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RiCEADDiCTBOY
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Mar 29, 2010 01:08 |  #1

I would like to get a telephoto lens for landscape, wildlife, structure photography...

My budget is around 500 dollars (willing to be mildly flexible). Any suggestions?




  
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Mar 29, 2010 05:29 |  #2

70 - 200 f/4


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Mar 29, 2010 09:07 |  #3

RiCEADDiCTBOY wrote in post #9890919 (external link)
I would like to get a telephoto lens for landscape, wildlife, structure photography...

My budget is around 500 dollars (willing to be mildly flexible). Any suggestions?

telephotos are not usually for landscape and structures but my suggestion is the Canon 55-250IS and save the rest of your budget for a future 400mm or f2.8




  
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Mar 29, 2010 10:25 |  #4

get the 35f/2 and save up for a decent telephoto lens or 10-22 depending if you're doing more wildlife or landscapes/structures


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Mar 29, 2010 10:29 |  #5

if you have the kit lens then use that for your landscape and structure and then spend about $450 on a used 70-200 f4L for wildlife.


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Mar 29, 2010 11:13 |  #6
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watt100 wrote in post #9892393 (external link)
telephotos are not usually for landscape and structures but my suggestion is the Canon 55-250IS and save the rest of your budget for a future 400mm or f2.8

Um but the 70-200 will give him the most possibilities- Wildlife, structures, etc..
He could just get a Tamron 18-50 2.8, but then not so much possibilities for wildlife where he needs to get close

Sharpmaxell wrote in post #9892947 (external link)
if you have the kit lens then use that for your landscape and structure and then spend about $450 on a used 70-200 f4L for wildlife.

This. The kit lens is good enough for that actually- it's great value. I use mine for the very occasional landscape work.


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Mar 29, 2010 11:24 |  #7

You will have to be a litle bit flexible on that $500 but the 70-200 F/4L is a great value and will serve your needs. Razor sharp and great all around lens. Certainly great for wildlife. A lot of people love this lens for landscapes when you want to compress the scene, i.e., get the mountains or other background larger. It's also very good for panoramas. It's not so much for structure photography bt you can't have everything.

This lens is just a great value.


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Mar 29, 2010 13:13 |  #8

if u can get 200 more bucks im considering the 15-85mm for my upcoming t2i


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Mar 29, 2010 15:06 |  #9

Hmm a few suggestions, but your budget is going to limit you and you are going to have to make some choices as to which way you want to turn at this point. A few have been suggested and (based on a short trip to the amazon US site to get an idea of prices) I'd say this:

Canon 50-250mm IS $253.96
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro $209.00
These two would be the cheap telephoto options in your price range. I have no idea which is the sharper of the two though the canon lens has the bonus of IS which will certainly help at the long end. Have a search around of some reviews and see what you can find. For a budget option either gives you quite a bit of reach and would be a decent wildlife starting point. The sigma also does agood job of closeup (not true macro) work which (when on even a cheap tripod) gives a good result as well.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom $639.00
This is the budget pusher telephoto option and the cheapest 70-200mm L that canon make. Second hand you should be able to pick it up for a bit less. Don't think that because its the cheapest that its poor, its L grade, very well built and very sharp (at f4 it can beat its f2.8 version in image tests).

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens $479.00
A very good quality wide angle lens, this would satisfy your landscape needs very well, but would eat up (and push) your budget.

My views. I started on a sigma 70-300mm DG (the older version of the sigma listed above) without the APO coatings and it was a good starting nature lens. It had reach and did well for closeup work. I did find that a tripod helps with stabilty and with getting good shots a lot, even a cheap $10 tripod (or a beanbag on the ground) made a big difference. It was softer at the 300mm end and whilst the APO makes a noticable improvement it still softer at the long end.
I then upgraded to an L lens - the 70-200mm f2.8 IS L - and whilst I miss the range for wildlife at the long end I have not touched the 70-300mm since getting the L lens. Sharpness, autofocus speed, controls - overall it is a big step up. It is short for wildlife, don't kid yourself on this fact and you will need solid fieldcraft to get desirable results from it. As a standalone wildlife lens its not ideal, but as a part of a nature photography setup it has a solid place in my bag. 70mm is decent for landscape as it lets you isolate features in the scene, but you will still want for a dedicated wider lens at some point. A 1.4TC (which will also work well with the f4) is a good option to get a little more range out of it with minimal loss of light and image quality.


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