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Old Jul 20, 2004, 9:56 AM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with the Cannon EF 75-300 IS USM with the Digital Rebel? I have trouble with out of focus pics due to shake so I am looking for a semi reasonably priced IS lens. I do a lot of outdoor pics and some wildlife. Thanks
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 11:44 AM   #2
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Does theses activities involve moving subjects ?
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 12:14 PM   #3
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Usually stationary, but that has been do to only having a point and shoot. I just recently got the digital rebel. I would like to have some capability to shoot wildlife on the move.
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Stationary static object is OK...

If the subject moves then you'll need a faster lens for a corresponding faster shutter speed to freeze it when the sky is overcast or under trees cover. IS is not going to help you when a subject "shake". You can get a faster lens than the EF 75-300 which is f/5.6 @ its max. A faster f/2.8 lens will let you quadruple the shutter speed for example.

Now if you want a lens to be both fast and with IS then "reasonably priced" is certainly out of the question. :-)
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 1:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I think a fast lens with IS probably has one too many 0's on the end.:-)
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A reasonably priced IS and better than the EF 75-300 is probably the EF 28-135 IS USM... It's not just as long, but more flexible @ the wide
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I used to own that lens and it works perfectly fine in most instances. It does tend to be a bit on the softer side above 200 mm, but not to the point of being unusable. Granted, a faster lens would be nice, but you are looking for reasonable costs. Take a look at other lenses such as Sigma and Tamron and consider a stable tripod. You CANNOT beat a tripod for image stabilization and it will allow you to use your lens in lesser light. I own IS lenses and usually rely on a tripod anyway. IS is nice, but it's not the end all to camera shake, nor does it replace the need for a good tripod for slower shutter speeds.

Now if you're looking to get stop action photos of a cheetah or count the nasal hair of a distant warthog, you're barking up the wrong tree with that lens, but for most casual hobby photography it will workjust fine.
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I've got to remember that one! :lol:


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