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Zoom lens help, please!!!!!
I've posted a few different questions in this forum and I am hoping that this question will have enough information to find out exactly what I am trying to figure out. I have been taking pictures for many years, but until very recently, I've been wanting to improve it from "picture taking" to "photgraphing", if that makes any sense. I bought a Canon XTi and have been using a smaller lens from my Canon Elan IIe that has work okay. My Quantarray lens 70-300 doesn't seem to work with the camera and I would really like to get an inexpensive zoom lens that could do justice for my camera. I've gotten a recommendation for a Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 that I can get shipped to me for $140. As much as I would like to invest in an expensive fast lens(2.8), for my purposes, it doesn't seem rational to spend $600 on a lens when I spent that much on the body itself. Can anyone give me any suggestions on what is the best quality zoom lens to get for under $200 and up to 300mm?..

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I too have heard the Tamron 70-300 is a decent lens for the price. I am looking to get one myself...

Comment #1

Cjowens wrote:.

I've been wanting to improve it from"picture taking" to "photgraphing".

You don't need a lens, you need a class! Check out local art schools, commnity colleges, high schools, etc. You should be able to find a night course for $200 or so..

I would really like to get an inexpensive zoomlens that could do justice for my camera..

Save your money, learn photography, then figure out what you really need. No sense spending $150 on a lens that may or may not do what you want..

It doesn't seemrational to spend $600 on a lens when I spent that much on the bodyitself..

It's quite rational. There's very little difference between the sensor in the XTi and 40D. Image quality is the same. If you don't need the features that the 40D has over the XTi, it makes sense to buy the XTi and have more money left over for lenses..

Can anyone give me any suggestions on what is the bestquality zoom lens to get for under $200 and up to 300mm?.

Used Canon 100-300mm USM. Typically under $200. Check keh.com..

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Comment #2

Cjowens wrote:.

It doesn't seemrational to spend $600 on a lens when I spent that much on the bodyitself..

The lens has a greater impact on image quality than the camera body. A $1500 lens on a $500 body will produce much better results than a $200 lens on an $8000 body...

Comment #3

Imac is giving good advice..

The truth is that bodies come and go, but a lens is like a marriage. You will have it for a long time, so, if you are interested in becoming a "photographer", you must begin to think that good glass is the most important factor in your efforts..

You will be far better served with one good lens that two or three weak lenses. Generally, zoom lenses that span more than about 3X have compromises in their design that are not good for image quality..

As you progress with your photography, you will come to understand that fast lenses are vital. There is a reason professional photographers spend large amounts of money to get one or two f-stops more speed. Fast zooms are f2.8 and that should be very important to you. Fast primes are faster (and cheaper than fast zooms) and they are often able to provide the very best image quality. You should consider primes if your budget is limited, or you want the fastest and best quality. A good prime for experimenting would be the standard 50mm for your camera.



Generally, again, you cannot have cheap and good lenses, especially zooms. You need to decide about just how much you want to "improve it from "picture taking" to "photgraphing". If you are serious, don't buy any lens that will prove to be the limiting factor for you..

I have lost money selling a lens I bought because it was cheaper than the one I knew was the very best solution for me, so that I could finally buy the one I should have bought in the first place. Cheap lenses are too expensive for anyone on a budget..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #4

Aletheia wrote:.

Cheap lenses are too expensive for anyone on a budget..

LOL... great quote..

Comment #5

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Aletheia wrote:.

Cheap lenses are too expensive for anyone on a budget..

LOL... great quote.

Haha, loved it!..

Comment #6

IMO, the best bang for your buck in an inexpensive zoom is the Sigma 70-300mm APO. Don't confuse with the non-APO version which looks the same, except the APO version has a red ring around the lens barrel. The non-APO version is OK at best, the APO version is much better.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com..

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