Yeah so since I have a Canon Camera and I am Consider either a Canon or Sigma Telephoto lens, Canon wins 2 - 1 so it's here in the Canon Section! (logic huh!)
Yeah so heres the deal.
I'm looking for a telephoto lens.
Budget - Max £300 (Can perhaps be extended slightly if its an amazing deal)
Range - 250mm at least, 300mm pref. 70-300 is a range I am strongly leaning towards.
Type - Definitely a zoom, prime tele isn't flexible enough for me just now.
Aperture - Const. isn't a must, but pref. nothing as low as F/6.3
IS/OS - Again not a must but if possible it would be good to have.
New/Used - If it is used (anyone here selling?) then as long as it is in good condition and working perfectly then I'd happily consider it.
I have been looking at 4 lenses to date.
Canon EF 75-300 USM MkIII
Canon EF 75-300 USM IS MkIII
Canon EF 70-200 USM F/4L
Sigma EF 70-300 APO Macro
Canon 75-300 USM MkIII seems like the most sensible choice out of the 4. Fast focusing, descent enough build quality, does the job lens.
Canon 75-300 USM IS MkIII is the one which I am considering strongly just now, better build quality than the non IS version, although apparently it is discontinued, should this be anything to be worried about?
Canon EF 70-200 F/4L is a little out of my price range new, but if there is one going for cheap enough I'd consider pushing the budget for some white L lens goodness.
Sigma 70-300 APO Macro is on my list for a different reason. It has a closer focusing distance than the rest on the list making it better for macro work, meaning I can miss out on a dedicated macro lens for a while. It like the EF 70-300 USM MkIII is a does the job lens, nothing fancy in terms of build quality or features apart from the Macro 95cm focusing distance between 200-300mm.
So As you can see I'm stuck between features as it goes just now.
Standard lens - IS lens - White Const. Aperture L lens - Macro 1:2 lens
Each has its own advantage, and I know its sort of what I'll use the most, but in reality I could see myself using the IS, large Const. aperture, L quality optics and macro features!
So which do you think is the best deal out of the 4 and if you have had any experience with one or more of the above lenses please share your experiences
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