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Old Mar 30, 2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default Canon 75-300 USM 3 vs 55-200 USM

Hi - just got a canon 10d with a couple of lenses and one is out of stock and I've been offered the 55-200 instead of the 75-300 for an extra $50 - anyone got any opinions apparently the 55 is a bit faster but what do u think as i would've liked the extra focal length of the 75-300 but I have a telephoto extension x2 for my old EOS 650 would that be ok to use on the 10d? I want to use the lens for allround use portrait and outdoors... (although I've read a few reviews saying the 75-300 is a basic lens and some saying its a piece of junk?) obviously want the best for my money but I'm not looking at splashing any more cash on another lens for a while...

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Old Mar 30, 2004, 12:45 PM   #2
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Having owned a 75-300 USM III IS, I can assure you that it is NOT a piece of junk. It's not one of the best lenses out there, but for the money, it does a reasonable job. What I find amusing is the number of people who blast the lens as rubbish when they haven't ever used one, but only read reveiws of others that may or may not have used one.

Downside of the lens: It is not a particularly fast focusing lens, the USM is an older style. The IS is the original style and requires it to be placed OFF when on a tripod. It tends to be soft from 200-300, but not to the point of being useless. Being a 3.5-5.6 lens, it does require sufficient lighting.

I have no opinions on the other lens you mention.

BTW, I sold my 75-300 to a couple and they continue to tell me how much they're enjoying the lens and sending me pictures that they have taken with it.
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I have a non IS version of this lens, as well as the 100-300USM
I did not realize it was available with IS

Ohenry is right, the lens works very well for the price you pay( I think I got mine for around 300$cdn), and you can't really compare it to L series glass costing many times that amount.

I also have never met the 55-200 so I have no comment on it.

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Old Mar 30, 2004, 1:16 PM   #4
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Thx...but its not the IS just the USM III and I think its f4-5.6 not f3.5, so even if its not the IS is it still worth getting?
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Yup, that's the one I was talking about, 75-300 USM III, f4-5.6, 58mm filter thread.
Plasticy feel to it, but for the price it performs well.
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Cheers do u know anywhere I could find any info on the other lens as i'm told its a faster lens and not too much more cash...I've looked on the fred miranda site but its not listed there with the other canon lenses...
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Can't find it on any review sites like luminous-landscape seems they only want to do the expensive glass reviews

From one of my local dealers I get this info:
75-300 f4-f5.6 199$cdn
75-300 f4-f5.6 USM 269$cdn
75-300 f4-f5.6 USM IS 799$cdn
55-200 f4-f5.6 USM 349$cdn
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I think you'll find that lens to be f4.5 -6.3 amd as such I would not call it faster. It may well have a faster auto focus but you are giving up a half stop 100mm of focal length and an additional 50 dollars. As it is not a special deal why don't you hold off and make this choice after you've used the camera awhile. You're views could well change.
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Old Mar 30, 2004, 1:47 PM   #9
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Hope this link to the 55-200 at Vistek works
http://www.vistek.ca/details/detail_...&Specs=N&Box=N

They are showing it as a f4-f5.6 but that dosen't mean it really is
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Old Mar 30, 2004, 2:32 PM   #10
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Thanx chaps I've been playing with my other lens canon 28-105 USM II and like the feel of it and AF is fairly good and due to the 1.6x conversion factor it looks like i'll be looking to buy a wide angle lens at some point any opinions of what I would be best looking at keeping in mind that my budgets fairly modest and won't be looking at L glass...also I'm thinking of getting a ring flash to use as its intended function as a macro flash and also for a fill in flash as I like the effect it gives when used by fashion photographers and people like Martin Parr would I get away with the older canon ring flash (ML3) which apparently doesn't work with the 300D therefore will it work on my 10D? anyone know the compatibilities of ring flash with the 10D (also with my 28-105 lens) or do I have to get a 50mm macro lens specifically? as I know there's a new canon ring flash available but alot more money....

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