A good telephoto
I am in dire need of a good telephoto lens. Well, actually I just want one really bad. I am willing to spend around $800 give or take. I like the Canon 70-200 f4 L, but I am concerned maybe that isn't quite enough focal length for me. I was also considering the Canon 75-300 Is USM. Does anyone have any suggestions?
if you want to purchase the 200, then go ahead because you can always buy extender tubes which will make it to about ~320mm also add on more if you have a 1.6 modifier on your camera (like I do on my 10D).
But the 300 is a nice lens.
Either way you can't go wrong with either. These are Canon's higher quality glass. They will last you a long time if taken care of, longer than you camera
As to which will work for you it depends on what you're going to shoot & on what camera.
The canons below the 5D all have the 1.6 multiplier so you immediately get a focal length boost.
I have the 70-200 f4 L which I used all last year & love it! It's a bit short for the big sports arenas but I managed to get some nice shots with it. Plus it's even better value atm since the just released the IS version & everyone seems to be dumping thier stock of the non IS.
I've not used the 75-300 IS lens but of the canons are going to be decent!
I just bought the 100-400 L which is a bit of a beast! It's quite a weight to lug around all day and it really needs a monopod so I can't see it quickly replacing my 70-200 for a lot of events. That said it seems pretty nice!
The other ones I'd consider, depending on your subject matter, would be:
Sigma 70-200 f2.8 I considered this one for the extra stop but had no experience of their lenses so went for the canon L to be safe. I've since bought 2 other sigma lenses (28-70 f2.8 & 10-20) & I've been very impressed. From what I've read it's worth sticking to the EX models though.
Sigma 50-500. This seems to have a lot of fans & I did consider it when I bought the 100-400 but there were a couple of things that put me off - it was heaver than the canon! - the AF didnt work well in low light conditions. It wouldn't find anything inside the store but worked fine in the street. It's a bit above your price range but worth considering - especially if you can find a used one
Tokina 80 - 400. Not used one of these but tokina does have a good reputation & a bit cheaper than some of the other options.
Have a look at DPReview in the forums of lots of ideas & reviews
True, with a 1.6 crop body you're going to get alittle more range than on a FF. I would go with one of the L lenses. I have the 70-200L and absolutely love it. The L glass is very sharp and the over all IQ of the lens is superior.
[Edited on 4/25/2007 by ęPSPRO27]