Searching for new lenses for 300D...

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Gambo, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Gambo

    Gambo Guest

    A year and a half ago, I purchased the 300D EOS Digital Rebel with the
    18-55mm kit lens. Almost immediately, I added a Quantaray 100-300mm
    f4.5-6.7 Telephoto. I have been very satisfied with the camera, the
    colors etc. but as m7y technique and timing improve (nature, kids
    sports)I find the softness of the images to be more of an issue. I
    would like to look into some mid-range performance lenses to fit both
    ends of the spectrum but price is an issue. The lenses I currently have
    would fit in the $75-150 price range. Are there any recommendations for
    better performance in the $200-500 price range? How about $400-900 range?
    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
    Gambo, Apr 9, 2005
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    rwesurfn Guest

    I have had very good luck shopping used from, usually have a good
    selection and I have always been very satisfied with their service.Very good
    ratings in reseller as well. Since I dont know your needs I cant
    recommend a particular lens....just browse thru their site

    rwesurfn, Apr 9, 2005
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  3. Gambo

    Gambo Guest

    Good Advice...cruisin' there now...Looking to replace both the 18-55mm
    and the 100-300mm with comparable focal lengths but better sharpness..Thanks
    Gambo, Apr 9, 2005
  4. Gambo

    grenner Guest

    I have the same camera and use and am very happy with the Tamron 28-300
    Macro zoom. Very sharp across the range and a decent mid range price.

    grenner, Apr 9, 2005
  5. Gambo

    Gambo Guest

    Great! Looks like it is in my price range as well AND could easily serve
    as my primary. Any sample shots I can look at? Any issues with
    auto-focus speeds? Aperture range is about the same as the Quantaray I
    use for telephoto (100-300mm), so in this case I would be looking for
    sharper images. Thanks for your input...
    Gambo, Apr 9, 2005
  6. I hate to ding a lens, especially considering I am by no means a pro.
    But, I bought this lens from National Camera Exchange for $300 for my
    Nikon D70. I really was after the telephoto range as the Nikon kit lens
    is excellent.

    First, I found that the image from the Tamron wasn't as sharp as the
    Nikon at nearly all focal lengths where they can be compared. Further,
    there was a noticable lack of detail and sharpness beyond about 150mm or
    so. Granted, it was better than the Sigma 75-300 LD that I tried, but
    it was still noticable.

    I returned the lens and I am now waiting on my used Nikon 75-210mm
    f/4-5.6 AF (I can't afford the inflated used price for the D model ...
    rather I won't pay it).

    Frankly, what I am noticing is what somebody else here pointed out to
    me, watch out for the zooms that span long ranges of focal length.
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Apr 11, 2005
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