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Old Apr 13, 2011, 11:21 PM   #1
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I have a 60D with a 15-85mm lens as my walk around lens. I love the combination and how the lens performs. I don't however, at times, like the focal length when I am out photographing my daughter (4) running around as she's all over the map. She will also be getting into outdoor sports like soccer, but that isn't my main objective at present.

Where I notice the 15-85 lacking is at the telephoto end, for my needs. At times, I like to photograph her when she's away from me and not paying attention to my snapping some shots. I find at times the less intrusive I am, the better for a nice casual shot.

Right now, I have the 15-85 (will keep this lens for a long long time), 50 1.8 and the 55-250. The 55-250, I've enjoyed on my T1i but my cousin is buying a new DSLR and wants to buy this lens. So....great time for an upgrade

Down the road, I'd like to get the 70-200mm L IS USM 2.8 but as its pricey it'll have to wait a wee bit longer And, yep, I know its a heavy sucker.

I was thinking that the 24-105L might give me what I'm looking for as far as reach goesfor the interium (not worried about the restricted cropping of the 24 since I want it for the longer reach). My question is, should I nix the 70-200 2.8 idea and go for the F4 version instead over the 24-105L or not....OR, is there something else to look at???

What combination do you guys suggest?
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Old Apr 13, 2011, 11:32 PM   #2
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How strong is your grip, the 70-200 2.8 is very heavy. If you are not going to shoot indoor sport, the F4 is a much easier lens to handle. I would skip the 24-105 it does not give you much over the 15-85 in reach, just a 1 2/3 stop of aperture on the long end, and you loose 1/2 a stop on the wide end. Not fast enough for indoor action.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 12:32 AM   #3
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If you like the 55-250 and do use 250 at time. And have no issues with F4-5.6 form the 55-250, you may want to look at the ef 70-300 IS USM or the tamron 70-300 VC USD.

The 70-200 F4 IS is pretty pricey also. But it is a very nice lens as well. Sharper then both 70-300 option. The non IS 70-200 is nice and not as expensive.

I guess it comes down to your budget and how much reach you need.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 2:10 AM   #4
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Hi as above really I wonder if you really need to get rid of the 55-250 I use this lens going round the Orlando Parks as it is light and easy to carry. I can understand why you want to upgrade. I think a trip to a shop with your camera and try a couple of the lenses good luck
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i think for what you have described, you may want to look into the 70-200 F4 non-IS, its small and light, but very sharp and focuses fast, its also about 1/2 the price of the IS version and much smaller than any of the 2.8's. and for action shots around the house, the IS won't be that useful anyway.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 8:13 AM   #6
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hey shutterbug
i have the 24-105 and its beaute
however since i too nee more reach i am looking at the
70-200L f4 IS ( since i have become a fan of IS )
70-300mm IS ( dropping in price since they have an L version, but not as sharp as the 200)
100-400mm L IS ( little more money but another very nice lens or so ive been told )
save the money man and then buy a lens that way no regrets later
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 8:53 AM   #7
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The 24-105 would be a nice upgrade on your standard lens but it's not a replacement for the 55-250. 105mm is still too short.

Here's an important question: did you feel the 55-250 was more than long enough? The 70-200 f4 is definitely an upgrade (even without IS) in image quality and focus speed. But, only if you can live with 200mm which is shorter than you're used to now.
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The 70-200 f4 is definitely an upgrade (even without IS) in image quality and focus speed. But, only if you can live with 200mm which is shorter than you're used to now.
John,
I have not used either the 70-200 f/4 or the 24-105 but I like the suggestin of the the 70-200 f/4.

As for loosing that extra reach he could always get a 1.4 extender later that can be used with that lens and other lenses he adds down the road.

I know I use the 1.4x often on the 2.8 version.
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I find that a monopod is very easy to carry around & use when I want to use a heavy lens for any length of time. It straps quite easily to the back of my back pack and I don't even know it's there when I'm not using it. If you're willing to do that, then the lens weight becomes less of a factor. I have to say, I am always amazed at the sharp quality of the pictures I get from my 70-200 f2.8 usm non-is, even hand held. When I hand hold it, I make sure the shutter speed is @ 250 or greater and i don't have any problem with image blur. I hand hold it quite often if I'm not going to be using it for more than 30 minutes or so. The biggest thing to consider is your budget and, as John said, the 200mm may not be enough focal length for you if you like what you're getting from the 250mm. I often find myself wanting 300mm.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I think the 70-200 F4 is the way to go. You were all correct, since I have the 15-85 and am happy with it the 24-105L didn't make much sense. As for the 55-250 reach, I rarely went all the way in and if I need to move in a few steps then I'm sure it won't be too much of a big deal since I'm only photographing people. But, maybe one day the 100-400 so I can creep in on the birds/animals

I truly do appreciate all the insight you provided.....it's helped me a great deal.
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