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Old 19-04-2010, 18:51   #1 (permalink)
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is it necessary for a 300m telephoto
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Old 19-04-2010, 19:25   #2 (permalink)
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People took pictures with 300mm lenses long before IS was invented but it is a very desirable feature
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Old 19-04-2010, 19:32   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Image Stabilized

Well, it all depends.......

On your useage. My Sigma 70-200 f2.8 does not have any stabilisation and I don't think it has affected my use of it. My 18-200 does have stabilisation and it certainly allows me to shoot in conditions that would usually need a hike in ISO, but it is an f3.5-5.6.

Also a consideration is how your camera copes with higher ISO if you need to raise it in low light, and the weight of a non stabilised lens v a stabilised one.

Stabilisation is not high on my list of 'must haves' in a lens, but it does have its uses. It is just another tool - not a substitute for a constant f2.8 for me.

If you are looking at a 300mm f4, then stabilisation is probably going to be useful, but if you got a chance of a non stabilised one at a good price only you can decide if it is worth it or not.
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Old 19-04-2010, 21:19   #4 (permalink)
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is it necessary for a 300m telephoto
I didn't know they made a 300m lens, that is one massive lens. But if you mean 300mm, then it all depends on what you are shooting.

Shooting static subjects handheld, then it is useful.
Shooting moving subjects, I would tend not to use IS.

Like everything else it's down to personal preference.
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Old 19-04-2010, 22:44   #5 (permalink)
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Hi. I'm not quite with you yet. If you mean 300mm, period, then it's a Prime not a Telephoto or do you mean a Zoom lens that encompasses 300mm? Assuming you mean a 300mm Prime then on the basis that you shoot Canon the choices are

1 Canon 300mm f2.8 IS at about £3,800

2 Canon 300mm f4 IS at about £1,000

3 Sigma 300mm f2.8 at about £2,200

4 Tamron 300mm f2.8 at about £2,500

The Canons are both IS so really it's only price and f2.8 or f4 being the factor. Neither Sigma nor Tamron have OS or VC but both have constant f2.8. So the choice would appear to be Canons with IS or the other two without. As Graham says the constant 2.8 is a boon but constant f4, with IS for around £1,000 is no slouch. Mullah is a definite factor. Don't forget, if you have IS you can choose to turn it off, if you haven't got it you can't use it.

Finally if you are thinking of a Zoom eg Canon 100-400 or Sigma 150-500 then you'll get reach plus IS/OS but at the loss of the wider and constant aperture. HTH
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Re: Image Stabilized

Stepheno, unless you use different terminology to me, I refer to all lenses over 'standard' as being telephoto, especially if they are over 100mm. Prime means fixed focal length but a 300mm lens would then be a prime telephoto as opposed to a, say, 100-400mm lens which I would call a zoom telephoto lens. So for me prime and telephoto are two different things but can be applied to the same lens. After all, a 24mm lens is also a prime lens but it isn't a telephoto.

Just wondering whether other people make the distinction you make. Maybe I've got it wrong for the last 40 years.... nothing would be surprising about that <g>

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Old 28-04-2010, 20:21   #7 (permalink)
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But is a 300mm a telephoto compared to the Hubble. I use the term zoom for any lens which you can change the focal length. It's just differing nomenclature and, as you, I may be deluding myself too
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To me a long lens that is the physical length of the focal length is a long focus lens. If the lens is physically shorter than it's stated focal length then it's a telephoto. Variable focal length makes it a zoom.
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I'm with you on this Jake, in my old days of that filmy stuff anything over 50mm was classed as a telephoto.

In those bygone years there where very few zooms to be had.

I now use prime, or zoom to describe whether it's one or the other and still add telephoto for anything that goes above about 100mm these days.

Look at how lenses are described on most sites

As for IS I certainly wouldn't have got my 100-400L if it had no IS there would have been no point as I couldn't hold it anything like still enough above about 150mm.
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yeah im on the same school of thought and im relatively new to photography..... if it has the capability to make things seem nearer then its a telephoto, its a zoom if it has a range of lengths and a prime if its fixed. if it has the ability to stretch things wider than you would normally see then its a widey lol
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I just say big, bigger and biggest
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I just say big, bigger and biggest
Let's not forget due consideration to aperture: wide, wider and widerer!
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