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Old Mar 27, 2006, 4:04 PM   #1
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I wonder if anyone can help me? I am thinking of buying the canon eos rebel xt for use in wildlife photography (wild otters).Some photoes will be in low light conditions (shade, dawn , dusk).

Which telephoto lens, preferably zoom, would be best?A max tele of between 300mm-500mm would be great. Are there any decent teleconverters available?

I am willing to fork outabout 400 dollars but 300 dollars would be nice!

Good image quality is important.

Thanks for your help!


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Old Mar 28, 2006, 1:44 AM   #2
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There are no low light telephotos of that range for anywhere near $400. Also, you are very unlikely to get good results with a teleconverter and a cheap lens.
The sigma 70-300f4-5.6 APO is pretty good and very cheap so you could start there. If you need longer or faster (or both) you are going to have to spend a lot more.
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Old Mar 29, 2006, 12:10 PM   #3
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I've got a Rebel (not XT) and the Sigma 70-300 APO and it's not real sharp at 300mm, but that's compared to much more expensive lenses. However, sharp is sharp.

I doubt seriously if you cam get a good, new lens, zoom or otherwise, in the 300-500mm range for $400. Believe me, I'm not trying to be snobbish, I can't afford what I want, hence the Sigma.

That being said, the Sigma (or Tokina or Tamron) would be a good starting point.

Good luck.

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 2:40 AM   #4
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Is the APO version of this lens worth the extra money over the standard version?
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Old Apr 3, 2006, 9:30 AM   #5
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Simple. Yes it is. The APO version is sharper tnat the non APO.
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Old Apr 4, 2006, 9:20 AM   #6
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Hi, perhaps I'll repeat what others said but ... if you need something goodin that budget range, forget it! (I'm in the same situation ...:sad: )

I've been heartly recommended the Sigma 80-400mm f/4-5.6 DG OS EX ... I'm also checking the new Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5,0-6,3 Di LD (IF) .. both are like a bomb thrown in my savings, but...

Follow this link ... there you may find some help from birders (they're usually very kind to newbies...):


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Old Apr 4, 2006, 10:22 AM   #7
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Like everything else, with lenses you get what you pay for.

Here is a lens that is shorter than you asked about but with the crop factor it works out to 320mm. At $545.00 after rebate it is also a bit more expensive than your target but well worth the money and in the grand scheme of things, more affordable than other alternatives. This will be my next purchase


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