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Old May 10, 2010, 2:21 PM   #1
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Default Keep the Canon 70-300mm USM II or sell it?

I have an old Canon EF 75-300mm USM f/4-5.6 II zoom lens that I bought with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel way back when camera came out. I just upgraded to the Canon T2i with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens and recently purchased the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. I'm debating whether or not to keep the Canon 75-300mm lens or sell it along with my old Canon Digital Rebel and use the extra money to get the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM instead.

About 80% of the things I photograph are indoors; family portraits, candid, children (moving of course). Outdoors, I usually photograph mostly landscape & a little nature, though with my 100mm macro, I will probably be taking more of nature. All photos are taken usually with the auto settings.

I've been reading allot of info on the web and going to take more pictures without the auto settings. lI am planning to take more semi action photos during special occasions, like weddings, baptisms, and action photos like karate tournaments and dogs running in a dog park.

I'm on a budget. With that in mind, I'm thinking the following maybe a good combo...
- Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (1st)
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Hopefully, as my skills improve, I may move more into the semi professional to professional level and actually getting paid for it and eventually buying better glass.

So should I keep the old 75-300 USM or sell and upgrade to either the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM?

Thanks for the help.

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Old May 10, 2010, 3:33 PM   #2
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I would get the 50mm 1.4 over the 28-135, as it makes a better low light lens. 3.5-5.6 may not be enough for lighting in some churches or for indoor karate tournaments where you can not use a flash. And need a faster shutter speed in the 1/400 and better range to free the action.

I have the 70-300mm IS USM and it is really a nice outdoor action lens. And for long range static shots, the IS do help out. And for long range motion shots, IS set to option 2 works well.

I have the 28-135 IS USM as my walk around lens. And for me I can work with the 28mm on the crop body. I like that it is a very fast focusing lens. But when I need a wider angle for group shots, I go to the kit lens 18-55. So between the kit lens or the 28-135 you either get more range, and give up the short end. So it is a tough call.
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Old May 10, 2010, 4:16 PM   #3
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Yeah, if money wasn't a problem, I wouldn't have a problem selecting.

BTW, I was looking at theCanon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, would that be better solution than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for taking shots being at a distance for the indoor action shots?
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It's a deceptively big jump from f/1.4 to f/1.8 - the larger aperture captures roughly 60% more light, allowing for nearly double the shutter speed (eg 1/30 to 1/50). With the increased focal length you would have to make the compromise of slower shutter speeds/higher ISO.
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Your 70-300mm USM f/4-5.6 II isn't a bad lens, and the 70-300 IS USM will cost a lot more than you'll get for it plus your body. The newer lens is better, but try yours out and see if you're happy with it. The T2i has the resolution to make any of it's shortcomings apparent, so put it through its paces and see what happens.
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