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member since: 12/18/2003

Best Lens

Currently I am trying to find out which is the better lens for soccer 75-300 or the 100-300. I have a Canon Elan 7.I know a good "L" lens would be best but all I can spend is $200.

11/10/2005 9:15:38 AM

Jon Close
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member since: 5/18/2000
  For $200 or less your best choices are
Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO Macro
Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 LD 1:2 Macro
Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 (w/ or w/o USM)
Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DL Macro
Tamron 75-300 f/4-5.6 LD Macro

The Canon EF 100-300 f/4.5-5.6 USM is about the same sharpness, but has some better ergonomic touches - non-rotating front element and ring-USM with nicely damped full-time manual focus. But it usually sells for more than $200.

Avoid 70-300 or 100-300 zooms that have smaller maximum aperture range of f/4.5-6.3, f/4.5-6.7, or f/5.6-6.7. Canon's Rebel and Elan autofocus cameras need f/5.6 or wider (smaller f-number) maximum aperture to function reliably.

11/10/2005 9:35:47 AM


member since: 12/18/2003
  Thanks! Outside of the price constraint and the "L" series is there a better lens for this type of photography. Or is the difference going to be only the speed of the lens?

11/10/2005 11:06:29 AM


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