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 Post subject: Telephoto Zoom Lens
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:14 pm 
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Hi guys!

I joined the forum today and this is my first post. I need help in buying a telephoto zoom lens.

I currently own a Canon T2i with 18-55 mil. kit lens. I am going for a wildlife Safari in Jan and want to purchase a telephoto lens. I am confused between Canon EF 75-300 III USM and EF-S 55-250 IS lens. The former has got the USM feature while the latter has IS. Which feature among the two will be more handy in the situation? How do both of them perform? My budget revolves around $300.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:49 pm 
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Hi Welcome aboard,
have a look at the 70-300 Tamron SP VC Di USD. Better bang for your buck than those Canon lenses.

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I would steer away from the Canon 75-300mm. It's old, soft and lacks IS. The newer Canon 70-300mm IS USM (non-L version) could be an alternative. Or the Tamron suggested by maxjj

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I compaired the Tamron 70-300 and the canon 70-300 non-L and went with the Tamron. It has a non-rotating front element, nice feel to the build, full time manualy focus. Big warning, i had to clean the contacts on the lens, the camera would lose comunication with the lens on my first full day of shooting with it. I took it back to where i bought it and he said that happens with new lenses. We used a penciel erasor and rubbed on the contacts and it never had the problem again.

Have fun on your trip!

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+1 for the Tamron.


If you just keep your choice of those two lenses I'd rather go for the 55-250mm than for the 75-300mm.
A cheaper solution might be a used EF 100-300mm USM - it has a very fast ring USM with full time manual focus, is optically better than the 75-300mm and a used version doesn't cost much.

The last one was my solution (the Tamron wasn't released at that time) and I was very happy with it until I went for the 100-400mm L lens.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:50 pm 
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Thanks everyone! really appreciate you replies.

I am really inclined towards the Tamron 70-300 mm but I am not sure if it's available in my area. I'll check it in some malls though during the weekend.

I checked few websites and found another option - Sigma 70-300mm/4-5.6 DG Macro. How does this lens perform? It's quite cheap and readily available here also. Any other sigma lens that you guys can suggest?

Thanks again!


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The 55-250 IS is quite good also. If it's the max you want to spend, you should go for tje 55-250. After that, the Tamron 70-300.

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