User Tag List

Thanks useful information Thanks useful information:  0
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Budget Zoom Lens?

  1. #1
    Member Vogue's Avatar
    Join Date
    21 Oct 2013
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Budget Zoom Lens?

    Hi all,
    I have a 1100d with 18-55mm kit lens and a 50mm 1.8. I am after a lens with more reach than the 55mm.
    Will be used for outdoor photo's of my 5 yr old and general travel.
    Now the problem is i only have a max of $500 to spend and while i know if i spend more i will get a much better lens $500 is all i have to spend.

    A few options i came up with are:
    Canon 55-250 f4-5.6 is stm
    Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 is usm
    Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 di vc usd
    Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 dg os

    Any suggestions???
    I have no plans to upgrade to a FF so ef-s lens are fine

  2. #2
    Member adza's Avatar
    Join Date
    15 Sep 2013
    Location
    Western Victoria
    Posts
    70
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've used the 55-250 and was quite happy with the result for the price. I've heard that the 70-300 can be softer, but not sure.

    Can't comment on the Tamron or Sigma sorry. Hopefully some others here might be able to assist.

    The 55-250 comes with kits, so it's possible you may be able to pick up a 'white box' version, or a brand new one that someone bought in a kit that doesn't want for a reasonable price.

  3. #3
    Member Fruengalli's Avatar
    Join Date
    20 Mar 2013
    Location
    Stormy North Coast
    Posts
    356
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I started out with the kit 55-250 & was more than happy with the results.BUT I moved on & got a 70-200 F4 IS (which I will never sell) & it's a major step up but outside your budget. BUT I have seen on a certain on line auction place 70-200 NON IS for just a little more than your budget.Check the reviews. Both of these are right up there on Canons list of very sharp lenses.

  4. #4
    Fishy bricat's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Apr 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    747
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had the 55-250 IS lens (not STM) which sells with one of the sponsors for around $100.00 I found this lens to be quite good. If I were to chose from your options above I would go for the extra reach of the 70-300 IS lens. I am not familiar with this lens just the extra reach will come in handy. And at around $300.00 is well within your budget. I have bought from O/S many times and have not been disappointed. Cheers Brian PS The 55-250 IS STM is about $400.00 and quotes as being good for video if this is what you want to shoot.
    Cheers Brian. Canon 7D Kit lenses EFS 18-55 IS EFS 55-250 IS EF28-90 Canon EF 2xll Extender Sigma DG150-500 OS Speedlight 420EX

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    27 Jan 2013
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    129
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In my opinion the Tamron 70 -300 you listed looks very good on paper and would be the lens I would try if buying. I unfortunately have no hands on experience with it to know any more. I would also steer you towards a Canon 70 - 200 lens are they are top grade. I have the 70 -200 F4L IS USM and it's amazing.(but out of your budget I now)

  6. #6
    Ausphotography Regular crafty1tutu's Avatar
    Join Date
    15 Jan 2010
    Location
    Seven Hills
    Posts
    1,791
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just purchased a Tamron 28-300 lens to use with my new FF Canon 5D Mk III as my favourite walk around lens (and travel lens) (Canon EF-s 18-200 3.5 lens) didn't fit the FF camera. I did search for a Canon lens with a similar range, but had no success and then someone mentioned the Tamron 28-300 lens. From what I have seen, the quality of the photos is really good and I am sure I will be happy with it when I travel again. I am pretty sure it will also fit crop sensor cameras and feel that it would be a great all purpose lens for what you have in mind.

  7. #7
    Member michaellxv's Avatar
    Join Date
    25 Jan 2013
    Location
    Seacombe Gardens
    Posts
    246
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I went through a similar search a few months ago and ended up with the Tamron 70-300 as one came up locally second hand for a reasonable price. I haven't had a lot of time to take it out but so far I am happy with my progress with it.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    02 Sep 2010
    Location
    near Toowoomba
    Posts
    344
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i have a tamron 70-300 ( the older version ) its useless.
    I have heard the new version is much better.
    unfortunately the Canon 70-200mm f4L starts around $620 or so from what i have seen.
    these reviews might help you decide on what your after.....

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...s-Reviews.aspx
    50D, 50 f/1.8, 24-105L, 70-200L f/2.8 IS 11, Understanding Wife
    Photos - Panoramio - Flickr -

    A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. - John Barrymore -

  9. #9
    Arch-Σigmoid Ausphotography Regular ameerat42's Avatar
    Join Date
    18 Sep 2009
    Location
    Nthn Sydney
    Posts
    14,873
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Vogue.
    I have the Σ lens you mention. I was happy with it until I got the all-rounder 50-500. Just extra "r" on each end, you know.
    But it's massive, and not a walkaround.
    A friend has a Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 LD Tele-M macro (1:2). It's about <= 10 years old. I have used it and found it to be quite OK,
    with little distortion and CA that I could see.

    I do not know about other brands. You will have to research them.
    Am.
    CC, Image editing OK.

  10. #10
    New Member Ahyao17's Avatar
    Join Date
    03 Jul 2013
    Location
    Maroubra
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am in the same boat, except my budget is about $300-400

    From my research, it seems the 55-250mm STM have improved image quality than the 55-250mm IS II and is pretty much on par (some say better) with the canon 70-300 IS USM but price-wise these two are similar. The 70-300 IS USM is a much older lens but it is FF compatible whereas the 55-250mm STM is not. Build quality-wise the 70-300mm is much better (metal connector vs plastic connector).

    Tamrom 70-300 VC version apparently is better than the other zoom lens you listed and is FF compatible. If you have the budget go for this.

    I am personally still undecided, since the 55-250mm IS II can be bought for fairly cheap brand new and I dont know if I will use zoom lens that much. Perhaps I will hunt around for a second hand canon 70-300L or 70-200mm F4L which fall in the price range, but then again, wishful thinking.
    Last edited by Ahyao17; 29-01-2014 at 9:11am.

  11. #11
    Today may be the day, Or not !
    Join Date
    31 Jul 2010
    Location
    Perth Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    3,694
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Personally, I'd wait and save a few extra bucks and get the Canon 70 - 200mm F4 L and a Third party (kenko or the like) 1.4TC.

    The Tele Convertor will work, but the F-Stop will go out to minimum F5.6. This will give you focal reach at the long end of 280 MM at F5.6, you will need to play with your ISO setting (Increase It Slighty) for better light capture, but the lens is far superior than any other on your list, and second hand they're going for just over your bracket.

    Hit Gumtree and the likes, Camera Supermarket and so forth every day.

    Or not >>
    They call me "Blue" it's a red head thing.
    "My Flickr Site"
    Canon Bodies - 1DMk2N + 50D - Lenses - 17-35mm F2.8 L - 24-70mm F2.8 L - 70-200mm F2.8 L - 300mm F4 IS L - Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 - Sigma 10-20mm
    " I Never get tired of looking at our diverse country, even if its through the lens of someone else".
    CC is always appreciated.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •