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 Post subject: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Apr 25 8:37 am 
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Hi, I have a Cannon Rebel XS and two pretty good lenses but i still think that i need to upgrade my lens to get the shots that i like. Is anyone willing to sell a good long range cannon lens.
If not than any information on what type of lens or where to get it would be really appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Apr 26 2:33 pm 
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here are some suggestions to go with your XS, in order of escalating budget:
Canon 70-300mm IS USM,
Sigma 150-500mm OS (pretty good "bang for the buck"),
Canon 300mm F/4 IS USM with 1.4X teleconverter
Sigma 50-500mm OS,
Canon 100-400mm IS USM.


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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Apr 26 3:44 pm 
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So would you recommended the sigma 150-500 mm. Also what does OS stand for?


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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Apr 26 5:03 pm 
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also i look on ebay sigma 150-500mm and it says it is made for nikkon does it still work well for cannon?


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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Apr 26 10:40 pm 
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Yes they do I have one love it but does take a bit to get used to the weight but for my was a good buy compared to the price of a canon of similar type..

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
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I have a Canon 100-400 thats 13 months old that I am thinking of selling. It is a awesome lens. I recently bought a Canon 300mm 2.8L IS and find I don't use the 100-400 enough to justify keeping it. Email me at Supermike110@shaw.ca if interested. I am thinking $1400 would be a good deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Apr 28 9:44 pm 
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Ya sorry i just don't have that kind of money right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
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Thebirds wrote:
Ya sorry i just don't have that kind of money right now.


Well, the truth is that the Sigma 50-500mm lens will cost even more. I think the Canon 100-400mm/f4.5-5,6L IS lens is a great bang for the buck.


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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Nov 23 7:39 pm 
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Pandamon wrote:
here are some suggestions to go with your XS, in order of escalating budget:
Canon 70-300mm IS USM,
Sigma 150-500mm OS (pretty good "bang for the buck"),
Canon 300mm F/4 IS USM with 1.4X teleconverter
Sigma 50-500mm OS,
Canon 100-400mm IS USM.


I've been told that the Sigma 150-500m will get quite soft once you get past 300mm, and the sigma 50-500mm OS will get soft after 250mm.

I wouldn't recomed getting a Sigma lens that goes up to 500mm if it costs under $2000.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
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Birder2000 wrote:
.... and the sigma 50-500mm OS will get soft after 250mm.


I have one of the original, non-OS, 50-500mm and I'll take exception with that. The lens has a sweet spot at around 450mm @ f/8, though they all vary. The biggest drawback to these is the amount of light required at 500mm, and you can forget adding a teleconverter.

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Olympus E-3 Sigma 50-500 @ 500mm f/8 - no post, hand-held, sharp as a tack

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I wouldn't recomed getting a Sigma lens that goes up to 500mm if it costs under $2000.


I'll take exception with this also. If your budget is below $2000 a Sigma is likely the best bang you'll get for your buck. Any better quality will cost a hell of a lot more money.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
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As a Nikon user I can't comment too much on Canon but I do have the Sigma 150-500mm OS Nikon version and am not that happy with it. It is just too soft for my liking (unless lighting is perfect conditions). Forget birds in flight shots with this or equivalent even on a pro tripod. I do recommend the Canon 300mm F4 prime + 1.4 tele though as I have the equiv in Nikon and the combo is tack sharp.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
PostPosted: Nov 26 9:09 am 
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A good lens is the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM. It sells for quite a reasonable price (a bit over $1,200) and if you are okay with getting it used you could probably get it for $1000. The Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Lens is also a very good lens, but the cheapest price I found if you want to get it new is $1525. The Cannon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM is a very good lens though, especially for the price.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannon Lenses
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Thanks for all the tips :D


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