Canon EOS60D Telephoto

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  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    My wife has a 60D that came with the 18-220mm lens. She has added a macro and now is looking for a telephoto for distant wildlife shots. She's found a couple of sites that offer rental arrangements for these and considering the price of these lens, sounds like a good option. We see a lot written about the 55-250 and 70-300, but they don't outwardly look like they'd offer much beyond her current telephoto. The monster lenses, we're guessing are what's really needed for those distant shots, but they are awkward looking.

    Any suggestions from the forum on which specific lens to consider? Anyone done the rental option?

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  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Call your local camera store. I think the local one in Kenmore rented some (back when I was in Kirkland). Only recommendation I'd make is get one with a constant F2.8 for the zoom portion. The critters might be moving and things could blur.

    I lusted after a 2.8 70 to 200 for my Nikon as it produced sharp photos. It also weighed about 2-3 lbs and would get heavy hanging from one's neck.
     
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    Put a 2x multiplier behind the 18-220 lens and it becomes a 36-440. not sure whether you can stack 2 multipliers. Yeah, they get big and clumsy. Figure on a tripod.
     
  4. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    The multiplier is an interesting option. Just did a little reading about them, but don't see many comments on user feedback. One article said it will also double the amount of distortion of the main lens, always trade offs it seems. Does anyone on the forum use these?
     
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    Before the days of digital, I used a 2x multiplier on a small body Pentax SLR and a 90/210 zoom. Not that I was reaching out extremly long distances, but I got some good close up shots from the back rows of music festivals.
     
  6. zen leecher aka bill w

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    I used a multiplier on my film Nikon and didn't notice any visual issues. It does also double the f/stop (a heads up). A 2.8 would end up a 5.6 so figure that in when shooting.
     
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    A friend of mine has a 100-800 Sigma, big honking sucker that only goes on a very heavy tripod but the sharpness of his long distance photos of birds and animals is amazing. When you can see individual hairs and feather veins without blurring in full frame shots and print them at 24 X 36 without pixels showing up I am impressed. But you do have to mortgage the house to buy it.:D
     
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    I also own a 60D and a 100-300 mm lens I used with my EOS system. 300mm isn't enough for distant wildlife shots. You really need something in the 800mm size for wildlife shots and the Canon lens are huge and cost as much as a KIA. (14 grand)

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    300mm won't gain you much other than added weight. I use a Canon extender specifically for macro shots and they cost as much as a normal size lens but it is an option.

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    I have one of these on my camera at work occasionally.

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    It's a heavy MF-er. In bright mid-day sunlight I can get away with handheld, but it's still iffy. It's near impossible to keep the focus dots on a subject when zoomed out to 500mm. Good image quality, though. At a minimum a monopod should be used with it.
     
  10. freestoneangler

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    Well, with other life stuff going on, this task got dropped for a spell. But, after re-reviewing the recommendations above and some i-search, we purchased the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. When we went into the camera store in Bozeman, and described what we were wanting the lens for, the salesman wasted no time pulling this one out; simply stating that he thought it was the best valued t-photo lens on the market at present.

    My wife is still getting use to it. One challenge is trying to keep it stable, particularly at full zoom. She was shooting a moose the other day, using a tripod, and even the stiff breeze was causing some focus challenges. The manual says to turn off the IS when on a tripod... seems to me you would always want to use that feature... thoughts??