Canon Lens

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  1. lIghty

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    Hi all

    I'm looking at getting a second lens for my 500D to compliment the STD 18-55 IS lens, I'm wanting something with a bit of zoom. I would like to do some sports and wildlife photography. I'm still busy saving up for it, but would appreciate some input in the interim.

    What I've been looking at:

    55-250 IS - R2700
    75-300 USM - R2500
    70-300 IS USM - R5200 (the one I like :))
    28-135 IS USM - R4500

    If you guys know anyone selling a good s/hand, please let me know, as I'm on a tight budget!

    Thanks
     
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    Thanks Leigh, but thats a 17-40 wide angle, not a zoom.
     
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    Try outdoorphoto for most of those. A lot of guys are selling them when they upgrade to the more expensive L glass. So they go fairly cheaply.
     
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    Thanks Marius, been checking for ages, but no luck, only to non-IS with no USM :(
     
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    Ya i suppose so, Anthony Calfo loaned me his for a while and I really liked the wide angle. You want the type where you can see the hairs on an animal from a few 100 meters away?
     
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    HI,
    Also have canon equipment.
    For sports and general outdoor stuff go for 70-300 IS USM.
    I bought the sigma lens due to me not having the money at that stage to get it.
    I would also look at the 55 -250 mm lens. If you have the money go for the l series lenses. They last longer and better quality colours in the photos.
     
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    Forgot. Sa camera has very good deals
     
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    Go for the one you mentioned you like. I have one and they great. Saw quite a few on gumtree for good price. I bought a lens on there last week and not regretting it. Look under the kwazulu natal area. Quite a few on your doorstep
     
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    Thanks Marius, I did see that one, but at R4500 I'd rather buy new, with garrentee

    :p Something like that!

    55-250 is not bad, but doesn't have USM. Can't afford the "L" series.

    I think the USM is a must for things like motorsport (Rally etc)?

    Been checking, but nothing? only a 28-135 IS USM.


    As I'm using a APS-C sensor DSLR, the effective focal length is actually the lens x1.6. so a 28-138mm is effectively 45-216mm and the 70-300mm is effectively 112-480mm.
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    ok i know this lens doesnt have IS, but maybe worth a look if you are planning on using it mostly outdoors with natural light where you can keep shutter speed high to eliminate camera shake.

    SAcamera.co.za - Canon EF 70 - 200 mm f 4.0 L USM

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    Very nice lens, but a bit out of my planned price range :blush:, but perhaps I can look around for a good used unit.

    Stupid question, but what is the real difference between the STD and "L" lenses? I know they are better "quality", but how does this change the way I would take pictures?
     
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    In general terms L lenses do tend to give better colour, contrast and image quality. Usually noticeably better build quality and arguably better bokeh.
     
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    Ok, but are these not things that could be corrected in PS? I see there are functions to correct the chromatic abberation, etc?

    The reason I ask, is not to cheat the system, but I don't really have money for the "L" lens, Got my 1st bambino coming in just under 3 months:eek: the 70-300 IS USM @R5200 is pushing it.:whistling:
     
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    Bad, very bad idea. Bought it, gave it to the kids to play with
     
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    L Lenses are all about Glass, much better glass and coatings are used
     
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    Thanks Guys

    Sean, I spoke to him, nothing at the moment, I need to keep checking.

    Johan, I gave him a call, says he buys and sells, willing to give a 6 month warranty etc, but it just doesn't feel right. tells me the lens is 100% but hasn't tested it.....:whistling:

    Also after speaking to ORMS, they advise it should sell for about R3000 if in good condition.
     
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