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| p.2 #14 · Telephoto recomendations for a 20d |
Looking for recommendations on a telephoto lens for a 20d. Thinking about shooting more wildlife and nature subjects. I'm just a hobbyist. I tried a 55-250 and wasn't too impressed. Could have been because I had it zoomed all the way to 250. Any pics that I took at 250 were just terrible though. I want something with IS/VC/OS. Canon, Tamron or Sigma. Seems like Canon is always a tad sharper from what I've looked at and read about though. I'm thinking something up to the 300mm range. The big dog 400+ lenses would be overkill for me. Unless, something like the Sigma 50-500 has good IQ ? The 70-200s are always for sale...haven't tried one...kinda' scares me to buy one for that reason. Maybe I'm dreaming and you need 300+ for detailed shots.
Thanks for the suggestions and real world experiences.
already some good answers, but here are some thoughts.
1. 20d has a relatively low pixel density /count, which is fine if you dont have to crop, but dont expected to crop a lot and still end up with a great image. a 60D will give you in effect some more reach, if your technique, and all other things are favorable.
2. you cant go wrong with the 100-400L. Its the most popular wildlife lens for a reason. its hand holdable, and on the 20d will have fantastic image quality at 400 f5.6 (as it does on my 5d2). my 7d however, with its high pixel density, taxes it a little bit at those settings.
3. As others said, distance and technique are paramount. and the longer the lens, the more your errors and environmental variables are magnified.
I have a 55-250. have not shot wildlife with it, but find it over all an able lens. here is an action shot
of course in color and contrast, it is not in the same class as the 100-400L