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Old Dec 17, 2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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I am a starter here, and currently use a Panasonic FZ38 superzoom.

Ive had it for close to a year, and feel perhaps the time has come to graduate to a DSLR.

Ive been eyeing the T2i quite lustfully, but one thing thats holding me back is I'm not sure whether I will get the same level of zoom with the basic kit lenses ie the xx-300 or xx-200.

I like to shoot wildlife (considering I live in Kenya), and family pics and landscapes (at which I am doing poorly). You can see my shots on my Flickr linked below.

Please can someone advise how expensive it is to get a lens with equivalent zoom as my Panasonic, or even better.

Or perhaps, is there a teleconverter option I can use which wont reduce the quality of the shot?

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Old Dec 17, 2010, 2:49 AM   #2
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The FZ38 has a 28-486mm equivalent focal length range.

The T2i has a crop factor multiplier of 1.6 x actual focal length. Therefore 486/1.6 = 303mm.

So a 70-300mm zoom lens would give you the same telephoto capabilities as you have now. There are of course much longer options available, but at a price.

The Canon 100-400 L is almost the "standard" safari lens for the Canon range. Good range, good quality, good IS, not too expensive. Recommended if you can afford it.
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 3:32 AM   #3
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Thanks peripatetic, but that 100-400 looks huge, and might be difficult to handle while behind the wheel of my car.

You say 70-300 will give same range as fz38, which is fine with me. Any suggested lens, or kit lens should be fine?

Sorry to bother, thanks once again for your help!
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 5:12 AM   #4
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Canon options:

EF 75-300 IS - cheap, horrible - do not buy.
EF 70-300 IS - very good, reasonably priced. BUY THIS ONE.
EF 70-300 DO IS - good, specialty lens. Not great value.
EF 70-300 L IS - brand new. Very very good. Expensive.

If you cannot afford the 70-300 IS, then I would recommend the 55-250 IS instead. Bit shorter, but very good value.

P.S. you will need a standard zoom too. The 18-55 IS kit lens is fine and very good value, but if you can afford it the 15-85 is a lot better and a very nice match for the 70-300. The 17-55 IS f2.8 is very good, but expensive.

Mix and match for a two-lens setup to cover the FZ35 range:
1. T2i + 18-55 IS + 55-250 IS. Cheapest.
2. T2i + 17-55 IS f2.8 + 70-300 IS L. Very high quality and very expensive.
3. T2i + 15-85 IS + 70-300 IS. Bit pricey, solid, middle of the road choice. MY RECOMMENDATION.
4. T2i + 18-55 IS + 70-300 IS. Budget, spending the extra on the telephoto for wildlife.
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 7:39 AM   #5
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Thank you very much Sir...I will work out the cost shortly and see if it fit my budget. One last question if you dont mind, what about a teleconverter? I see 1.4X and 2X and apparently they double your zoom capabilities. Any advise there?
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Not with these lens and camera combinations.

1D cameras can AF with less light, so you could use these lenses with a TC on a 1D.
Faster lenses could be used with a TC on this camera, but not these lenses.
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Thank you Sir!
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