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Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 7:11 am

Hi guys,
I am looking for a 400mm autofocas (Cannon preferably) lense for my Cannon EOS300. It already has a 75-300 USM lense but i would like the added benifit of maybe a 200-400mm? if there is such a thing. Now here comes the drawback i have a maximum budget of £500 Pounds sterling (about $740 USD)
The situations for using the camera will be for aircraft movements/takeoff/landing etc. I am looking for a lense that will give me clear, and crisp pictures.
Any help you can give me would be greatley appreciated as i'm not exactley a genious when it comes to cameras.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Looking foreward to hearing your recomendations.

Sincerely
Dan
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 6:17 pm

Hi Craig,
Yeah that Sigma 170-500mm looks pretty nice for the price. I might wait a few more weeks and check that one out.
Any ideas what its like for aviation photography and if you really need a tri-pod for it, as most of my work is done by hand held.?

many thanks
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Dan
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 7:05 pm

Dan...i wasn't aware that you had an EOS 300?  Big grin
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 8:05 pm

No tripod necessary for the Sigma 170-500, unless you are shooting in low light conditions, then I would recommend a mono or tripod.

When I bought mine about 2 years ago, I had to get used to the weight, shooting hand held now not a problem at all.

As for the image quality, well not bad , of course you cannot compare it to the big players "prime lenses" but for the money a good buy.

If you like to see some example, check out the work of myself, Gary Watt, Andrew Hunt and I believe Paul Dopson.

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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 8:10 pm

I think a fixed focal length second hand Canon EF 400 f/5.6L moves in your price range. You would definately get much better quality out of that lense than those Sigma (or Canon) zooms.

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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 11:02 pm

No problems hand holding the 500mm, and it is not too heavy considering it is 500mm. Only 1.3kg if I remember correctly. I tend to hold by the lens hood for extra stability.
Try this example below.
http://www.pbase.com/image/2581845/original
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 11:53 pm

I'm a bit torn between the Sigma 170-500mm, and a Canon EF 400 f/5.6L. But i have a question: what is the differance between a "fixed 400mm" and a 170-500mm? is it that the fixed 400mm stays at 400mm and you cant adjust the zoom rate at all?

Loking foreward to your replys.
Thanks
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Dan

PS-Shaun: just looking into a few things  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Tue Jun 18, 2002 11:56 pm

Exactly: 400mm fixed means it IS 400. no zoom.

Usually it gives better optics.

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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:26 am

So, basically, it's image quality vs. versatility. Your choice.

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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 2:12 am

I think for a "beginner" it might be beneficial to have " versatility" rather than the quality. No doubt most fixed lenses are better in quality, although I have to say the Sigma is a fine lens, never let me down, only in low light at 500mm f6.3 problems have occured.

But this is the price you pay

Sigma 170-500 for about USD 600
vs.
Nikon / Canon 400mm f2.8 or 500mm f4 for USD 8000.

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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Wed Jun 19, 2002 7:34 pm

The Sigma 400mm APO is a superb lens, and should be in your price range 2nd hand. As you already have a zoom for 75-300, getting a zoom which overlaps into this range does seem a bit redundant - I'd go for the image quality.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Thu Jun 20, 2002 7:12 am

I understand this, but i am interested in getting shots whihc a 300mm/400mm cant quite reach, that a 500mm would. Hmmm decisions. How much would the fixed 400mm be? and would it have the fittings to go on the Canon EOS 300 series?
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RE: Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?

Thu Jun 20, 2002 9:46 am

Well, your doing well Dan  Smile She's sitting here next to me crying at the thought of leaving me  Laugh out loud but then again, i dont blame her look who she's going too  Big grin
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