortable silence here. Let me try to break it with these:

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IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4442477528_8847e6de57.jpg

Both were shot recently with EFs 55-250 IS. The sunflowers at wide end and bird at tele end.



  
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Mar 23, 2010 04:28 |  #103

sanjeedbd wrote in post #9852215 (external link)
There seems to be an uncomfortable silence here. Let me try to break it with these:


Both were shot recently with EFs 55-250 IS. The sunflowers at wide end and bird at tele end.

for a good budget telephoto you can't beat the 55-250IS




  
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Mar 30, 2010 23:20 |  #104

You are right pal:

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Just good light and getting close.



  
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Apr 07, 2010 04:37 |  #105

I've looked through this thread as I myself own a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro, I was wondering what your thoughts are on this lens when compaired to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.

I know there is a drop off of 50mm, but there is a gain of the IS system which my current lens does not have and at between the 150-300mm range, hand held this would be a bonus I guess.

I am currently thinking about selling my Sigma and replacing it with this Canon lens but would like your thoughts on this firstly.

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