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Offline IncaVic

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Good value zoom lens
« on: February 20, 2013, 02:35:26 AM »
Hi

I am an amateur photographer and am seeking advice on what zoom lens might offer best value.

I have been using the standard Canon 550D EFS 18=55mm lens with good results but am finding limitations with wildlife – I am in Australia for several months.

What might be a good zoom lens to get but which is good value -perhaps up to 300mm. Budget up to £400 or equivalent. 

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

IncaVic

Offline drzenitram

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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 05:47:03 AM »
for that amount of money you could get a sigma 120-400 OS used. it's pretty sharp, it would give you about 8x more zoom than the kit lens and it comes with image stabilization.

the next best bet would likely be a canon 70-300 IS(non L), which you could get for under your budget, and if you buy one used you'd only use about half your budget.

one more option that doesn't give you as much zoom, but gives the best image quality would be the 70-200 f4(non IS), which you can get for right around your budget new, and for less if you buy used.

lastly, the budget route would be a 55-250 IS, which is a decent lens that pairs up with your kit lens. it's about the same quality optics, same build quality, but gives you a lot of extra reach. you can get one of these for less than half your budget brand new and even less if you go used.
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 06:52:02 AM »
I'd highly recommend the 55-250 IS mentioned last in that list. It pairs with the kit lens nicely. I would say that along with the 50mm f1.8 its the best lens £ for £.

Ive moved onto L lenses since then but still keep that lens and take it with me when weight or space is at a premium.
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 07:44:00 AM »
The 55-250 IS "kit" lens is definitely best value because it's mass produced.

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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 09:19:49 AM »
The 55-250 IS "kit" lens is definitely best value because it's mass produced.

I will 3rd the kit 55-250.  For the money its a very nice lens.
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 12:08:15 PM »
not to TRY to get him to spend more money, but his budget is up to 400 gbp and the 55-250 is only 135 gbp. The 55-250 might be very good "bang for the buck" and is also very lightweight, it's not the best wildlife lens he can get for his budget.


however, with the money you save you could invest in a nice tripod or monopod, maybe even something carbon fiber that would be easy to carry around while shooting wildlife.
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 01:01:03 PM »
Do we know if IncaVic is buying the lens in the UK, or in Australia? His statement "I am in Australia for several months" leads me to believe he is currently there, and looking to buy the lens in Australia... That will definitely have an effect on the lenses available in his budget.
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 01:06:57 PM »
Good question, I don't know anything about buying lenses in Australia. Anyone here an Aussie?
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 08:56:40 PM »
did a little research, apparently the tamron 70-300 VC is a much better lens than the canon 70-300 IS for the same price(or a little less), so if you want a 70-300 and can get the tamron, I'd go that route.
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 02:14:06 PM »
Good question, I don't know anything about buying lenses in Australia. Anyone here an Aussie?


Generally speaking, buying anything in Australia is  expensive compared to much of the world.

Like this, for example: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/14/its-cheaper-to-fly-to-the-us-to-buy-adobe-cs6-than-to-buy-it-in-australia/
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 02:34:58 PM »
Good question, I don't know anything about buying lenses in Australia. Anyone here an Aussie?


Generally speaking, buying anything in Australia is  expensive compared to much of the world.

Like this, for example: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/14/its-cheaper-to-fly-to-the-us-to-buy-adobe-cs6-than-to-buy-it-in-australia/

Not entirely - some companies have completely screwed up pricing structures and this sort of thing happens, but just having a look at a few electronics etc, Aussie isn't badly priced - and if you don't mind going gray-market, you can get them even cheaper again (due to it's proximity to Asia, like NZ, it has a HUGE cheap gray market compared with most other places around the world).


I mean The US is usually the best priced in the world, but you also have to take into account that the OP is either in Aus or is currently in the UK and the UK has pretty terrible prices for electronics... So even if Australia is more expensive than say the US where most of you come from - that is completely irrelevant, as the only two markets that we need to compare are the UK and Aus.


To be fair - if the OP is only in Aus for a few months and will be returning to the UK, there is virtually no reason to buy genuine imported Aus stuff when you can get parallel imported stuff for so much less (although this is another topic altogether - ie what people think about the gray market)...
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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2013, 03:25:45 PM »
Good question, I don't know anything about buying lenses in Australia. Anyone here an Aussie?


Generally speaking, buying anything in Australia is  expensive compared to much of the world.

Like this, for example: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/14/its-cheaper-to-fly-to-the-us-to-buy-adobe-cs6-than-to-buy-it-in-australia/

Not entirely - some companies have completely screwed up pricing structures and this sort of thing happens, but just having a look at a few electronics etc, Aussie isn't badly priced - and if you don't mind going gray-market, you can get them even cheaper again (due to it's proximity to Asia, like NZ, it has a HUGE cheap gray market compared with most other places around the world).


I mean The US is usually the best priced in the world, but you also have to take into account that the OP is either in Aus or is currently in the UK and the UK has pretty terrible prices for electronics... So even if Australia is more expensive than say the US where most of you come from - that is completely irrelevant, as the only two markets that we need to compare are the UK and Aus.


To be fair - if the OP is only in Aus for a few months and will be returning to the UK, there is virtually no reason to buy genuine imported Aus stuff when you can get parallel imported stuff for so much less (although this is another topic altogether - ie what people think about the gray market)...


Good info I was in a UPS store about a month ago and someone was shipping a Mac to aus cause it was a lot cheaper. I guess she paid like $1200 in shipping so I don't imagine it would be that much more when you factor in shipping had nothing to do with the problem but now I know why she shipped it

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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013, 04:50:40 PM »
Hi Folks

Thanks for all the great info you have offered. I am actually in Oz, travelling around until September when I return to the Uk. One can get the lenses suggested and the prices don't look too bad compared with UK. I will make a decision in a day or two and let everyone know what I get.

Thanks again.

IncaVic

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Re: Good value zoom lens
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2013, 10:41:35 PM »
I Use the Canon 55-250mm and am Very happy with it..... Moonshot with crop...November 2012
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