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  1. dracaj

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    i am getting my first dslr in the next few weeks. probably a canon eos 450 or a sony a300 or a350.
    what i am going to do is buy the camera body only then the lens.
    the lens is what i need help with i can only afford one at the moment so want a decent all round zoom lens,it will be used for photographing wildlife mainly plus other outdoor work.
    my budget is approx £250
    thanks for any help.
     
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    The thing you need to consider is that a lens which covers a shorter range is theoretically better than a do-it-all lens, unless you start spending lots of money. Which kind of ranges are you looking at?

    Prime lenses (fixed focal length) offer the sharpest picture, but obviously you need to carry several around and change lenses.

    For example, I currently have a Sigma 28-300mm lens on my Sony A200, which is a pretty decent lens and very convenient (range), but when compared to a Minolta 35-70mm, the Minolta was sharper at similar focal lengths.

    Is your budget of £250 for just the lens? If you are doing low light work, a constant f2.8 would be useful for faster shutter speeds.
     
  3. dracaj

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    cheers wicker my budget is for lens only.
    i did look at 18-200 & 28-300 lenses.
    i will be visiting yellowstone national park this year so need a decent lens for the wildlife and scenery.
    but can only afford one for the moment
     
  4. dazza74

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    I'd personally have a look at getting a camera with the 18-55 kit lens included as you've then got something with a wider angle for scenery and investing in a 70-300 lens for wildlife given your budget. Sigma and Tamron make 70-300 lenses for around £150.

    Another option is to save a bit of money by buying either a Nikon D40/D60 with kit lens and getting the Nikon 70-300mm VR.
     
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    I would go for the Sony A300 Body + Sony 18-250mm .....
     

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