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Old 03-22-2009, 08:13 AM
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I need some recommendations on a good telephoto zoom lens. I am looking at the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS. It needs to fit a Canon and go up to 300mm. Anyone use anything they like?
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You need to specify a budget when you ask a question like that. The 70-300 line of lenses is not great. They tend to get pretty soft as you approach the limits of the focal range, especially at max aperture. For a couple hundred more, a "good" telephoto zoom for Canon is the 70-200/f4L. If you want to get into really good, look at the 70-200/2.8 (with or w/o IS) if it's in your budget or if you absolutely must have a minimum focal length of 300mm, take a look at the 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS.

If your budget is really limited to the $3-500 range, then I would suggest a higher quality Sigma over the above Canon choices, as you can likely get one of their mid to upper end telephoto zooms in that range.
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Thank you for the info. My budget is $4-700 range. It looks like the 70-200L is within that range, but the version without IS. How big of a priority should I make the IS, since it is possible I might be hand holding a shot zoomed in? Any Sigma options in specific you recommend in that price range?

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Thank you for the info. My budget is $4-700 range. It looks like the 70-200L is within that range, but the version without IS. How big of a priority should I make the IS, since it is possible I might be hand holding a shot zoomed in? Any Sigma options in specific you recommend in that price range?
At the telephoto range of things, IS is a huge benefit. Especially if you aren't always using a tripod. If you can budget for it, definitely go IS.
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Agreed with IB cliffom. beyond about 70mm of focal length, IS will help. It is especially helpful in any lighting conditions less than full daylight because it will allow you to take handheld shots at the slower shutter speeds that the light is allowing. Wish I could advise you more about the Sigmas, but that's not my expertise.
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Especially in lower light. The only problem I have with IS is, it doesn't help you deal with subject movement. That alone causes me to dislike IS somewhat, it's a little like ABS, it becomes a crutch.
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Any other recommendations in the Canon line? The 70-200 F4/L IS jumps the price up to around $1100. Is there no other good options at the $500-800 range?
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It all depends on your want's needs. The 70-200 f/4 L is a GREAT lens, as is the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. I have one, I use it all the time. No IS, but with a monopod, it's not needed as much..
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It's a can't hurt feature, IMO.

If you can't afford f/2.8 or better than you can't. IS comes on $350-500 lenses. 2.8 generally does not.
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