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Need Help Buying Telephoto Lenses

Mon Aug 21, 2000 12:25 am

I am currently shopping around for a telephoto lens, and I feel rather overwelmed. I really don't want to spend a fortune on it, and $150-300 should be ok. I am not sure what qualities I need to look for, or what brand to choose. Also, I am new at photography, so I am unfamiliar with many of the terms listed under the different lenses, i.e., Sigma - AF 28-105mm f/ 2.8-4 Canon EOS. What does some of that stuff mean? Does anyone have any suggestions? I am looking for a good quality lens without breaking my wallet. I want to be able to be fairly far from the aircraft, yet still zoom in and produce excellent photos.
Please be patient with me, I am new at this!! Thanks a lot!
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RE: Need Help Buying Telephoto Lenses

Mon Aug 21, 2000 1:21 am

for basic terms such as aperture size (2.8-4 in your message) and focal lenght (28-105mm, since you mentioned a zoom lense), read the stuff at .

For $300 I'd recommend you to visit Ebay and search for various EF (Canon EOS mount) lenses. Even the cheapes Canon lens have a good quality and you really get what you pay for. You can even get 80-200mm 2.8-4 L lense for that money I think (L series have much higher contrast, resolving power and resolution than 'basic' (non-L) lenses).

I personally use EOS-3 body with 50/1.4, 28-70/2.8L and 70-200/2.8L lenses (I have this system for about a week now   and I can just say that I don't regret paying big money for this (I will be taking pictures for Adria Airways and Solinair, plus various other customers).

Email me with some further question (after you read the basic stuff at  

I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.

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