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 Post subject: New lens for safari
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:31 am 

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I have a canon eos 1000d with 18-55 lens.
In 2 weeks i'm going on a safari in Kenia and i want to buy a telephoto lens.
At first sight the 55-250 lens seems the most logical way to go for me.

My first question is a rather dumb one i'm afraid, but need to ask it anyway.
I assume that i need to take of my 18-55 lens of my camera in order to use the 55-250 lens.
Or does this 2nd lens "clikcs" onto the first one?

If i can only use the 55-250 without the 18-55 i will loose the advantage of being able to capture a wide landscape in 1 picture.
I don't really see myself carrying 2 lenses and changing them depending on the picture i want to take.
In your experience, will this disadvantage be important?
Or can a 55-250 lens still capture more than the average compact camera?
I might consider buying a 18-200 lens to have both advantages, but this is of course twice the price.
Any advise on this part is welcome!

Thanks in advance.


 Post subject: Re: New lens for safari
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:59 am 
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You need to remove the first lens to use a second one. If you got the 55-250, it will pick from where the 18-55 stops. So if you want to keep wide angle, you either need both, or as you say, get something like the 18-200. Note there is some risk to changing lenses outdoors, especially if you're in a dusty area as it will find its way into the camera, and eventually onto the sensor and impact the images.

If you look at 3rd party lenses, Sigma do an 18-250 and Tamron do a 18-270 for example, so they may be alternative choices. Just be aware that lenses with more zoom range in one go tend to be designed with more compromises, thus may have lower image quality compared to using separate lenses.

It may sound odd, but if you just want a lot of zoom range, a bridge camera like the Canon SX50 might do better. Of course there will be different compromises, but it has as much zoom range as you can imagine while still keeping a reasonable quality level. Worth a look at reviews of that.

Canon DSLRs: 7D2, 7D1, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 70-300L, 100-400L, 100L, MP-E 65, EF-S 10-18, 15-85
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 50/1.4A, 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS
Compacts: Sony HX9V, Fuji X100.

 Post subject: Re: New lens for safari
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:56 am 

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Well if you are going on a safari I have to conclude that you have some cash to spend. Those trips are never cheap, and usually a once in a lifetime experience. If you want to capture such a fantastic trip, I'd say you shouldn't settle for cheap lenses that have a maximum focal length of 250mm. A Canon EF 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM is what I would take at the very least, but you could also go for a 70-300/4-5.6 (L) IS USM. If the prices are too high to buy one, you can always rent one too. That way you will actually get great image quality, without having to spend the big bucks on it.

Cameras: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 40D
Lenses: Canon EF 17-40/4 L USM, Canon EF 24-105/4 L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L USM, Tamron SP 150-600/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Canon Extender 1.4x II
Want list: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron SP 90/2.8 VC USD Macro, Canon EF 500/4 L IS USM, Canon Extender 2.0x III

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