What inexpensive telephoto lens?

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Astrotripper Veteran Member • Posts: 8,281
Re: What inexpensive telephoto lens?

wb2trf wrote:

my plan is to try it out with an old 300mm Canon FD MF prime that I have (not being used).

Definitely worth a try. It will be a bit hard to use, but could also be fun.

If it seems like the images are interesting then I'd buy a non-pro lens that will do similar, but with AF and that is smaller, much smaller. I see there is a 75-300mm Oly and a 100-300mm Panasonic (with new-to-me compatibility limits).

Both of those will do the job if you get a good copy of either. I own the 100-300 II and use it on my Olympus body. I'm happy with it. I've used the 75-300 briefly and it was ok as well. It's a good option if you want it as cheap and as small as possible.

However, experience of using your FD lens might not translate well to the those native lenses. Doing an MF on a long telephoto is kind of a different beast.

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