View Full Version : EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM OR EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

01-15-2009, 01:07 PM
Hello photo enthusiasts,

Need your recommendation on which lens to pick up with the Canon XSi (body only) camera. On Amazon.com, it runs for $570, and I can add either

* EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens
* EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
* EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens(comes with the lens kit package)

to qualify for the $100 instant rebate (not with lens kits package). The primary purpose of purchasing this camera is to take portrait photos of people in a non-studio setting and sports photos of my team. My main concern of the purchase is to get that distinguished look that sets apart from amateur point&shoot photos.

The lens will be the main lens used for pretty much everything. I hope the above information is not too vague/broad.

Thanks in advance.

01-15-2009, 01:17 PM
I think that the 75-300 is one of the WORST lenses made by any manufacturer in the history of lenses. Do not, under any circumstances, get this lens unless you need a paperweight or doorstop. The 55-250 is superior in every way that matters...and is a good starter zoom that compliments the kit lens perfectly...

01-15-2009, 01:26 PM
yeah that 55-250 looks nice.

01-15-2009, 01:33 PM
me 3....55-250 it is.

01-15-2009, 01:34 PM
Could I use the 55-250 as the primary lens? I wanted to only purchase one good all-around lens for pictures instead of buying the lens-kit package (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS).

01-15-2009, 01:38 PM
18-55 would be my pick if i could only pick one. of course, if your MAIN purpose is outdoor sports then the 55-250 would be ok, but you really need something in the 18-55 range for 90% of everything else.

01-15-2009, 01:41 PM
Could I use the 55-250 as the primary lens? I wanted to only purchase one good all-around lens for pictures instead of buying the lens-kit package (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS).I think the 55-250 might be a little long to use as your primary lens on a crop sensor camera like the XSi (it would be a 88-400mm equivalent)...but it totally depends on your shooting situations...if you're talking "tight" portraits plus sports shots, you should be fine. For wider shots and group portraits, you'll be switching to your 18-55 kit lens...so, you really need both.

A solution is to get neither and just get the 18-200 instead. One lens...decent quality...does it all...


01-15-2009, 01:49 PM
Are you talking about outdoor sports?

01-15-2009, 01:55 PM
It really depends if you are trying to shoot landscapes, portraits, wildlife etc. If you go with the 55-250 lens you're going to give up most of your landscape or wide angle ability, you'll find you're constantly trying to back up to take group photos or having to step back to capture someone in a scene with some background.

On the long end it might be ok for the body you currently have, but you really want to be taking a lot of shots where you want the reach (zoom). Long besides the fact that you have to back up a bit more for getting wider angle shots, you'll also have to consider that in areas where their are other people, the more space you create between you and your subject, the higher the likelihood of you getting an unwanted passerby in your shots.

I'd personally recommend a 18-55 lens for a walk around lens if you do a lot of traveling and want to take photos of scenes. I recently came back from Montreal and I found I used my 17-40mm f/4 lens far more than my 24-70mm f/2.8, but if I were focusing more on people than architecture I would probably be using my 24-70mm lens a but probably shooting in the 35-50mm range.

01-16-2009, 10:46 AM
18-55 and if u need zoom get 55-250 later on :)

01-16-2009, 11:08 AM
I appreciate all the inputs. Decided to pick up the XS with 18-55 lens kit.

Have a great day all!

01-16-2009, 04:58 PM
You made a good decision. That basic kit is the best place to begin. You may add that 55-250 when you can and have a great starter setup. Be sure to post some of your work :)

01-16-2009, 05:29 PM
Ya, that's a nice starter kit... add a flash to that and you're golden.

01-18-2009, 12:06 PM
I have the 18-55mm IS, 55-250mm IS and a "nifty fifty"...and with the possible exception of the Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro USM...I have no intentions of buying anymore lens for quite sometime. Save yourself some gray hair...and keep it simple (KISS).

Canon XS
EF-S 18-55mm IS
EF-S 55-250mm IS
EF 50mm f1.8 II
Sandisk SD/SDHC Extreme cards
Canon S3 IS
Canon A570IS
Sandisk SD/SDHC cards (Hacked with the latest CHDK)
...and various other stuff!