I have a T4i and have a telephoto lens that I use for my sons sports, but I hate having to change the lens for close up. My daughter is on Varsity cheer and I'm the team historian. I need a lens that is good for when I'm close up and for when I'm in the nosebleed section of the football stadium. Looking for the experts to guide me.
Also, I think I need some kind of hood because of the sun glare. Which one should I get? Thanks!
Refupea #1085 June 26, 2014
chrispeas Member Since March 2006, 9,422 forum posts, Location: Beautiful South Orange County, CA PeaNut Number: 252090 PeaBoard Title: Ancient Ancestor
chrispeas You probably aren't going to like my answer... the 28-300 is what you are asking for and come with a $2500. price tag. It also weighs in at over 3.5 pounds. usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_28_300mm_f_3_5_5_6l_is_usm Otherwise you are going to be stuck changing lenses. Historically the reason for using an slr was the ability to easily change lenses to a lenses designed specifically what you wanted to shoot. The more specialized a lens is the better it performs in terms of clarity, lack of vignetting and sharpness of image from center to edge. Technology has made lenses like the 28-300 possible that wasn't possible a few decades ago but they come with a big price for that engineering know-how.
As for a lens hood. A wide angle lens needs a shallower hood so the hood isn't obstructing the field of view the lens has. On a long distance telephoto lens it does not have a wide angle so you are going to want a deep hood. If you have a bout 9 minutes I think you'll find this tutorial helpful. www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_m0MfAjNsk
Is there a reason you don't like switching out lenses?
It sounds as though it isn't even during one situation, having to go back and forth for one event, but that you want different lenses for different occasions (unless I'm misunderstanding). One for close ups for dd's events, one telephoto for ds's.
Not sure how much reach you need for football...250mm? 300mm? 400mm? That would help you to determine what lens would be best for that purpose.
I would rather have a couple of really good lenses, and switch them out to get the photos that I want, then invest in a ton of money (for me!) for an 'all purpose' lens.
Or maybe a really good point and shoot would be better suited to your needs.
It's a great price. You isn't have to change lenses. The IS makes it better in low light and zoomed. I have tried just about every combination of Tamron and sigma lenses and they were all too soft for me. This lens is a dream.