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Old Nov 25, 2007, 11:57 AM   #1
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I have a Canon digital rebel xt with the kit lens. I am going to Disneyworld in May and want a zoom lens for far away shots and something good for low light. I am wanting theCanon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lensas I read many good reviews for that. What zoom lens do I want. Budget is not a major concern because I am interested in Quality over price.
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 1:37 PM   #2
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I think the Canon 70-300 IS USM lens is a strong contender. About $560.

A second option is the Canon 70-200 f4. About the same cost. Less reach but better optical quality.

I'm hesitant to suggest anything heavier as it would be a pain in the but IMO to carry.

I'm going in February and plan onbringing my 24-105, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8 and 100-400L (for wildlife only). I have a 70-200 2.8 but that's a bit heavy to be lugging around all day and I'm there to have fun with the family not lug around 40lbs of camera gear.
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 8:05 PM   #3
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two more options to consider is the sigma 70-300 EX APO DG for 120$ in used market or less than 200 new.

the second lens which i think is perfect for these situations is the Sigma 18-200 OS f3.5-6.3lens. Its inner focussing and has the OS(Analogous to IS in canon)

Only problem would be the really slow F6.3 at the long end.Not sure how badly u will need the far end.

with the cropped sensor te 200mm gives 320mm in effective focal length. Thats pretty good at the longer end.

So u can just carry ur xt, 50mm and 18-200 and still get coverage from 29mm-320mm covered.

In case the 18-200 is slow at the longer end i gues the 70-200 f4 is a good option. It weighs around 700g and almost the same as 70-300 IS DO or the 200mm F2.8 prime (which u can use with a 2X converter my guess)

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Old Nov 26, 2007, 2:19 AM   #4
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I'd be inclined to go for the 70-300 IS as a good all-round telephoto zoom.

Good IQ, good IS, USM, not too heavy or large. Nice workhorse unless you have specialist needs.
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Old Nov 26, 2007, 8:45 AM   #5
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I'm with nymphetamine on this...

An 18-200 OS f3.5-6.3 lens is all you need
-> You don't have time to change lens and you want to be traveling light with the kids, beside on most ride you'll have to leave the camera gears behind in free-for all cubicles... For low-light there's plenty of trash cans you set your camera on so IS/OS is not a big deal (or use the camera built-in flash if you have to):

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You should explain on how "far" you want to reach at Disney World.

From the sounds of it, if you want quality, long reach and low light ability, the lens to get is the Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS. It's around $1,500 but it fits everything you asked for perfectly. It is a little on the large side but you didn't say you wanted a compact lens.
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