Brick From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
I would tend to go for the longer lens. You won't necessarily need the f2.8 all the time, but you certainly will need the 500mm. Just my $0.02 though. If you tend to do dawn/dusk shots then go for speed. Otherwise I'd go for length.
AKE0404AR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
it all depends what kind of ground you want to cover and what you want to shoot.
You shoot @ CLT correct? Do you really need the 500mm or are 200mm enough? Me personally I did acutally go for the 500mm as with 200mm u can not do anything @BOS. What kind of 500mm do you have in mind?
If you really have the money ???? go with a 400mm F4 or 600mm F4 and then maybe a 2x teleconverter => nice range!!!
Usairways@clt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
I'm currently using Canon A2E along with a Tamron 70-300 4.5-5.6. My camera I think is great, but the lens doesn't give me the sharp picture that I like - but on the other hand, I am always whining about how I missed the perfect shot because it was too far.
300mm is suitable for some of the areas of shooting, but I just uncovered a goldmine of places where I would definitely need the extra length.
If you can hook me up with 7500 grand, by all means I'll go with your system.
I was thinking of a Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO HSM Auto Focus lens *or*
Sigma Zoom Normal-Tele 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO EX RF HSM Auto Focus Lens. Is this too slow?
Anything better and you are getting too expensive. Unless, you know of a lens I don't.
TOP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1984 times:
I have the canon 100-400mm IS USM lens and I'm very satisfied with it! f2,8 is nice but with a long range you can do much more than with a high speed. The Image Stabilisator reduces the vibration so that you don't get blurry pictures!
Ckw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1967 times:
After years of buying increasingly longer lenses (I got up to a 600mm Sigma), I sat down last year and worked out how many times I actually needed to use the long lens, and then how many GOOD shots I actually got. The answer was depressingly small. After a lot of thinking about how, where and when I take pics, I traded my 600mm and 400mm in against a 300mm f2.8 and 1.4x and 2x convertors.
I've found the 300 much more veratile than the longer lenses, and, by buying top quality lenses and convertors (Canon make), I can still get the longer reach when I really need it with no real noticable drop in quality.
Lawrence feir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
Go with the fast lens if you can afford it.
I shoot Canon equipment and my all time favorite lens is the 70-200, 2.8
It still takes wonderful shots with the Canon L1.4 teleconverter. This is the lens I shoot most of my air to air as well as ground to ground shots. It's great in low light and it's really sharp!
JayDavis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
I would go with a fast, zoom lense like
Lawrence recommended. I too have a Canon
70-200 2.8, along with the 2x converter.
So with using the converter, you get
140-400 5.6. I would go always with a faster
lense over the length. Plus with a 500mm, I
do not think you'll get a zoom capability. I
have shot a 500mm fixed lense before at a football
game and I didn't like not be able to zoom in and