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Need Help With Canon Lenses For 300D  
User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6231 times:


Finally, the great day is coming closer, I will finally get my Canon EOS 300D for my 16th Birthday. So my step into digital photography. I will get the 300D with 1 18-55mm lens and I also want to get a big one.
Now in the local stores I was told that the biggest lens for the 300D is a -200mm lens  Insane

I know a few of the 300D users here have bigger lenses. Are there lenses with 300+ mm???
Any websites with reviews of them or similar?

Thanks a lot in advance!

regards, Florian

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User currently offlineJoakimE From Sweden, joined Nov 2001, 408 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

I know that Stefan Sjögren is using a Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS lens with his Canon 300D...

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Photo © Stefan Sjögren

User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6200 times:

Canon make a dedicated telephoto zoom lens for the 300D, which only works on the 300D, and if I recall correctly this one stops at 200mm. However, ALL Canon EOS-mount lenses work on the 300D so you can buy pretty much any long lens you want.


User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6182 times:

Okay thanks, so any further advice? Is there a good Canon EOS lens between 200-400mm? I also heard that Sigma lenses are compatible with the cam? Is this correct?

Also, are there any good websites for viewing these lenses? because there's nothing on the Canon homepage...

thanks! Flo

User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6170 times:


A number of photographers here who use Canon kit use the 100-400L-IS. However, that is a very seriously expensive lens which if you're starting out could well be more than you or your folks would want to spend. As a "starter" lens which is is fairly cheap but produces good results for the price, take a careful look at the Canon 75-300USM - they do several versions of this lens including one with image stabilisation, but if you're on a tight budget the base lens is extremely good value for money. ALL of the current Canon lens range is on their website - even I can find them on Canon Austria's site even though I don't speak your language!

Sigma have a good range of lenses, including some in the range you're looking for, and many people use them. They SHOULD all work with the 300D, but there have been some compatibility problems between Sigma lenses and the Canon 10D (which requires Sigma to re-chip the lens) and these compatibility problems may occur with the 300D too. So if you go for a Sigma check very carefully that it works correctly with the camera before you buy. I can't recommend any particular Sigma lenses because I don't know their range.


User currently offlineTS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

Check out those sites. The prices given are suggested retail prices. So you'll find most lenses are actually not as expensive.


User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6137 times:


Vielen Dank  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Thank you for the two sites, they really helped me! Especially the suggested prices. I followed Andy's advice and looked for the 75-300mm USM - 329 Euros is quite perfect for my budget!

Thanks so far!


User currently offlineWork4bmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6065 times:

My 300D working with a +300 lens:

Example 1: http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/GBTUY.2.300D.jpg

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Photo © Aaron Lupton


User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6050 times:

I use the Digital Rebel with the Sigma 50-500/4.0-6.3. I love the lens because of its range. Most telephoto lenses start at 70mm and that is too much for some shots. So, I would definitely recommend this lens if you want range...plus if you are getting the kit, you have 18-500mm covered right there.

- Ryan Kaske l - MIA

User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6009 times:

Hello! I've now got a mail from a nice A.net member who gave me the hint to buy a Tamron lens... they offer a 70-300mm F 4-5,6 LD MACRO from only around 150 Euros.

A Canon 75-300 costs nearly 330 Euros! They say the Tamron lens does work with Canon cams, so is any Photographer here working with Tamron lenses???

Here is the goodie ( sorry, in german only )


regards, Flo

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5985 times:

Same specs, but same quality?


User currently offlineTS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5977 times:


I used this Tamron lens with my old film SLR & didn't like it. I tried the Canon 75-300 USM III once (photojournalism exercises for a seminar, shooting slides). From this impression & the photos in the database shot with this lens I'd say the Canon is clearly ahead of the Tamron.

My Tamron showed both visible vignetting & chromatic aberrations. There was also some distortion at the edges. This might not be a serious problem though as the 300D crops the edges (1.6x crop factor). Another problem was softness: I couldn't get any tack-sharp photo at 300mm. The quality of colours also deterioted. Most photos looked pale. Autofocus speed was OK under good light conditions, but don't expect miracles. Overall, I can't really recommend this lens for aviation photography. It might be good for other kinds of photography, though.

Invest some more money & go for the Canon. As I said earlier, prices on the Canon website are suggested retail prices. You can easily find one for €250.


User currently offlinePatrick_L From Austria, joined Jan 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5958 times:

Hey Flo !

Check this out:

Canon 75-300mm 4,0-5,6 http://www.geizhals.at/a44483.html

Sigma Objektiv AF-EX 50-500 mm 4.0-6.3 HSM for Canon
http://www.geizhals.at/a44814.html goes for 1000€

Tamron Objektiv AF-LD 70-300/4-5,6 Macro für Canon

I don't know if the mentioned SIGMA lens is the one I found, it yes then it's probably too expensive, as it costs the same as the Camera does  Big grin !

Well...help us, I do not know weather to go for the Canon or the Tamron. The Tamron has a good reputation and with that price not a lot can go wrong.

On the other hand, the Canon isn't too expensive and it seems logical that the glass etc.. might possibly be of higher quality.

Anybody with a DREB got one of those lenses?

Thanks Patrick

User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 5953 times:

Hello all!

Thanks again, Patrick, as for the Sigma... my budget for the lens is 400euros, so ... well  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

As I've written you on email, a friend of mine who is working in a camera store said I sholuld ge with the Tamron lens, as it even is a bit sharper than the Canon 75-300, but cheaper. I also think for the price of 150 euros i should go with the Tamron 75-300mm lens, if i don't like it, i can send it back anyway.

Thanks all so far!

You'll hear from me!

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