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Old Nov 17, 2006, 5:24 PM   #1
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Hey everyone I just purchased the Canon 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM EF Lens. I had a choice of this one or the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Zoom Lens. The one i purchased was $269.00 and the 75-300mm was $234.99. I have searched for reviews on both of these and from what i read on the 75-300 i decided not to buy that one. The 55-200 has the USM, but i found no reviews on it. I played with both of them in the store and i seemed to like the 55-200 better.

I am using this on a Canon Digital Rebel XT. Can anyone tell me how they like this lens. And will it give me decent pictures.

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Old Nov 19, 2006, 9:29 AM   #2
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I returned the Canon 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM EF Lens I didn't like the feel of it at all. Also i purchased it at Ritz Camera and i really didn't like the girl who sold me the lens. She talked down to me in such a way it made me feel stupid. Leaving the store i didn't feel good about buying the lens because of the way she presented herself to me.

I decided to go over to best buy and look once more at the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III. The sales person there has the same camera set up i have with the 75-300mm lens. He showed me some pictures he has taken with that lens and i thought they looked pretty good. Enough to satisfy me. Purchasing this lens with friendly staff makes a world of difference in how i felt leaving the store.

I drove right back to ritz and returned the Lens, never putting it on my camera. She had asked why i am returning it and i just told her i liked the 75-300 lens better. She acted real snobby doing the return for me.

I hope i made the right choice, I will find out today. I am going out to take some pictures with the new lens. I'll see how they go later today.


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Old Nov 22, 2006, 10:37 PM   #3
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I purchased the Canon 55-200 when I first purchased my 350. I didn't like the lens, it was soft, slow focus, poor build. I sold it and purchased a Sigma 24-70 F2.8 and later the new Canon 70-300 lens.

For info, B&H has the 55-200 lens for $200.00

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
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Old Nov 30, 2006, 9:46 PM   #4
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Me personally, I have the XTi and immidiately got the 70-300 III lens. I didnt have alot of money to spend and cant say that it is all that bad of a lens either. Now, being that I have never tested any of the USM series lenses, and my current lenses are still on the cheap, it works for my needs.

My lens lineup is as follows: Canon 50mm 1.8 II, Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 "Kit" Lens, and the Canon 75-300 4-5.6 III
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Me personally, I have the XTi and immidiately got the 70-300 III lens. I didnt have alot of money to spend and cant say that it is all that bad of a lens either. Now, being that I have never tested any of the USM series lenses, and my current lenses are still on the cheap, it works for my needs.

My lens lineup is as follows: Canon 50mm 1.8 II, Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 "Kit" Lens, and the Canon 75-300 4-5.6 III
so how often do you use your 75-300? I use mine alot now. The kit lens works great for indoors or for landscapes. Heres a pic i took of two horses out in the field last week. The 75-300mm zoomworks great for distance like that.
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I use it quite a bit, tho I have to know that it is going to be a brighter day, or I would have to use my tripod. Because of it lacking IS, I do what I can to make sure there is minimal camera shake
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Old Dec 1, 2006, 1:34 PM   #7
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And here is a 100% crop of the head. No post processing was done to the shot at all.
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I took this with my 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM EF Lens.


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I bought one too on sale. I like it since it is light weight. It is not a bad lens for the price.

You can find a review here -> http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...SM-Review.aspx
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