QFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
I will be purchasing a Canon EOS 350D before I head o/s again. The offers Canon have here are either with a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens or a EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM lens. I would appreciate advise which lens would be the better one.
If I can finish my business early, I may be at LHR on the 25th Sept if anyones up for some spotting...
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
Even though the 75-300 is fairly soft at the long end, sometimes you need to be out at 300mm. I have the lens and almost all of my shots have been taken with it. I think you'll be able to use it in more situations than the 55-200. Ask yourself, how many times would you need to be down to 55 vs. 75, and out to 300 vs. 200. I think that question will help.
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
Depending on how you shoot will your lens choice make. I've used the 75-300 no IS or USM in the past and have gotten fairly decent results with it, Canon's 70-200 f/4L is unbeatable in terms of quality and price. If it's the longer end you want, you might want to consider the Sigma 80-400 OS, 50-500 HSM, or Canon's 100-400L IS USM. The two sigmas run at USD 999.00, while Canon's 100-400 runs at around 1300 USD, all being superb lenses.
Basically at your early stage of DSLR ownership I'd say go with Canon's 75-300, and if you don't like it or want to upgrade, there's always E-bay.