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Old Aug 1, 2005, 5:16 AM   #1
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Dear All,

I need some information to make up my mind on the purchase of a lens for my Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel which I got as kit with the 18-55 Canon lens.

My main use is to stand beside aprons and runways at airports and shoot both moving aircraft, especially on takeoff and landing, and as well stationary aircraft parked on the apron. This to be carried out both during day and night. My budget would be around USD300-400. I am ready to consider various brands (Canon/Sigma/Tamron) which would of course be compatible to my camera.

I have visited various websites showing aircraft photography but cannot get to the details of which lens they use.

Any help is appreciated and also any postings of such photos would help me a lot.

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Old Aug 1, 2005, 3:30 PM   #2
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Dear All,

Could any one please help me out on my query above?

Any help is appreciated.


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Old Aug 1, 2005, 3:37 PM   #3
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I'm not an avaition shooter, no airports near me :-)

Check this site http://www.airliners.net/search/
You can search it by camera type and see what lenses people are using for the type of shots being posted.

The first pile of hits on that site wtih 350D as the keyword comes back with a lot of hits using variations of the EF 75-300/4.5-5.6 USM.

I suspect a 70-200 or 75-300 or 100-400 would work out well for this type of shooting.

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Old Aug 1, 2005, 4:06 PM   #4
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for your budget the sigma 70-300 APO Super II would be a good choice... its pretty sharp and is quite reasonably priced..
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This is from a 120-300 zoom... Hey it's still an aircraft! :lol: :-) :G
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Old Aug 1, 2005, 11:59 PM   #6
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Heh, the Sigma 120-300/F2.8 is only slightly(8x) out of the 300$-400$ budget range :-)

But the Sigma 70-300 APO Super II is a good lens for the price, and compares very well with the Canon equivelents, and falls well within your budget.

The other slightly more expensive(define slightly) option is the Sigma 100-300 F4, this is one very sharp lens, but is about double what you want to spend.

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Old Aug 2, 2005, 2:46 AM   #7
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hi all,

thanks for your suggestions...i will start delving into the details now and consider specs and prices.

Catch u later.
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Aha - an aviation thread - well here's a shot I took with the 70-300 DO at the British Grand Prix a few weeks ago.

The 70-300 DO is a bit pricier than you're looking for, but I found the IS in panning mode quite useful.

Anyway the 70-300 focal length should be good - definitely try the Sigmas in that range.


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While browsing I came across a website who has the following lense available:

SIGMA 70-300/4-5,6 APO DG MACRO C/AF

Is this the same one as the suggested Sigma APO SUPER II in an earlier post here please??So many variations of such lenses....

Also I am considering the CANON EF 75-300/4-5,6 USM IS - however speaking to a friend of mine who tried it justtwo weeks ago on the 350D (mine is 300D), he returned it back due to a result of soft pictures. As well he advised that many users on forums complain on this aspect with regards to this type of canon lense. Can I get some feedback on this - is this just a lense problem or a lense and 350D combination problem?

If I go for a 70-200 USM with a teleconverter - what type of results would I expect?

Thanks to all for your comments

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Also I am considering the CANON EF 75-300/4-5,6 USM IS - however speaking to a friend of mine who tried it justtwo weeks ago on the 350D (mine is 300D), he returned it back due to a result of soft pictures. As well he advised that many users on forums complain on this aspect with regards to this type of canon lense. Can I get some feedback on this - is this just a lense problem or a lense and 350D combination problem?
See here: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65

... also this is the most blatant example of a Canon lens not holding its value, but sure enough folks tend to forget this fact and generalise it to the 3rd party lenses instead - which is not true especially the better ones from their high-end lines. Try to find any fast f/2.8 for example! :-)
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