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Audrey Bonter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2008

Camera Lenses

I have an EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens on my Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450D camera. What I am interested in, is a powerful Zoom lense, but don't want to spend a fortune either, since I am not a professional photographer.
Any suggestions? Thank-you, Audrey

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2/10/2010 3:32:41 PM

Lynn R. Powers   I suggest you save up and get a quality lens. It will pay off in the end and you only need to buy once for the next 10 or more years. For you I recommend the Canon EF 70-200mm f4L USM. This lens does not have IS. Of the four 70-200mm lenses that Canon makes this is the least expensive but still of top quality. I am old, weak and shakey so I have the IS version that cost about $500 more. You are young, healthy and a lot better looking. You should have no problems holding the camera/lens steady. That is all the IS does, it removes your shakes not the subjects motion. For that you must use a faster shutter speed. If you eventually move to a full frame camera you can use it on that. If you purchase an EF-S lens you can't.


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2/10/2010 6:48:52 PM

Carlton Ward
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Hi Audrey,
I also have the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens if you want a little more reach - my copy is very sharp and one of my favorite lenses. I have had mine for 5 years now and it always gets heavy use. It is a light hog and does not work well in low light but for wildlife, zoo's, etc... it performs very well.

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2/11/2010 12:48:42 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM is a great lens, but it's $1600.
EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM is arguably the sharpest zoom/tele made, but it's $1200.
The usual suspects for around $600 are the EF 70-200 f/4L USM (not image stabilized) and the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM (which does have image stabilization).

But at just $255 there is the EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS. Very good optically, and similar in build to the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, but with plastic mounting foot and conventional autofocus motor.

It is just $255, but pretty good optically, and it has Image Stabilization.

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2/11/2010 8:06:01 AM

Audrey Bonter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2008

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2/11/2010 9:02:42 AM

David A. Dawson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2010
  You didn't specify the focal length you desire, or the amount of money you want to spend, but the old Canon EF 70-210 f/4 lens is a good quality lens, and it can be bought for just a little over $100. A high quality teleconverter ($130-$250) could extend that range to 420mm.

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2/13/2010 10:54:30 AM

Deb Cloer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/11/2010
  Hello Audrey,

I have the Canon EOS Rebel XS with the EF-S 18-55mm as well. I just settled on the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Autofocus for more telephoto power at $255 from B&H, and am very happy with it. Good luck.

~ Deb

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3/12/2010 10:30:15 AM

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