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05-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Quick Answer Needed! Telephoto...

Unexpectedly, I just found out that my niece is playing Lacrosse this weekend (her last game!) and I want to be able to take some really good pictures of her, but I'm going to need a telephoto lens quick!

My choices are this...

Buy a 50-200 or 55-300 (which is better?)

Buy a 50-135mm, which I was planning on eventually buying -- but not right now. Financially, I'd likely have to return the DA*55 to fund it (so I'd rebuy the DA*55 later on instead). I'm not sure it'll be long enough for outdoor Lacrosse either.

Rent a 60-250 f/4 for 3 days ($50) - I will likely NEVER buy one because of it's size and price! I'm not sure I'd even be happy with the size of it for the one day...

Rent a 200 f/2.8 for 3 days ($30) - Might fall in love with it... danger will robinson!

I'm thinking my best option is to just go the cheapest route here... I don't shoot telephoto a lot...

Guidance please! I need to buy or reserve rental tomorrow so it's here in time!

...off to look at marketplace! LOL...

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Didnt you also buy a 18-135, why dont you shoot with that and crop. I'd hate to return a DA* 55 that I accidentally bought.
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The 55-300mm is definitely a good lens if you're buying a telephoto. I love mine although I haven't tried taking sports pictures with it yet. The autofocus isn't the fastest. Most people agree it's better than the 50-200. Check the weather forecast and if it's supposed to be cloudy maybe renting the 200mm f2.8 would be the best option.
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Didnt you also buy a 18-135, why dont you shoot with that and crop. I'd hate to return a DA* 55 that I accidentally bought.
Returned it yesterday. Wasn't happy with sharpness of it, and definitely wouldn't be happy cropping photos taken with it, because of lack of sharpness (especially at long end). Agree, I don't really want to return the DA*55!

QuoteOriginally posted by krp:
The 55-300mm is definitely a good lens if you're buying a telephoto. I love mine although I haven't tried taking sports pictures with it yet. The autofocus isn't the fastest. Most people agree it's better than the 50-200. Check the weather forecast and if it's supposed to be cloudy maybe renting the 200mm f2.8 would be the best option.
Right now, sunny and 70 is the forecast...

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I used my 55-300 last week at my son's football game and my Sigma 50-150 at his football game today. I found both lenses focussed quickly enough, especially if I pre-focussed before the play began. I used AF-C and centre point. The Sigma pics came out sharper, but the light was better and I was using lower ISO. In both cases I was sitting on the sidelines. In most pics I didn't go beyond 100mm, but then again it was flag football, so the whole field is not used..
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Rent the 60-250, it's the perfect situation for when you would rent rather than buy. I wish I had the option in Australia to rent that lens as the number of times I'd need to use it in a year would be 2 or 3, so I can't justify buying it.

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How close can you get to the action? I know I'd rather shoot a one off game with whatever lens I have rather than selling a top notch lens to buy some consumer telephoto zoom that I knew I'd not be happy with.
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Rent a 60-250 f/4 for 3 days ($50
My pick. I didn't realize you were willing to rent.

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There is always something like the 70-300 Sigma. I'm loving mine.
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The 55-300 is a really nice lens, and actually fairly fast for a variable aperture consumer zoom. You should be able to pick up the DA-L version for ~$200, and then you'd have it for whenever you need it... just throwing that out there.
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The 55-300 is a really nice lens, and actually fairly fast for a variable aperture consumer zoom. You should be able to pick up the DA-L version for ~$200, and then you'd have it for whenever you need it... just throwing that out there.
Great advice... and the advice I took
I purchased through Amazon and got it for exactly $200, which is perfect. Like you said, for that price I can just keep it for whenever I need it. I don't shoot a lot of outdoor sports or wildlife, but it's certainly not a bad thing to have a longer zoom once in a while.

Thanks!
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You're welcome! I really think you're going to like the results you might also want to pick up a cheap hood...
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55-300

I am not a pixel peeper so in my little world the 55-300 has been a workhorse for me...I got a 28-75 Tammy a few months ago and quite frankly I only think its better in low light cause of the f2.8. In good light I love my 55-300...I think you will too! Here are some "action" shots...all hand held and straight out of the camera. Not bad IMHO.
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For the cost the DA (L) 55-300 is hard to beat. So far I have not found a teleconverter that effectively extends its range but even so it is a gem.
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QuoteOriginally posted by newarts Quote
For the cost the DA (L) 55-300 is hard to beat. So far I have not found a teleconverter that effectively extends its range but even so it is a gem.
That 5.8 max aperture on the long end is a large part of the reason for that.
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