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  1. #11
    Ron, great explanation. I'm just a rookie in lenses

  2. #12
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    Dec 2006
    So Calif
    I have been shooting pictures for near 50 years and had great luck with the Quantaray lenses . They are made by Sigma and true thay are on the lower end of there cost factor . I have 3 different auto focus lenses from them [Quantaray] a 18 to 90mm A 70 to 300mm and a 1000mm and they all run very quit and smooth. I also have the same 3 lenses in the Sigma lenses and believe me when I say it's darn hard to tell them apart
    Comparing 2 of the same thing (low cost lenses by the same maker) doesn't really help much.

    Generally you get what you pay for (and a large constant aperture greatly adds to that cost). The budget lenses work and may be fine for now, but you will likely want to upgrade a level or two in the future.

    Canon has a decent 55-250mm ( I think that's it) and that would be my starter for a budget tele-zoom.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)

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