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Canon Third Party Lenses

by tigger3370 / March 21, 2009 12:42 AM PDT

Hi. We looking for a couple of good lenses for our Canon XS. We've received some good suggestions for Canon brand lenses and were wondering if anyone could recommend any comparable third party lenses. The use and canon lenses suggested are listed below.

1. Lens for outdoor sports (Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS or non-IS)
2. Lens for wildlife (EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS)
3. Also need a suggestion for a indoor sports telephoto lens

Thanks for any help!

P.S. We already have the Canon 18-55 and 55-250 IS lenses.

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I can help
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / March 21, 2009 3:05 AM PDT

1. Outdoor sports- You really don't need an F2.8 lens for outdoor sports because of the amount of light there is. A 70-300IS USM will do the job in normal light.

2. Wildlife- The 100-400 is a great lens and any third party lens is much less of a lens.

3. This is where the 70-200 F2.8 would work. Sigma has a nice 70-200 F2.8 that is almost as fast focusing as the Canon, with only a little drop off in image quality.

You could get the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 and buy a 1.4x teleconverter for outdoor sports that will require a little bit longer reach. There are 2x converters that could be used for wildlife, but the image quality and focusing speed will drop considerably.

You might just look at renting a 100-400 lens when you go shooting wildlife, if you don't do it often. Also, you might also look at the 85 F1.8. The 85 might be needed for the indoor sports, but it depends on amount of light you have. High school gyms are hard even for an F2.8 lens.

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by tigger3370 / March 21, 2009 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: I can help

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to see if there is anywhere nearby, or nearby where we are going, that we can rent a 100-400. I'd thought about geting the 85 f1.8 but I've heard that is mainly good for shooting from the sidelines. I can't really shoot from the sidelines and I'm stuck with sitting in the stands at my daughter's basketball games.

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by tigger3370 / March 21, 2009 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: I can help

I saw that Tamron has a Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS. I was wondering if this is any good. The price seems way too low to be a good lens.

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short answer is no
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / March 21, 2009 7:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Tamron

Tamrons are good for image quality, but suffer a lot from slow focusing, which fast focusing is crucial for sports. Really the Canon 70-300IS USM isn't that much of an increase from your 55-250IS except it has a micro USM motor. The Sigma and Canon 70-200s have faster focusing than the 70-300USM because of a ring motor instead of a micro ring motor.

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Sport lenses
by hjfok / March 21, 2009 11:05 AM PDT

In broad daylight, lens speed is not an important factor. To freeze slow actions, you need about 1/500. Faster actions will need faster speed. The 70-300mm lens may be adequate in broad daylight, IS may not be a big factor if you are using fast speed. IS will be important if there is low light and you are using slower speed like 1/250 or slower. You can crank up the ISO to use faster speed, but this may increase digital noise. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L is a favorite for many who shoots outdoor in daylight. But for indoor sports, you will need the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens and it is superb. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 is a very good lens, but you may need a monopod or tripod when shooting indoor. The 85/1.8 lens is mainly for portraits. It is fast but 85mm is not adequate for sports, and f/1.8 has very shallow depth of field, and your subject of interest can easily gets out of focus. Hope this helps.

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Forgot to mention
by hjfok / March 21, 2009 11:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Sport lenses

If the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS is too expensive, there is the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L which is about $700 and is a superb lens.

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