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Old Jun 22, 2005, 5:26 AM   #1
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Sorry if this has been asked hundreds of times before, but I'm looking for a cheaper(below $700) tele lens for the Rebel XT. The only brand options I have are Sigma and Canon(Only lenses services in SA that will fit the Canon mount). This will mainly be for nature photography. So far I'm eyeing out the following:

- Canon 75-300 IS(read some bad reviews about it)
- Sigma 135-400 APO
- Sigma 175-500 APO

Do you have any other lens suggestions or any comments about the above 3?
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 10:08 AM   #2
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John- "nature" can mean a lot of things, from flowers to birds and animals.
Going by your choices listed - it looks like you are a birder/animal shooter.

It's a tough call - faster lenses (low light) = more money
longer range zooms = more money
You can guess the next one.

If you settle for a second rate piece of glass - you will have buyers remorse starting the very next day.

Many of us 'combination' shooters use the Canon 70-200 in one of it's configurations. You can improve range by buying an extender later.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 12:41 PM   #3
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you might also look at the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. A really nice lens and you should be able to get it for around your $700 budget. Then later pick up the teleconverter for more range.
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Old Jun 25, 2005, 1:35 PM   #4
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I bought a Tokina AT-X 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens for my 20D and am happy with it.* It's not as sharp as lens costing more $$ but does what I want for now.* I paid $550 at my local hi-end camera store.* Other choice was a Canon at over twice the price.* I'll stick on an example taken with it, full frame at 400mm.* It's also a nice example of servo focus which I'm really impressed with.Bob Gaunt
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Old Jun 28, 2005, 11:23 AM   #5
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I've taken hundreds of wildlife and landscape shots with my Sigma 170-500 lens with great results. It's big and heavy, and not particularly fast, but clarity and colour are terrific. I bought mine a couple of years ago for about $750US. You might be able to find a used one at well under that. One caveat: the lens has no "brake" to prevent it from going to its full extension if you're walking with it around your neck or over your shoulder. A monopod or tripod s a must to stabilize the image. Here's a sample.
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Old Jun 29, 2005, 1:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice. I settled on the Sigma 170-500. One of the reason I ordered the lens was due to the special running here which sold it for about $600.
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enjoy.. with a tripod or monopod this lens will suit you quite well.. it is quite sharp and contrasty as evident by the MTFs provided on sigma's website...
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