Canon 450D and 55-250 IS Lens advice please

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  1. waffley

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    I wonder could anyone help me?
    I currently have a Sony A300 and was thinking of upgrading to an A700, but whilst in Jessops a 450D caught my eye, and it felt very good in the hand.
    I also looked at lenses for it while I was there, and although I had my eye on the 70-300 IS USM, I really think I could only afford the 55-250 IS.
    My question is has anyone used this lens, and what is it like at the 250 end?
    I currently use a Sigma 70-300 DG APO, but with RA I definitely need some form of IS.
    I mostly take images of wildlife (particularly birds, and dragonflies), and less often landscapes and dogs!!
    Also what are peoples thoughts on the 450D compared to the Sony for my purposes?
    Thanks in advance for the advice!
     
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    I own the 55-250IS.

    Fantastic quality images. It has an expensive UD element in its lens construction which noticebly boosts contrast and sharpness. The IS is excellent and keeps things steady at the tele end. I had a Sigma 70-300 APO which was a good lens, but this lens truly blows it out the water!

    Highly recommended. :smashin:

    PS..The 450D is also a cracking bit of kit.

    Get the Canon 450D + 18-55 IS lens kit (another cracking budget lens) and the 55-250 later for a fab lightweight setup. (You may even still be able to buy as a camera and two lens outfit in places)
     
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    It's a great lens for its price. I don't think it would have been possible to use this lens without a tripod if it didn't have IS. IQ is pretty good as well. Ofcourse its not as good as more expensive lenses, but you get what you pay for :D

    It's also small and light - easy to carry around.
     
  5. waffley

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    Thank you everyone for your very quick replies, advice, and links. It certainly sounds and looks like an excellent combo within my budget.
    Now I have a lot of thinking to do!
    Thank you all again :)
     
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    I'll join the list of people that have that combo and I'm impressed with mine, if you want more examples I can link when I get home. Can't access flickr at work :(
     
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    Just another thumbs up here for the 55-250IS. I've got one on the Canon 1000D and it is a an impressive lens for the price. The 18-55IS is another great budget lens and another favourite is the 50mm f/1.8 (or nifty fifty).
     
  8. waffley

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    Thanks Spod - I am nearly convinced enough to go for it! :thumbsup:
     
  9. waffley

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    All sounding very positive to me. Now to look for some bargain prices!
     
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    i just bought a canon 450d with twin kit lens (18-55 & 55-250 IS) from argos for £636. best price i could find and i looked around a lot!
     
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    Thank you very much - that does sound like a real bargain! :)
     
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    A random few, not going to win any awards but gives you an idea. (all clickable)

    Blown away (84mm)
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    250mm
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    232mm panning
    [​IMG]
     
  13. waffley

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    Thank you for taking the time to post the images Spod. I really appreciate it.
    Certainly looks an excellent combo - very impressive.
    Thank you :)
     
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    I have the 55-250IS and it's a great lens considering it's classed as a 'budget' zoom! I have also owned the 70-300IS in the past and although thw 70-300 is better built the IQ isn't noticeably better and it has the older IS system
     
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    I don't really see that the 450D is an upgrade on the A300.

    With the A300 you've got built in IS, so you get it no matter what lens you use.

    You get 2MP extra on the Canon and slightly better high ISO performance. I borrowed a friends 450D for a few days last weekend, it's a nice camera, my only real complaint is the grip isn't comfortable, unless you have tiny hands perhaps.

    I'd think you were better spending your money on a quality lens for the Sony.
     
  16. waffley

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    Thanks Jammyb - it's always nice to get a variety of opinions and advice.
    I do see what you are saying, and I know it isn't an upgrade as such, but one of the reasons I was thinking of changing was the better high ISO performance, as most of my photography is wildlife and sometimes (in woodland on an overcast day for instance) the light can be pretty poor.
    Having said that I see your point about getting better glass for the Sony.
    Decisions, decisions......
    And I do have smallish hands being a female of the species, which (before anyone says it ;)) is probably why I am changing my mind and thinking of swapping Sony for Canon!! :D
     

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