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08-19-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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I've read the reviews - still need help -DA 50-200, FA 75-300, DA 55-300

Of course $$ is the deciding factor - if it wasn't I wouldn't need your help

Im a MWAC - taking shots of kids sports, landscapes, etc. I have am old Magnicon 70-210 that I am not happy with the IQ so I really need a decent, inexpensive zoom.

In my market (Canada) I can get the DA 50-200 for approximately $150, The FA 75-300 for $200, or jump up to the DA 55-300 for $500.

I am hopelessly lost in all the reviews and images I have looked at. Is the $300 more for the DA 55-300 going to make me happier? Can anyone link me to a cheaper price for it?

I am going to take my body in today to try the 2 DA lenses out but would love to hear you thoughts.

Thanks!

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OK I solved my own problem. Did a lot of searching and found the 55-300 for $360 so I clicked the buy button really quickly. I'm sure from the reviews I've read here that it is a good lens for me and now that I got it at what I think is a good price I feel better about it. Should be in my hands by Friday.

Thanks to everyone who offers their personal reviews. I am not technically knowledgeable about all the fine details but I can read the score numbers quite well and those and your commnets really helped me a lot!
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I think most people would choose the DA 55-300mm over the other two. You can get it from Prodigital2000 on eBay for $442 CAD by it now price. you can also make a lower offer. You can offer them $400 CAN. If they don't accept it, you can up your offer a little. But you should be able to get it a little lower then $442 from them.

Also if you are patient, this lens comes up in the Marketplace every now and then for around $300 US. There is a little sample variation between lenses so make sure you get a sharp copy.
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You are quicker than I am. Good luck with your new lens.

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Stratario - I actually found it at prodigital for $399 US so I called them and guess what?...they offered it at $360 Canadian so i jumped on it! Hope I don't regret it. I'm sure my DH has purchased from them in the past with no problems so hopefully it will be the same for me.
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Nothing more to say as they have solved their own problem..
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You just called them? Wonder if they'd accept the same price if I made a bid?

Damn, that's cheap!

QuoteOriginally posted by Neisey Quote
Stratario - I actually found it at prodigital for $399 US so I called them and guess what?...they offered it at $360 Canadian so i jumped on it! Hope I don't regret it. I'm sure my DH has purchased from them in the past with no problems so hopefully it will be the same for me.
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Congrats Neisey.
In full or slightly dulled sunlight the 55-300 should perform very well for you.
All the best with the sports photos!

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