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Old     (newchicago)      Join Date: Nov 2006       08-15-2008, 7:16 AM Reply   
Background: I am a complete newbie to SLRs. I have recently seen how nice pictures turn out with a 'decent' SLR, so I made the plunge and bought this...

That part is already done (so there is no point in telling me what a mistake I've made!).
I have a friend who has a Sigma 28-300 lens that seems to be what I'd like (for taking pictures of wakeboarding from the boat, kids sporting events, etc). It's a little under $300. No image stabilization, however.
There is a Canon 55-250 lens for $269 with IS...

So, I guess the main questions is: how important do you feel IS is for a rank amateur? Would the extra range of the Sigma be a better idea than the Canon with the IS?

I very much appreciate any input you might have!

(Message edited by newchicago on August 15, 2008)
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-15-2008, 7:56 PM Reply   
The Canon is going to focus quicker and have better image quality. The IS is an added benefit. I tried a sigma 28-300 a couple years ago and wasn't all that pleased with it. Randy has taken some excellent shots with his 55-200, seems like a great little lens for the $.
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       08-15-2008, 9:02 PM Reply   
Thanks Rich.
Chris, I got the 55-250 IS Cannon lens a few month ago and love it. It was a lens to get me by until I could save up for the 70-200 big boy. I'm real happy with it and would recommend it & for the money you can't go wrong. Here is a shot from Reno with the 55-250 stright out of the camera, no photo shop.

Old     (newchicago)      Join Date: Nov 2006       08-16-2008, 8:51 AM Reply   
Thanks guys.
Decision made.

Now, if I could only ride like that!


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