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lurechunker
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I am new to the forum and asking for help. Our granddaughter plays basketball and I would like to photograph her. I kayak and would like to photograph birds. Is the EOS 760D the camera for me? Other? What lens or lenses? How can I protect my equipment form damage from saltwater? Thank you.

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@lurechunker wrote:
My 80D with 18-55 from Canon store will arrive tomorrow. I think I made a mistake by not getting the 28-135. Should I leave the 18-55 in the box and send it back? I'd like to start with an "all-round" lens and one long enough for back yard birds.

Do you mean 18-135, instead of 28-135?  The 18-135 lenses are pretty good.  BUT, they will likely cast a shadow when you try to use the flash.  I know that older 18-135mm lenses cast a major shadow on a T5, so I would expect a shadow on an 80D.  The 18-55mm lens has a 35mm equivalent of 29-88mm, which is pretty close to 24-70mm that is very popular for use with full frame camera bodies.

 

The  STM version of the 18-55mm is a really good lens.  I would hang on to it.  I can guarantee you that whatever plans you have for using the camera, you will find new scenarios to use it.  I would keep the 18-55mm, and pass on buying a 18-135, so that you can budget more money towards your birding lens.  If you can afford to do all of the above, then by all means, buy all of the lenses you want.

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@lurechunker wrote:

What about buying a used or refurbished lens from B&H?


I am not sure if I have seen any Canon refurbished gear at B&H, not in the last few years for sure.  If you want to buy Canon refurbished gear, then I would only recommend the Canon refurbished store.  They will give you a one year warranty, not just a  "guarantee" of some kind.  

 

I think B&H has a fairly good and objective rating system for their used gear.  I think much of it is a bit pricey, though.  Many times they will offer used gear that is rated "good" that has an asking price that is more than what is being offered in the Canon Refurbished Store.  

 

Check what the B&H guarantee and return policy might be for used gear.  I've bought a used tripod head and a "hi-hat" tripod from B&H, and I think I had a 15 day return window, and a 30 day guarantee.

 

Good judgement needs to exercised when buying used gear.  You must consider the source.  You must consider the return policy, for which B&H has a good reputation.  You must consider the cost/benefit of expensive gear without a warranty.  You must consider can the used gear be repaired, if needed in the near future.  

 

With used camera gear, there is always a risk of mold and mildew contamination.  Canon's refurbished gear has that new gear smell to it, so I think the contamination risk is small to non-existent with Canon.

 

[EDIT]. If what you want is out of stock at the Canon Refurbished Store, be patient.  Most of the items will be back in stock in a month, or two, or three.  The "L" series lenses can sell out very quickly.  

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@lurechunker wrote:
What about a longer lens for birds that will not cause a divorce.....Sigma 50-500 or Canon 100-400?

Given that choice, I would definitely pick the Canon 100-400.  Try to avoid zoom lenses where the ratio of the longest focal length to the shortest focal length exceeds 4:1.

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"Sigma 50-500 or Canon 100-400?"

 

Sigma 50-500------------no

EF 100-400---------------yes

 

Just a thought.  There was a Sigma 150-500, now discontinued, which has become a good buy on the used market.  It isn't as sharp as the newest zooms but it isn't as costly either.  It is better than any of the entry level kit lenses so it's no slouch either.  Pretty decent lens if you find a good one.

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

My 80D with 18-55 from Canon store will arrive tomorrow. I think I made a mistake by not getting the 28-135. Should I leave the 18-55 in the box and send it back? I'd like to start with an "all-round" lens and one long enough for back yard birds.

If you want all-around and bird then I say 18-135STM and 400 f/5.6L

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, LR Classic


@lurechunker wrote:
My 80D with 18-55 from Canon store will arrive tomorrow. I think I made a mistake by not getting the 28-135. Should I leave the 18-55 in the box and send it back? I'd like to start with an "all-round" lens and one long enough for back yard birds.

Do you mean 18-135, instead of 28-135?  The 18-135 lenses are pretty good.  BUT, they will likely cast a shadow when you try to use the flash.  I know that older 18-135mm lenses cast a major shadow on a T5, so I would expect a shadow on an 80D.  The 18-55mm lens has a 35mm equivalent of 29-88mm, which is pretty close to 24-70mm that is very popular for use with full frame camera bodies.

 

The  STM version of the 18-55mm is a really good lens.  I would hang on to it.  I can guarantee you that whatever plans you have for using the camera, you will find new scenarios to use it.  I would keep the 18-55mm, and pass on buying a 18-135, so that you can budget more money towards your birding lens.  If you can afford to do all of the above, then by all means, buy all of the lenses you want.

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Thanks to all.

Most any physically long lens will cast a shadow if you use the built-in (pop-up) flash.   Also, the bult-in flash doesn't provide much light (subjects should generally be about 10' away... or closer.  You can raise the ISO to increase the coverage distance).

 

If a flash is used, ideally you'd use an external flash (e.g. something like the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT) to provide better coverage power.  You can improve that further by using a flash-extender (e.g. "Better Beamer") which uses a fresnel lens.  A "fresnel" lens is designed like a series of prisms... the prisms farther away from the center axis have a steeper correction.  The idea is that any light that would have been traveling "straight" along the center axis will not be corrected... it just keeps going straight.  But any light that would have been traveling at a angle (say... 45º away from the center axis) will pass through a prism which will correct the light's path so that it also goes roughly straight forward.  Essentially it tries to send all light directly forward and catch any light that would have scattered off at some angle that would have missed your subject.    The end effect is that it massively improves the flash coverage distance.  

 

You can do a Google search for "Better Beam" and you'll find numerous articles and with examples to show how this light modifier works.

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da

"If you want all-around and bird then I say 18-135STM and 400 f/5.6L"

 

You can do as you see fit but this is the best answer for you. Plus it will be cheaper in the long run.  Getting any lens shorter than 400mm, certainly 300mm, is not going to do well on birds.

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

I have decided on the 100-400 IS ll USM.

With camera and lenses decided, I am now in the market for the right backpack/sling bag/messenger bag. I'd like to carry the 100-400 mounted plus another lens and several small items. Idea's?
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