I need some advice.
I have a Canon 350D with standard lens. 17-55.
I would like to travel with another lens and was thinking of traveling with:
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
I would love some advice from you guys as to whether this is a bad choice or if its a good decision.
Are there better, cheaper lens's out there?
Does any one have any experience with this lens?
I look forward to hearing your responses,
For around that price I would look at the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 It's not quite as long a focal length but makes up with being sharper, better clarity and contrast. It is heavier though. You can also look at the Canon 70-200 f4L but I prefer having the option of 2.8 being there. It's a pretty good deal for the price when you look at the Canon 2.8L being double the price. Just my two cents though.
short answer: NO! and the sigma 70-200 f/2.8 isn't any betetr of an idea, why you ask? limited focal length. size and weight. both of these lenses are very heavy and both are quite bulky, now that not to say they're bad lenses, on the contrary they're both very good lenses, just not really suited to traveling. my personal suggestion would be either the tamron 18-250 lens or the sigma 18-200 with OS (basically an image stabilizer) both these lens are relatively compact and both privide a very wide range of focal lengths. the tamron 18-250 is an outstanding lens. I love mine.
just my 2 cents.