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Old 10-27-2010, 05:47 PM   #496
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I should have said Prime lenses are the best for indoor shooting because they work in lower light situations. I agree with Frantasmic, you're likely looking at the 70-200 f/2.8 from canon or Sigma.

Would I buy a Sigma 70-200? Yes. If the Canon was outside my budget, then yes, I'd get the Sigma and not the canon lens. There is one other thing you should know about the new canon 70-200, it is believed to be one of the fastest focusing lenses canon has ever made - and yes, it's FAST and yes, it's much faster than the Sigma. That being said, the Sigma is a good choice and I don't really know if you would see the difference in many situations.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:19 PM   #497
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The only two 70-200's with IS/OS to fit the Canon cameras are the Canon ($2,069) and the Sigma ($1,699). Both of the latest versions have the USM/HSM motors and both focus extremely fast and are quiet. In real world situations you will probably notice little difference in the focusing speed. If you don't need IS/OS, then prices go down drastically. A non-OS Sigma lens goes for $799 and the Tamron for $729 (no fast focusing motor). These are B & H prices.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:47 PM   #498
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Start with the basics!

I suggest you start with consumer grade telephoto lens:
Canon 55-250 IS f/4-5.6
Canon 70-300 USM IS f/4-5.6

Don't expect any lens to take great pictures. You got to *LEARN* how to make the lens take great picture! With telephoto lenses, you have lots of lessons to learn.

Be more concerned about learning technique, rather than equipment.

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Old 10-27-2010, 10:14 PM   #499
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Before I dropped that kind of money on a lens, I would rent one from either www.borrowlenses.com (which I've used to rent a 400mm zoom for some HS football shots last year) or www.lensrentals.com which comes highly recommended.

Quickly checking www.lensrentals.com, you can get the f/4 lens for 7 days for $75 (including shipping) or $120 for the f/2.8 lens for the same time period.

I'm thinking about renting at least one lens for my upcoming trip in December. Either I'm going to get a really fast prime (like maybe the 50mm f/1.4) or the 100-400mm zoom. We're staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge and I would love to have a nize zoom like that for shooting the animals.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:57 AM   #500
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Great advice from everyone. Thanks and thanks again! Paul, you're right I will work on technique as I learn the capabilities of my equipment. I'll check out the price/availability of the lenses you mentioned.

ChiSoxKeith, rental seems like a great idea! Even if I take a rental along for 2 weeks I'll still pay less than buying one AND I'll get to learn the pros/cons of the lens while actually shooting at a much lower price.

Thanks to everyone who responded. If anyone wants to add more thoughts, I'm all "ears"
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