Home News Buyers Guide About Advertising
 
 
 
   
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    718

    Lens advice - Medium Telephoto zoom

    To get this out the way - Yes, I'd adore one of the canon 70-200mm lenses, but they're not a suitable price for the amount of use the lens will get. The extra money can be better spent being put toward a third lens (Macro), I feel.

    So, I find myself with a dilemma...Which lens to get? If anyone has any suggestions other than the ones I've narrowed it down to, feel free to suggest them! I'm looking for a range of about 50/70mm at the low end to maybe 200/300 at the top end of the zoom. I'd love a wide aperture but again, I don't think it's worth it for the amount of use I'd give the lens. Waste not, as it were...So f/4-5.6ish is preferable.

    Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di II LD - Budget. Very budget. But seems to get good reviews...I'm not keen though due to the lack of OS which would probably make it pretty unusable without a tripod at the long end.

    Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS - It has IS, and is the mid range option. Made by canon obviously which I do see as a plus...Covers a good range, but not sure about how it will hold up at the long end of the zoom.

    Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DC OS HSM - Stabilised 4 stops and with a hypersonic motor, but price is getting higher than I'd like really, though I'd pay for quality - But I'm having trouble finding reviews. Or it for sale. And that's suspicious in a way. I know it's quite new but it has been a while...

    Anyone got/used any of them? Have any other suggestions? I do my homework very thoroughly before I buy any equipment to make sure it's exactly what I want...but sometimes I end up overanalysing, and need to step back. Plus, outside/user opinions are always very helpful.
    Gear List:
    Canon 40D + Sigma 18-50mm + Canon 55-250mm

    My Gallery

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Amherst, MA
    Posts
    3,249
    In the mid-zoom range Canon makes very good lenses. The "new" Canon 55-250 IS gets decent reviews; I would go with either this or the older 70-300 IS, which many say is a "hidden L" lens in terms of its optical quality.

    This is a testament to just how good the 70-300 IS is...(compared with the 70-200 f/4 L)....
    http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/73v72f4is
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Dubai, UAE
    Posts
    2,907
    Ditto to Michael....the Canon 55-250 or the 70-300 IS....don't bother with the others IMO.
    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
    Portfolio

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    718
    Thanks both of you - I think on reading more reviews and finding some sample photos on flickr I'll go with the Canon 55-250mm, paired with the Sigma 105mm Macro...That way I have effective focal lengths of 29-400 covered and the macro lens I've been wanting after for a year now. But...

    My bag isn't big enough! There's no way it's going to hold all three lenses, let alone the camera and the rest of the stuff I lug around...So that's another load of money gone on a bag. Not that I can complain, I got the current one free. So to save me starting a new thread, anyone got any bag preferences? *Starts trawling through reviews*
    Gear List:
    Canon 40D + Sigma 18-50mm + Canon 55-250mm

    My Gallery

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Dubai, UAE
    Posts
    2,907
    Lowepro....slightshot or backpack depending on what you prefer....
    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
    Portfolio

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    718
    I may be looking at something like the Lowepro Fastpack 350 or Tamrac 5375...The latter seems to have a lot of room to expand into.
    Gear List:
    Canon 40D + Sigma 18-50mm + Canon 55-250mm

    My Gallery

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    8,163
    I'd get that Canon 55-250. It looks pretty good and is nice and compact.
    Ouch.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    718
    It does look pretty good from the sample images...I'm not so convinced by the all-plastic build, but it's effectively a transition lens to last me a few years while I gather funds for an upgrade, so it doesn't have to outlast me or anything!
    Gear List:
    Canon 40D + Sigma 18-50mm + Canon 55-250mm

    My Gallery

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    8,163
    As long as you don't abuse it you should be fine.
    Ouch.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    1,651
    I have the 55-250 I've been happy with the results.

    Shot this last week



    Shot these last Saturday









Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •