70-300mm IS USM VERSUS 55-250mm IS Mark 2 ???

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Paddy5000
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70-300mm IS USM VERSUS 55-250mm IS Mark 2 ???
Jul 20, 2011

Hi,

I need to get a new lens. I need to order it within the next few days as locally we have horse racing coming up within the next 2 weeks. I have been looking at the 70-300mm is usm for a while now. I had the original 55-250mm is lens but I found that too slow for sports i.e. horse racing. I returned that lens and have planned to use it as part exchange for the 70-300. However recently Canon have announced the 55-250 IS mark 2. I realize this lens is new and just released this month but I am just wondering if anyone has any experience or knowledge of this lens.

The 70-300mm naturally has extra reach which is one reason for me going for it, and the fact that it has " USM " ( even though just micro motor ) IMO should have faster auto focus than the original 55-250.

If any of you has any experience or knowledge of the new 55-250mm is lens how does/would it compare to the auto focus of the 70-300mm IS USM lens?

If you were me, would you go for the 70-300mm IS USM or the 55-250mm IS Mark 2 ?

Thanks and take care,

Paddy

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