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User currently offlineSXM93 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Dec 2008, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 7281 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, 4650 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 7264 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 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

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

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 7179 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, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 7130 times:

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


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User currently offlineVishaljo From India, joined Aug 2006, 446 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 7080 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, 1362 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 7051 times:

100-400mm L IS Hands down...

Cal  airplane 



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4650 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 7040 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, 348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 7035 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 4 months ago) and read 7034 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, 4650 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months ago) and read 7027 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: 47
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months ago) and read 7018 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 4 months ago) and read 7014 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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