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Best Telephoto Zoom Lens For Spotting  
User currently offlineSXM93 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Dec 2008, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7990 times:

I currently have a Canon 450D with 55-250mm IS telephoto lens. Is this sufficient for spotting planes (mostly in SXM) or do i need to buy a more powerful lens? If so please recommend some lenses that won't cost me an arm and a leg....  Smile thanks

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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4720 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7973 times:

At SXM I'd say the 55mm is a lot, I would say some wide angle glass would be nice.

Perhaps the Canon 18-55 IS is a cheap option.



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User currently offlineSXM93 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Dec 2008, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7933 times:

thats the kit lens it came with..... thanks anyways

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7888 times:

There is the EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM lens - a very big super-zoom. Expensive as well.

Does anyone here actually use it - or has used it? I imagine it's probably a lot like the Sigma 50-500mm superzoom in terms of handling and operation.


User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7839 times:

Don't people shoot with 15-18mm in SXM?


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User currently offlineVishaljo From India, joined Aug 2006, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7789 times:

if its SXM then i'd say Canon EF-S 10-22mm would be the best thing to have on a Canon camera.
About the 55-250, i have it & its a really good lens.

[Edited 2008-12-20 07:50:10]

User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7760 times:

100-400mm L IS Hands down...

Cal  airplane 



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4720 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7749 times:



Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 6):
100-400mm L IS Hands down...

at SXM? Are you serious?



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User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 359 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7744 times:

My most used lenses at SXM are the 24-105F4L and 10-22. I've used my 70-200 on occassion for some approach shots but not often.
100-400 can actually be quite useful for departures as the aircraft climb out and make the right hand turn.



James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlineDsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7743 times:

At SXM, I have only needed two lenses:

Canon 10-22mm (beach)
Canon 24-105mm IS (ground)

The 10-22 is a fun lens to own (not just for Maho). The only problem is, with a 1.6x crop factor, you lose a lot of the benefits of owning this lens. Anyone who owns a 5D/DII or 1-series body knows what I mean, but, it's the best you can do without going fisheye.

If you cannot afford the price of the Canon lens, the Sigma 10-20 is a very good lens as well, it just suffers a little more CA than the Canon counterpart.



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4720 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7736 times:



Quoting Dsmav8r (Reply 9):

The 10-22 is a fun lens to own (not just for Maho). The only problem is, with a 1.6x crop factor, you lose a lot of the benefits of owning this lens. Anyone who owns a 5D/DII or 1-series body knows what I mean, but, it's the best you can do without going fisheye.

I would like to see you fit that 10-22 on a 5D or 1D...



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7727 times:



Quoting JRadier (Reply 10):
I would like to see you fit that 10-22 on a 5D or 1D...

fitting is not the problem, getting off maybe one........ Big grin Big grin


User currently offlineDSMav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7723 times:



Quoting JRadier (Reply 10):
I would like to see you fit that 10-22 on a 5D or 1D...

No thanks, mounts scuffs are not sexy.  Smile



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