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Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:42 pm

Dear all,
Could you please suggest which lens is more suitable for Canon D550? Distance to runway from different angles is between 200-400 meters. Did anyone use Canon 70-200mm 4.0 L non-IS?
Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:46 pm

The Canon EF70-200 f/4 L is a fabulous and very popular lens, however I doubt it'll be much good if your subjects are 200-400m away. You should look at a Sigma 50-500, 120-400 or the venerable EF100-400.

Another option is the 70-200 + 1.4x Extender.

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Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:50 pm

Thanks for advice Karl. What is your opinion about SIGMA? I heard they dark.
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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:33 pm

Hi , i started out with Sigma Ex's and was/am very impressed with them to be honest .

I had 100-300mm f4
70-200mm f2.8

People argue you should go to Canon & rubbish Sigma , but i can honestly say for the price without going crazy Canon price they are absolutely perfect ... The EX range that is.

Crisp sharp & bright images ...

Very very impressive .
 
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Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:03 pm

Quoting yerbol (Reply 2):
What is your opinion about SIGMA?

If you do a search of the forum for Sigma, inparticularly 50-500, you'll find many posts and opinions about them. Same if you search for 100-400 from Canon. I've been using the 50-500 for over 5 years and for the money, it's versitility is hard to beat. It's not a lens you can just use though, it takes some getting used to and you need good photographic technique to get the best from it. Once you've mastered it though and work within it's limitation, it'll probably suit your needs well. What aircraft are you planning on photographing? 200-400m is a long way to shoot with any lens and atmospheris conditions will come in to play over that distance. Heat haze, humidity and visibility will all impact on the quality of your photos at that distance. You may stuggle to get good results over that distance unless you have the atmospheric conditions to suit. Shooting a 747 at 400mm might be doable but anything smaller than a 737 will be difficult.

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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:30 pm

Hi Darren,
thanks for advise! I'll check SIGMA 50-500 and will tell you my view  
now i am using 28-135mm IS USM and it is OK for shots at 200-400 meters but it is short when you want to photo aircraft on runway or during take-off. Therefore I am looking for something what can give me good sharp clear picture on far distance, let's say 400 meters and more.

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Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:38 pm

The new Canon EF 70-300 4-5,6 L IS lens gives a nice zoom range with perhaps the best quality available in such a lens.
747-400/747-200/L1011/DC-10/DC-9/DC-8/MD-80/MD90/A340/A330/A300/A310/A321/A320/A319/767/757/737/727/HS-121/CV990/CV440/S
 
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Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:21 pm

Quoting navigator (Reply 6):
The new Canon EF 70-300 4-5,6 L IS lens gives a nice zoom range with perhaps the best quality available in such a lens

But as has been said before, unless weather sealing is essential, you may as well spend less and buy the venerable (and extensively proven) 100-400L.

Not without its faults but surely the more worthwhile option overall?

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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:02 am

Thanks to all! advices are noted. I thihk I have to check few lens before I go for one of them. I have a sympothy to Canon 70-200mm 4.0 L non-IS as it is from L-series and got a permanent AV 4.0. I personally like clear photos with details.
And once we here talking about lens please advise which wide-angle is more useful for Canon EOS 550D.

Happy New Year to all! We getting closer  
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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:18 am

Quoting yerbol (Reply 8):
And once we here talking about lens please advise which wide-angle is more useful for Canon EOS 550D.

It depends on how wide you want to go. If you want an ultra-wide, something like the Sigma 10-20 EX or Canon 10-22mm are excellent. If that's a little too wide for your needs, the Canon 17-40 L or Sigma 17-70, Canon 24-105 f/4 L. There's plenty of options, it all depends on your budget and what focal lengths you want.

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Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:28 pm

Thanks Darren! Ultra wide nit now, may be later. I guess 17-40 Sigma ok for me.
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Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:01 am

I borrowed a Canon 70-200L non-IS from a friend recently and took it for a photo-shoot at a little GA fly-in. I was absolutely blown away by the lens' sharpness, and the lack of IS didn't seem to be a problem, but 200mm is a little too short for me, so I ended up buying a Canon 100-400L.

Another option is the Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM. It is about a third of the price of a Canon 100-400, has a decent range and the image quality is quite good. I've been using one of them for over three years.

I've had mixed experiences with Sigma lenses. The 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 Macro (non-DC) that I've had for a couple of years, is excellent, I' am very impressed with the image quality it delivers. The wide angle zoom 10-20 proved a bit of a disappointment.

As for the wide angle lens - 17mm is not enough for an EF camera, IMHO. Sigma 10-20 or Canon 10-22 seem much better options. I am currently using Sigma 10-20; it is okay, but not great. There is plenty of good feedback on this lens on the net, I must just have a bad copy. Looking at exchanging it for Canon 10-22 in near future.

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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:41 pm

Dear Andrey,
what is the price for Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM?
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Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:52 pm

Quoting yerbol (Reply 12):
what is the price for Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM?

If you do a search on the internet, I'm sure you'll find the price local to you. It's about £350 in the UK.

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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:13 am

Quoting yerbol (Reply 12):
what is the price for Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS USM?

It depends very much on where you will buy the lens. In Australia you can currently get one for about A$650 (Australian dollar is now almost equal to US$). If you have access to Ebay, you can get one for around 550.

It is always safer to buy from a local dealer; less trouble with warranty service, and you can always exchange a bad one.

Something I should mention about this particular lens - it is quite sharp between 70 to 250; between 250 and 300 it is fairly soft, so if you are planning on shooting mostly at full zoom, it will be a litlle hard to get image quality acceptable here on A.net.

Andrei

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RE: Best Zoom Lens For Canon EOS 550D

Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:34 am

Darren, Andrey,
thanks for advise!
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