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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS


marktc e2
4 59 13 United Kingdom
28 May 2011 10:59PM
I would like to buy a lens for capturing images of wildlife. Budget is around 400.

I have a canon 500D body and my question is which would provide me with the best value for money the 55 - 250 canon IS or the 70 - 300 IS USM?

Please can someone give me some guidance?

Many thanks

Mark

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steve_p e2
9 1.1k England
28 May 2011 11:58PM
The 55-250 is not a brilliantly constructed lens and has a plastic mount .
The 70-300 is better made, has a metal mount.
The image quality though on either lens is good for the money in both cases- if press reviews are any thing to go by. I can vouch for the 70-300 having owned one. When I sold it to buy a 70-200L it was pretty difficult to distinguish the sharpness between the two- the L series is much better made though and has the lovely "warm" image that L lenses give.
For wildlife the longer reach is something to take into account, too.
Steve
marktc e2
4 59 13 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 12:12AM
Thanks Steve
MalcolmS e2
9 1.1k 13 England
29 May 2011 7:40AM
Bought a 70-300mm becuse I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of it. I wasn't disappointed, it's a terrific lens for the price.
DOGSBODY e2
6 1.4k 30 England
29 May 2011 8:29AM
I own a 55-250 and I am quite satisfied with it. However, if the lens is to be used mainly for natural history I would opt for the 70-300, which will give you about 480mm at the long end, and that extra reach could be very important where wildlife is concerned.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 3:16PM

Quote:which will give you about 480mm at the long end,


No it doesn't. It gives you 300mm just like it does on 35mm. It gives you the field of view of 480mm on a 35mm film/sensor but that is due to the sensor not the lens and if marktc has never used a 35mm camera then the reference is irrelevant. In wildlife the subject rarely fills the frame and the image size on the sensor is the same whichever camera you use.

Yes, this is pedantic but this sort of advice has become a mantra with regards APS-C sensors which for most photorgaphers is just plain misleading.
marktc e2
4 59 13 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 3:37PM

Quote:which will give you about 480mm at the long end,

No it doesn't. It gives you 300mm just like it does on 35mm. It gives you the field of view of 480mm on a 35mm film/sensor but that is due to the sensor not the lens and if marktc has never used a 35mm camera then the reference is irrelevant. In wildlife the subject rarely fills the frame and the image size on the sensor is the same whichever camera you use.

Yes, this is pedantic but this sort of advice has become a mantra with regards APS-C sensors which for most photorgaphers is just plain misleading.



So the 300 mm is still the lens I want?

Thank you all for your comments!!
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 10:23PM
Don't get me wrong. I used the 70-300 non-L very happily for 5 years shooting wildlife - bears in Canada, birds etc. But at the end of the day, the longer the lens, the 'closer' you can get, and telling someone that putting a 300mm on a APS-C camera is a cheap way of getting a 480mmm lens is, as I say, misleading and raises expectations.

I have not used the 55-250 but everything I have read says that the 70-300 gives better quality as well as being better built and would choose the 70-300 for that reason.
marktc e2
4 59 13 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 10:36PM
Thanks very much Mike
marktc e2
4 59 13 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 7:32AM
Thank you to all those that contributed... I opted for the 70 - 300 in the end and it arrived yesterday! Can't wait to get out and try it!!!
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
1 Jun 2011 10:18AM
You won't be disappointed. I love mine.
Alan_Coles e2
9 176 11 Wales
13 Jun 2011 10:52PM
You haven't shot much wildlife since you got it?
marktc e2
4 59 13 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 11:26PM
Haven't had a chance!!! But thanks for your interest. Weekends at work and wet weather preclude i'm afraid!

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