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Ann Coates
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Which lens to buy?


Does anyone own the Tamron 150-600 mm lens. I am looking to buy that lens or the Canon 100-400 mm lens, mainly for capturing images of birds etc. Having a hard time deciding which way to go. Any thoughts would be gratefully appreciated.


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10/28/2014 11:39:33 AM

 
Jeff Sielski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/9/2014
  Hello Ann,
For bird photography, unless you a very close to your subjects you will need long focal lengths, here are a few considerations to consider-- Canon has a 400mm F5.6 L(no IS built in) Prime Lens, this lens is professional sharp with the Canon 7D camera you have it has a 1.6 Crop Factor so the 400mm Lens will be a 640mm Lens, the Canon 100-400mm L Lens I have heard it is not too sharp at the 400mm end, the Tamron 150-500mm will be a 240-800mm because of the crop factor in the camera, I have heard some good things about this lens, for the money you get a lot, I would look at the Canon 400mm F5.6 L Prime Lens first then I would look at the Tamron 150-500mm second.. I hope this has helped you.
Best of luck to you!!

Jeff


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10/28/2014 5:52:26 PM

 
Ann Coates
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  Thanks Jeff, hadn't thought about a prime lens, but I think I might get a bit frustrated by not having any zoom in/zoom out factor as I am so used to that with my 70-200. The biggest concern I have with the Tamron is the weight of it. I find the 70-200 heavy enough and the Tamron is another half a kg heavier. Lots to think about as it is always such a big spend when buying a new lens and you want to make the right decision.


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10/29/2014 12:38:27 AM

 
Jeff Sielski
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  Hi Ann,
The weight on the Canon 400mm 5.6 L is 2.75 lb (1.25 kg)
The Tamron weighs 4.30 lb (1.95 kg) I do understand that you are use to a zoom lens I use them a lot also, have you
thought about this Sigma Ann--Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS the weight is 4.19 lb (1.90 kg) Here is another Canon Zoom to look at also Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens weight is
1.39 lb (630 g)
Best of Luck to You!
Jeff



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10/29/2014 1:55:35 PM

 
Sheri Whala
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  Hi Ann, I have the Canon 100-400 L lens. I just love it. I use it all the time. You can take a look at my gallery to see what you think.


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10/30/2014 5:32:51 PM

 
Ann Coates
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  Thanks Jeff and Sheri. Sheri, I have had a look through your gallery and your images are fantastic. I have read "rumours" that Canon may be ready to release an update to the Canon 100-400 so not sure whether to wait as these rumours have been going around for a long time but some people believe they are close to announcing, so not sure what to do.


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10/31/2014 2:10:58 AM

 
Sheri Whala
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  I have heard the rumors also about the new lens. It is supposed to be lighter and not a push pull. So I know I would love to have the new one but I wouldn't want to give up the one I have. So I can feel for you.


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10/31/2014 10:01:39 AM

 
Val Feldman
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  According to the Canon Rumors site, select Canon pros around the globe are supposedly testing this new lens - the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS ll - here's the link if you'd like to read up on it: http://www.canonrumors.com/category/photography/canon-lenses/

Have been waiting for a replacement to the old style "push/pull" for a long time myself - so hope this time the rumors are really true...according to the link, availability would be at the end of November according to one "source"...and how reliable that source is, is anyone's guess. :)


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10/31/2014 4:47:07 PM

 
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