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Canon 350D....which Zoom To Buy?  
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3991 times:
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I am planning on asking one of the SAA crew to bring me a 350D from New York, probably from B & H. Now, I would like to get an additional zoom as well, and from my experience with my Minolta X-700 something in the line of 70-300 will meet my needs.

However, on the website http://www.bhphoto.com there are so many derivatives of this zoom that I don't know where to start. They have:

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS Image Stabilizer USM $ 1,099.95
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS Image Stabilizer USM $ 1,149.95
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 EF IS Image Stabilizer USM $ 399.95
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 EF IS Image Stabilizer USM $ 414.95
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III $ 149.95
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III $ 159.95
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM $ 174.95
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM $ 189.95

For each lens there is an "imported" and "USA" derivative, the USA being the more expensive. This is going to be a purely hobby camera so the first two lenses aren't an option based on the price, but what can anyone advise about the others?

ps anyone wanna buy my X-700?  Smile


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User currently offlineAPFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3966 times:

why not go for a 70-200mm F4/L. Since you already get the added 1.6x due to the sensor size its not that far off and its a nice piece of glass

User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3969 times:

My original lens is the "Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 EF IS Image Stabilizer USM". This lens was Canon's first IS lens, and I believe justifies the additional cost (I love IS!).

The lens is a reasonable consumer lens. For best results, the aperture has to be stopped down to f8. Wide open, it produces a very soft result.

Pros:
* IS!!!
* Can produce good results when used correctly

Cons:
* Auto focus hunts, often enough to annoy
* Soft when using f4.0 through f8.0

Glenn Stewart



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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

I would also vote for the 70-200 f/4. Compared to some of those other lenses, you might be able to crop into about the equivalent of 250mm and get a better image than with those lenses.

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
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Thanks for the advice, I see there are a couple of 70-200 as well but I can't afford a grand for a lens so the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM seems to be the one to look at.


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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3871 times:

There is the f2.8 and the f4. I think he was talking about the f4. That runs around $500.

Thanks,

Matt



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User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

The 70-200 F4 is a great lens, but - dependant on what and where you shoot - you may find the 200mm limiting. Yes you can crop quite heavily, but that's bad practice. For shooting heavies at most airports I think you'd be okay. It's pretty good all the way down to F4, and is nice and stable due to it's weight.

The 75-300 IS seems like a great lens, and you get a good reach plus IS if that's important to you. Look for Paul Markman, Glenn Stewart, Justin Wood (earlier stuff), and Gary Watt for an idea of what it will do.


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User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

this is the one that you want. $569 grey market. The USA one only matters if you want the US warranty.

cheers,
Phil



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3838 times:
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Yeah Phil that is exactly the one I thought! Just need to make sure I can get the goods into SA without being nabbed by customs  Wink


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User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 5):
There is the f2.8 and the f4. I think he was talking about the f4. That runs around $500.

Why not consider Sigma 70-200 F2.8? You can get it for the price of Canon's F4.0 and the quality is outstanding.


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