Best telephoto zoom lens on a budget?

Started Jul 13, 2007 | Discussions thread
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StevnJ9971 Regular Member • Posts: 314
Best telephoto zoom lens on a budget?

Hey all,

Just another product question from me again (I know everyone's probably getting sick of them).

The next thing I'm interested in is a telephoto zoom lens, but I don't have a lot of money to work with. I'm looking for something in the $500-$600 range, but with as much quality as that will buy. Also, I want to get some pretty good reach, so 300mm is a want, but not if it's going to sacrifice too much quality. I do a lot of action/sports photography, so fast focusing is a must and sharpness is always needed.

I've narrowed it down to a couple of lenses, and it would be a great help if anyone could give me their opinions on the lenses or even suggest another that would suit my needs. Again keep in mind here that I'm looking for something in the $500-$600 range, a good length, and high image quality.

Here are the ones that I have in mind:

  • Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

  • EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Please give some opinions and feel free to suggest others. Thanks!

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