02-06-2014 12:49 PM
Thanks so much for your thoughts. Since I don't know if the Tamron will make a noise during the video, I think I will go with the 55-250 IS STM. It is also very reasonably priced. I will save up for an "all in one" lens as suggested, but I can't do it this year, alas.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
02-06-2014 12:58 PM - edited 02-06-2014 01:01 PM
The 55-250 STM is a nice lens for the money, but if it were me I'd want something considerably longer for use with wildlife.
Something you might consider.... Rent a better lens just for the trip. If that's an option, I'd suggest the Canon EF 100-400L IS USM for your purposes. A couple things about rentals: You might want to get it a couple days in advance to be able to learn to use it well. There also might be limitations on some rentals about travelling internationally with them.
If you prefer to buy, for a bit more money than you've budgeted you could get a Sigma 120-400 OS USD, which is also a good lens and a lot cheaper to buy than the 100-400.
Neither of the 100-400 or 120-400 are as small/compact/light as the 55-250, but they also aren't all that big. They are "handholdable".
I don't agree with ebiggs about not buying used 3rd party lenses. I have done so many times without problems, although the majority of what I currently use with my Canon cameras are Canon lenses (some bought new, some bought used). You only have to be extra careful with older 3rd party lens models, that might not be compatible with newer cameras. If you were buying a used version of a lens that's still in production (such as the Sigma 120-400 OS), there's little to be concerned about.
With any used gear, you have to be careful about the source and return/warranty policies of the seller. Reputible stores such as KEH.com, Adorama and B&H Photo Used Dept.carefully check out gear before selling it, offer a condition rating system that's quite conservative, give a 14 day right of return no-questions-asked, and in most cases give you at least a 6 month warranty.
I've bought more than a few things off Craigslist, too.... Which has to be done in a safe, public place (such as a bank lobby). This has the advantage that you can try before you buy. You do need to know how to check out whatever item you are considering and be ready to walk away if it isn't up to expectations.
02-06-2014 02:14 PM
Very good advice, Alan. I will definitely consider the rental aspect, too. And when I return, I might look into some of the companies and a used lens.
I'll also be in the market for a "one size fits all" Canon lens. I used a Tamron 18-250 mm lens on my T1i that I absolutely loved for its versatility, but it wasn't nearly as sharp as it should have been, in comparison to my new Canon lens. But if I could save up and get a relatively sharp lens that could cover that focal range, I would be such a happy camper. So often when I visit cities and countries in my travels, spontaneity is the key to the best photos.....I might see a glorious landscape and then a great close up of a person in a matter of seconds, so I can't deal well with changing lenses so often. But I do know that quality suffers with such a lens.
Thanks again. This has all been so incredibly helpful.