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Lens Question

I currently own a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS with just a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. It was given as a gift and I don't know much about cameras. I'm looking to buy a lens for doing more zoom shots (mostly nature and wildlife), would the a Canon 75-300mm EF Zoom lens be enough? Not looking to spend crazy money as photography is just more of a weekend/hiking hobby. Do I need a lens hood? Any other recommendations of lens or things I should pick up would be great!


Welcome to the forum.


I would recommend the EF-S 55-250 STM version lens. About $205. Much better lens than the 75-300.


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John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic


I second the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens. Going further in your query, "Do I need a lens hood?" Yes, you do!

The hood is Canon ET-63 Lens Hood for EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens. It serves two purposes. One it can get you  better shots in certain conditions and it offers some lens front element protection.


I am not a big fan of the 75-300mm but I know lots of folks that have it and are completely satisfied with it. They are mostly people like you that are just hobbyists and weekenders that want more than a cell phone camera.



EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!