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Old May 13, 2007, 1:20 AM   #1
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I need a telephoto lens for a rebel Xt that would work well in low lighitng conditions, and about 300-400$. I imagine image stablization would help in ym situation, but i would appreciate sum1 to tell me all options, if any
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Old May 13, 2007, 7:07 AM   #2
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a good 400mm lens that works in low light for $300-400?

Doesn't exist - not by a longshot.

What are you photographing?
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Old May 14, 2007, 1:23 PM   #3
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cheapest option is 70-300 AP DGO Sigma. U can get an used one for under 140bucks

And as john said a GOOD, LOW LIGHT TELEPHOTO lens is never cheap. The key word is LOW LIGHT meaning a faster lens or an IS lens. Both start at around 800 dollors atleast.
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Old May 14, 2007, 7:21 PM   #4
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Best 400mm Canon lens for low light is the 400mm f2.8L IS.

Here it is with B&H's price. (sit down before you view this link)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_2_8L.html

You are asking for the cream of the crop in lense design at a bargin basement price. The two do not come close.

Some alternatives.

Not good in low light.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Autofocus.html

Not much better in low light.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...6L_IS_USM.html

Closer in price, not a low light lens.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._5_6_Lens.html

Again. not a low light lens
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_6_EX_DG.html

Closest to your price range. Not a low light lens.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...f_4_5_5_6.html

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Old May 15, 2007, 8:30 AM   #5
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People don't realize this when beating down the Canon path...

-> but a 2x crop camera such as the new Oly with built-in Image Stablization can be gotten for much less when coupled to a normal 70-200 f/2.8 - Isn't that the equivalent FOV of a 400mm f/2.8 for a pittance and it's a zoom?

(Plus you don't require a tripod!)
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D2X is another very versatile camera. I always wish i shud have started with Nikon collecting lens's

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I love the two crops in D2x. With a 120-300 i would be having a 600mm f2.8 lens.. What a set up. With a 1.4x converter i would be having a 840mm f4 and a 1200 f5.6 lens. And i know how the 120-300 performs even with a 2X. So at 1200 i would be more than happy.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"May be next year i will slowly sell the canon stuffs and get into nikon d2x. Love that camera. )


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NHL wrote:
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People don't realize this when beating down the Canon path...

-> but a 2x crop camera such as the new Oly with built-in Image Stablization can be gotten for much less when coupled to a normal 70-200 f/2.8 - Isn't that the equivalent FOV of a 400mm f/2.8 for a pittance and it's a zoom?

(Plus you don't require a tripod!)
NHL - does this mean you're selling off your canon gear and buyin Oly? Sounds like you'd make money on the transition by selling off your canon lenses and bodies and buying less expensive (relatively to your current lenses) Oly lenses and bodies.
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NHL - does this mean you're selling off your canon gear and buyin Oly? Sounds like you'd make money on the transition by selling off your canon lenses and bodies and buying less expensive (relatively to your current lenses) Oly lenses and bodies.
Oh my gosh NO, that was never a consideration... :-) :-) :-)

I was thinking more along the line of what I can (and not) do with my current set-up
Most of my images have been around 500-700mm, but I could sure use some extra reach and none of the next options seem to be that attractive:
The 600mm is too close to what I already have, while the Sigma 300-800 is a little bit more enticing; however, I know I can't live with either one since knowing my 500mm is the largest lens I could carry on any trip (i.e. not just weight but size)

Shooting with the 500mm also has some limitation in that I always carry a shorter zoom (100-400 or the 120-300) in a padded tripod case slung around my shoulder which is just dead weight for many hikes in the rainforests or some sea clifts- Would it be that much more attractive if this 120-300 f/2.8 is attached to a lightweight camera like an Oly -> getting me a FOV of a 600mm f/2.8 in a jiffy (and possibly a 900mm f/4 with a 1.4x) without the extra baggage of a tripod and ballhead?
-> Extra bonus - it's a lot less costly than either the 600 or 300-800 :idea:
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It just bothers him a bit that he doesn't have a camera and decent selection of lenses by all the manufacturers.

Collector? Connoiseur? Just can't make up his mind? :homey:
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NHL - God help the poor Sherpas if you ever climb Everest. Or maybe it's a good thing for them. You could employ a whole family just to carry your lenses :G
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