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Old Dec 12, 2004, 2:06 PM   #1
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I have been shooting for a couple of days with my new 20D. I got it just with the 18-55 kit lens for now to practice with. So far so good. Great camera with alot of features to tweak. I am now looking at the Sigma 70-200 2.8. I am wondering if I need a tripod to use this lens? I think this will be enough zoom for me but don't want to be tied down by a tripod.



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Old Dec 12, 2004, 5:21 PM   #2
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Just wanted to say congrats!!

I just got my 20D on Friday. I opted for the body only, then chose the Tamron 28-75mm and the Canon 75-300 IS.

A tripod is definately on my Santa list!!!!

I did reel off some handheld shots with the Canon, and they seem to look pretty good through the viewfinder.

I'd say put it on your list - I'm sure you'll use it - JMHO.

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Old Dec 12, 2004, 6:34 PM   #3
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200mm + 1.6x crop factor means 320mm. The general rule is 1/(focal length), or 1/320th should be good enough. This is, of course, only a "General rule" and everyones definition of "good enough" differs. I found that with a 400mm (680mm) on the 10D I would need 1/1000 or better before I considered the results "good enough".

So you probably won't need a tripod but it all depends on the conditions you are using the lens.

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Old Dec 12, 2004, 7:16 PM   #4
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Personally i prefer to use a tripod when i can't get
1/ (2.5 * focal length). Or for awkwardly located objects.

I will agree with eric, a 70-200mm f2.8 lens even around here
is usually handholdable. But if you find the shots aren't
sharp enough the tripod may be you only option. Personally i just got the manfrotto 3001 legs, and they are plenty sturdy for my setup. Worth looking into at some point.

The other point is consider getting the battery grip.
It should make the body and lens balance better.
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