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  1. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    So I just borrowed a friends Canon 75-300mm lens, and I know it's probably not the best lens, but it kicks the shit out of my kit lens. I'd like to find a similar lens, but don't know how Canon measures up with Tamron. I checked eBay, and I see some Canon and Tamron, and the Tamron says "AF" and the Canon says "EF". If it's auto focus, then does that mean that it is auto focus only? Or is there still manual focus? Sorry, still a noob. I found some decent 75-300mm lenses for under $200, so I think I might get one soon so I've got something to replace my kit lens.
     
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    do you really need that much reach? EF is the mount type. I would say to hold out for the 70-200 f4L or the f2.8 if you can break the bank.

    Whats your budget?
     
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    I'm still new to everything, so I want something cheap, but better than my kit lens. I thought the 75-300 was pretty cool though
     
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    The 75-300 is kit quality glass. I wouldn't bother. I would suggest you get the Sigma 70-300 if you absolutely must cheap out on this, but I really wouldn't if I were you. The sigma is worthless after 200mm, whereas the canon is completely worthless.

    The 70-200 F4L is pretty much the standard noob telephoto zoom and is an amazing value.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    I actually just checked out the pictures I took, and the longer distance pictures were really shaky, so I think the 70-200 might be better for me. Is the 70-200 F4L a Canon lens? Or another brand?
     
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    is the IS on the 70-200 f/4 version worth the almost double price?
     
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    I have the 4L non IS and really sorta wish I grabbed the IS version.

    Another option is to get the non IS and a monopod if you need some extra support. Pro's will usually laugh at you, but it works fairly well for me, and didn't break the bank.
     
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    Yes its a canon lens. What you can do is actually rent the glass to see how you like it before you purchase it. It might just save you from saying "I wish I got xxxxx instead"
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    That's true. I just need some sort of idiot's guide to dslr cameras. I think I'm going to take a class next semester to learn, but I'd like to learn some of it on my own, which I'm sure most of you did
     
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    so far ive learned i prefer in body "is" systems over in lens. that way you can never gripe about how you wish you had bought this lens instead over that lens and only concern should be obvious things like does it focus fast enough or vigenetting, bokeh etc
     
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    Except body IS is like trying to catch a fat woman jumping from a building with a stretched out hand towel. Body IS that moves the sensor must compensate significantly for a small movement whereas IS that moves the lens elements only needs to compensate a small amount for significant correction.

    All of this is academic anyway seeing as how he already has a Canon camera.
     
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    Could not recommend the sigma 18-200 OS more for the $$
     
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    I had this same question before purchasing my 70-200 and I did end up buying the IS version and I am very happy I am. It was said to me that most folks selling their 70-200 non IS lens are doing so to get teh IS version. I dont generally go the other way around.
     
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    an 18-200 is not a bad way to go if you'd rather do that than the 70-200 f/4
     
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    I have the sigma 18-200 OS lens with a 7 year mack warranty and Hoya UV filter. Let me know if you are interested
     
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    For sale? If so, how much?
     
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    i have that sigma 70-300, on a canon a IS version is worth it. macro mode in that lens doesnt work that great. the minium focus is pretty far away for a macro.
    its also not very well made the barrels have a loose fit with each other
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