Best Telephoto Lens for 60d !

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get2vijay
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Best Telephoto Lens for 60d !
Jul 31, 2012

Hi All

I am not finding words to express my joyof owning a 60D,at the same time feels so proud and honoured to be a member of this forum.
Hope to learn a lot from you experts.

I have bought 60D with a 18-55mm lens and i am looking for a Telephoto too..
request you all to suggest me the best suited..

Budget is also my concern

Thanking you
Vijay
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For BIF and wildlife, I highly recommend you to purchase a 400 mm f/5.6 as a real pro telephoto lens...

get2vijay wrote:

Hi All

I am not finding words to express my joyof owning a 60D,at the same time feels so proud and honoured to be a member of this forum.
Hope to learn a lot from you experts.

I have bought 60D with a 18-55mm lens and i am looking for a Telephoto too..
request you all to suggest me the best suited..

Budget is also my concern

Thanking you
Vijay
India

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What do you hope to do with the lens?

What is your budget?

Here is a great lens... one of the "best".. and would fit any budget under 11K as it is used.

http://www.lensrentals.com/buy/canon/canon-800mm-f5.6l-is-serial-number-11858

But that probably isn't what you want... or is it?

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get2vijay wrote:

Hi All

I am not finding words to express my joyof owning a 60D,at the same time feels so proud and honoured to be a member of this forum.
Hope to learn a lot from you experts.

I have bought 60D with a 18-55mm lens and i am looking for a Telephoto too..
request you all to suggest me the best suited..

Budget is also my concern

Thanking you
Vijay
India

Hi Vijay, & welcome to the forum. I was contemplating buying a 60D a few weeks ago but went for the 7D instead. If you don't mind, I would like to make a suggestion. If you are new to photography, get some practice with the 18-55. If it is the IS mk11 version, it's quite a decent lens to learn with IQ wise. Don't be in too much of a rush to buy new lenses, you have a good camera but you will only get the best out of it with good lenses, & they cost!! Good glass & good technique are the secrets to good pics. If you are determined to get another lens then the 55-250 IS ia a pretty good budget zoom with good IQ. However cheap lenses on a good camera is not the best way to go. good luck. lee uk

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My advice? Use the camera with the one lens you have for a while longer, until you have more experience. Then, you will be able to make a better decision.
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The Canon EF-S 55-250 is a fine complement to the 18-55 kit lens.
It is a great value, with a good balance of price, IQ, and performance.
If budget is a concern, it should be your choice in a telephoto lens.

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The 400mm f5.6 is a great lens. Another one to consider is the 300mm f4. It is sharp, lightweight (relatively speaking), extremely close-focusing and image stabillized (the 400 5.6 is not). The only catch is that you have to be right on top of small subjects (song birds for example) because its magnification power is limited.

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55-250mm for budget and 100-400mm L if you want the best for flexibility and quality,

The 400Lmm is fantastic but no flexibility.
100-400mm best for Motorsport, birds in flight and Airshows.

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What will you be shooting?

400mm is for birders, air shows, etc. It will take some practice to learn how to follow your flying subject. Either you use this lens constantly or it gathers dust - it is a specialty item.

70-200mm is a good range for people, sports in which you shoot in context (for close-ups, it would be too short in many instances), telephoto landscapes, zoo shoots, and many other uses. The Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens is a great lens, but pricy for a beginner. The 55-250mm is a lesser lens, with a considerably lower price, and is a good option to start with if you don't have experience with telephotos. The 55-250mm lens is a great starter lens for a beginner who is exploring many subjects. It can be swapped or sold later.

If you don't mind a fixed focal length, there are several nice options, many of which have 1X macro capacity.

Remember that the smaller-than-35mm sensor on the 60D will mean that your "effective focal length" relative to the 60D sensor will be 1.6 times the physical focal length on the lens barrel. The 60D pixels are just smaller than full-frame sensor pixels.

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Canon 55-250 or step up to 70-200 F4 L IS (my choice). I routinely use a 1.4TC with my 70-200 for an effective reach of 280mm.
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Hi
55-250 for budget tele

BUT i recommend you save and get the 70-300 F4-5.6L IS lens this is a suberb lens and will last you a lifetime and keep its value ..i own one...

PS.. i sold my 400mm F5.6L too as was using it too little (also a very sharp lens)

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Optically best and pro teles of Canon 800 f/5.6, 400 f/2.8 etc...

Optically best and pro and still budget tele: 400 f/5.6

get2vijay wrote:

Hi All

I am not finding words to express my joyof owning a 60D,at the same time feels so proud and honoured to be a member of this forum.
Hope to learn a lot from you experts.

I have bought 60D with a 18-55mm lens and i am looking for a Telephoto too..
request you all to suggest me the best suited..

Budget is also my concern

Thanking you
Vijay
India

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I bought a 60D body then found a friend who had a couple of lenses and was prepared to lend me them for 2-3 weeks. Shot loads of photos in different situations & conditions then made my mind up.

Ended up buying 2nd user 70-200 f4 (F glass) and new 15-85. Both of these are stunning and have a good overlap. 15-85 is a great walkabout lens! Will try to post some pics soon.

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David Pye wrote:

I bought a 60D body then found a friend who had a couple of lenses and was prepared to lend me them for 2-3 weeks. Shot loads of photos in different situations & conditions then made my mind up.

Ended up buying 2nd user 70-200 f4 (F glass) and new 15-85. Both of these are stunning and have a good overlap. 15-85 is a great walkabout lens! Will try to post some pics soon.

Have fun
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I don't think you'll be disappointed with either of those lenses; I have the 70-200 f4 IS and it's a great lens. I picked up a second hand barely used 1.4x teleconverter and it gives me very nice results with decent reach. By the way, don't get a 2x teleconverter for your f4 lens as you'll loose autofocus, stick with a 1.4x or bare lens.

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I had the 70-200 F4 +canon 1.4 x teleconverter with the 1.4x TC you will find AF will hunt sometimes
I "nervously" bought the 70-300F4-5.6 L IS as the 70-200F4 is such a good lens
BUT soon sold the 70-200f4 and 1.4x T/c !!

The 70-300 L is a stunning lens !! from the first shots i said "wow thats sharp with great colour and contrast " on both my 50D and 5D2 !!
The AF is stunningly quick and accurate
The IS is brillient
Buy the 70-300L i consider it an upgrade to the 70-200F4 i had (non IS tho)
(unless you need F2.8)
IQ form 200-300 mm is better AF is better on the 70-300L
thats my experience

Alan

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alan e jones wrote:

The 70-300 L is a stunning lens !! from the first shots i said "wow thats sharp with great colour and contrast " on both my 50D and 5D2 !!
The AF is stunningly quick and accurate
The IS is brillient

I'll second that! I love my 70-300L. About the only time it comes off the camera is when I am using the 400mm 5.6L.

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100-400mm fantastic and sharp all the way from start to finish!
£1200 brand new
£850-£1000 eBay second hand.
Just purchased and got 2 year garentee from Clifton cameras.
Off to silverstone tomorrow for World superbikes.

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Hey thanks for the tip - cos I'm actually looking right now for a 1.4x convertor!

David

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In reply to David Pye, Aug 28, 2012

Hi All

I have narrowed down my choice to :

1) EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
2) EF70-200mm f/4L USM

Pls suggest which one will be better for my 60D,or if tou have any other recommendation

Thanks

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get2vijay wrote:

Pls suggest which one will be better for my 60D

Your choice of a lens lens that's better for your camera or not doesn't make any sense whatsoever. The real question is: Which lens is better for your intended use. Since you give us no clue about this, the recommendation can only be: Don't buy anything until you know what you will need it for!
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