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User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

Hello I need some help choosing a lens for my Canon AE-1 Program. Should I buy a new Phoenix brand lens or a used Canon lens. A zoom would be better.

Thanks!


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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
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Stay away from anything named "Phoenix."

Have a look at the Sigma EX glass, what size are you looking for?


User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Aa7E7,

Give us an idea of what you are looking for. Price range, zoom length. Personally I would get a used 100-400mm IS, but who knows how much you can afford? Let us know, we'll be more useful.

Bill


User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

I am looking at a zoom lens with anywhere between 50-220mm focal length. As for price range nothing more than $250.

Thanks



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User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

You can buy a Canon 75-300 USM, new, for $189.00: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=169269&is=USA

The version with IS is $200.00 more, but you may be able to find a used version in your price range.

A lot of photographers on this site use this lens.



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User currently offlineAndersNilsson From Sweden, joined May 2004, 417 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

I would look for good used Canon FDn zoom- or tele lenses like 80-200mm 4L, 70-210mm 4, 300mm 4L, 300mm 5.6 or 100-300 5.6L.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=search&Q=&ci=3018&al=321_2644%2C0&bl=8&pn=2

Anders



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User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

Is the camera in question an FD mount, rather than EF? If so, disregard my post above.  Smile


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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 740 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

You'll need an FD mount lens, which pretty much rules out buying a new lens these days.

The good news is that there are some real bargains on 2nd hand FD glass to be had, and this can be very good indeed. Zooms in the 70-200 range should be readily available at a good price. I would avoid zooms with a greater range than this, because the design technology simple wasn't up to it in the FD era, however, long primes are worth looking at

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Thanks for all your help guys.


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User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

Colin

How about a Used Canon Fd 100-300mm f/5.6 lens. Is this something you would avoid?

Thanks!

[Edited 2004-08-23 16:45:33]


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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 740 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

The 100-300 is certainly worth looking at - in referring to the range of the zoom I really meant the range of focal lengths covered. 100-300 is a fairly modest 3x range, and in an "easy to design" focal range. Lens ranging beyond 3x get a bit dodgy.

F5.6 is a little on the darkside by current standards, but this is offset by smaller size and price.

Having said all that, if I were re-equipping with FD glass, I think I would go for the 70-210 zoom, and look at a prime 300mm or 400mm - Sigma made some excellent long primes for FD, and these should be a real bargain second hand.

This is an area where scanning the local smallads can reap rewards - I've often seen entire FD outfits being sold for stupid prices (probably the result of an attic clearout by a non-photographer).

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Thanks for the help Colin!


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