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Old Aug 19, 2007, 4:42 PM   #1
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I want a long range lens for my 20D and I have seen a few people using telescoping lenses at a concert recently. Are they any good? Is there one that I could find that is not real expensive. I have a 75-300 4.5-5.6 but I would like more zoom if it is out there? Even used would be ok for me but I dont know what I am looking at in the lens to tell if it is any good performance wise. If anyone knows of a good one that is worth buying I will buy it untill I can save up to buy the 70-200 with a 2x extender. I want to use it for football so I will need a little room on the light end. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old Aug 21, 2007, 6:35 PM   #2
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Yup I think so, I used a 20D for a couple of years untill I was to upgrade to the 30D. I have 3 lensthat Ihave used on my 20D, 24-105mm...70-200mm and a 100-400mm. If you able to be close to the side lines you shouldn't need a 2X extender with a 70-200mm.
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Old Aug 22, 2007, 8:28 AM   #3
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RP33 wrote:
I want to use it for football so I will need a little room on the light end. Anyone have any ideas?
What kind of football are you shooting? HS Varsity (i.e under lights) or another level?

If you're shooting daylight only, here are the lenses I would recommend under $1000:

Sigma 100-300 f4 ($1000)

Sigma 70-200 2.8 and 1.4x TC ($1000)

Canon 70-300 IS USM ($560)

Sigma 70-300 ($200) - realize it's not great but it's the best of the budget lenses. Focus will still be slow because it lacks HSM and it's soft between 200-300.

If you're shooting varsity under the lights only the 70-200 2.8 will do.

I'm also going to warn you regarding your goal of 70-200 plus 2x TC - the 2x TC won't work very well. Autofocus will be too slow.

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