Zoom Lens

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    I currently have a Canon EOS 400D and a 18-200mm lens, over the weekend, I saw a deer and it was just too far away to get a proper pic, the 200mm was just too short.

    I know the cost of lenses can be whatever you can afford, but, does anyone know of a 'reasonable' lens that one can use that is not going to break the bank?
     
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    You could always move a bit closer:Smile: seriously how often would you need a lens over 200. The quality will be crap and by the time you find somewhere to steady it the deer will have gone. I use the digital on my vid cam for the occasional long shot.:thumb:
     
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    £639.00 jesus mate i would get a professional to take me pics for less :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I have the sigma 120-400.

    Too heavy to carry round much.

    If the subject is at a distance it will still not be that big.

    The great wildlife shots you see are generally taken from a hide that allows you to get closer.

    I have had a couple of good shots with it.

    Would I buy one again .... NO!!! :RollEyes:
     
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    Good quality lenses cost money. Your best choice would be the L series Canon 100-400 mm zoom, a superb lens, but if you're only taking the occasional long shot it's not worth spending that sort of money (around £1300 :Eek!:) So I would recommend the Canon 70-300mm lens which come in much cheaper. Don't consider it purely as a "long lens," this size is great for birds etc. Take a look at the listing below: This is from Ffordes of Beauly, up here beyond Inverness. A top quality firm that holds a huge range of used equipment with a useful guide as to the condition of the lens (from "shows signs of use" to "mint" at the other end). Stick with Canon if you can, don't be tempted by the cheaper lenses, though Sigma are probably the pick of these as an alternative. This list is for the Canon EOS fit.

    http://www.ffordes.com/category/Lens...ssion=ItemName
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    I sold a 300mm telephoto which got no real use because it was so big and heavy. I bought this lens http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-70-30...sr=8-11&keywords=zoom+lenses+for+canon+eos+IS I can hand hold it at 300mm and get very acceptable shots. It really is superb.

    If you want a really long lens for occasional use in good light, then look at a 500mm or 800mm mirror lens, £120 will get you a good one and they can be fun to play with:thumb:
     
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    What's with the double posts on this thread?

    What's with the double posts on this thread?
     
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    what's a mirror lens ??
     
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    from somewhere on the web...

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    cheers Jim
     
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    With reference to the opening post.... photographing deer ... a mirror lens is not at all suitable!! The depth of field is extremely shallow, such that its usefulness is very limited, and certainly cannot be used with any accuracy on anything that is moving. Having said that, it can produce some interesting results on fixed subjects - plants or flowers for instance. Get your subject in sharp focus and the background will be fuzzed out and adorned with miniature 'doughnuts' of light, a product of the mirror lens. Quite 'arty' in fact with the right subject. Their usefulness is reflected in the fact that they can be picked up second-hand very very cheaply.

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    bought my Canon EF 90-300 lens second hand from Jessops a few years ago.....£99

    works perfect :thumb:
     
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    From my experience...

    If you have a 200mm lens, the next thing you see will require a 300mm lens.
    If you have a 300mm lens, the next thing you see will require a 500mm lens...
    etc etc

    I have a panasonic lumix with 16 x Optical zoom - equiv to 28 - 270mm lens

    It fits in my pocket and I carry it everywhere. Sure , occasionally its not up to the job. But I wouldnt carry an SLR with 3 or 4 lenses everywhere (and a tripod, remote release etc etc)!

    Specialist lenses require a specialist need - If you are a twitcher and spend lots of time waiting for the right shot - its worth carrying and buying the equipment. If its occasional use - Dont

    Just an opinion.....:thumb:
     
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    I went down this road but with my Nikon D40 and 55-200 lens.i elected to do a saturday birdwatch with the rspb earlier this year.From about 40 foot the birds were too small and even with a steady shot not good enough when blown up.I got some software to control the camera through a usb connection.Using the 0-28m lens I placed it close to where the birds were feeding and they got used to it.Then I could do a remote connect to that laptop from my other one indoors and click away .Cheap and for me very satisfied with the results.
     

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    You could consider a Tamron 70 - 300, they can be had with or without stabiliser and have a macro setting which is good fun. But like Jim said, Canon glass is superb, just bl......y expensive......but then you're rich aren't you? :RollEyes:
     
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    Shiftzz there you go mate no money spent


    Google search images deer
     
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    I have a canon ef 75-300mm but with no IS so at 300mm you really need for it to be on a tripod.Ive only used it a couple of times, one being on Loch ness and shooting stuff on the other side of the Loch.Takes a nice picture and was reasonably priced if i remember and would probably be alot cheaper now.Alway nice to keep though.

    Just looked on amazon and you can pick one up for £150.
     
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