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1. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

I need to buy a new lens for take photos of surfing and wild animals.
Thanks for your help

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

What's the intended output (print, web, etc.) ?
Which lens mount (Canon, Nikon, etc.) ?
What's your working distance (how close will you be to your subject) ?
What kind of animals (birds, lions/elephants, etc.) ?
Do you need to carry it around with you ?

3. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

What's the intended output (print, web, etc.) ?..Print and web.
Which lens mount (Canon, Nikon, etc.) ? Canon
What's your working distance (how close will you be to your subject) ?Hummm....¿50/100 mts?
What kind of animals (birds, lions/elephants, etc.) ? Insects, birds, water buffalos, monkeys...
Do you need to carry it around with you ? Yes.

Now I have a Canon 350D and 2 lenses (18/55mmm and 50/200 mm).
I am planning to travel around Indonesia (Sumatra-Java) so i think there are a wide variety of animals on the national parks.

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting miguel_es

What's the intended output (print, web, etc.) ?..Print and web.
Which lens mount (Canon, Nikon, etc.) ? Canon
What's your working distance (how close will you be to your subject) ?Hummm....¿50/100 mts?
What kind of animals (birds, lions/elephants, etc.) ? Insects, birds, water buffalos, monkeys...
Do you need to carry it around with you ? Yes.

Now I have a Canon 350D and 2 lenses (18/55mmm and 50/200 mm).
I am planning to travel around Indonesia (Sumatra-Java) so i think there are a wide variety of animals on the national parks.

What you have isn't too bad of a range. Since you're not interested in landscapes and wide angles you can even try it without your 18-55mm. But since you aren't sure what specific subject you want, you're better off taking it with you.

If you have the money get something with a 300 or 400mm top end. And also consider an off camera flash, and set of extension tubes for macros.

5. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

If you have the money get something with a 300 or 400mm top end. And also consider an off camera flash, and set of extension tubes for macros.

Which camera flash model?

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 12, 2007, at 3:54 PM by miguel_es ]

6. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting miguel_es

Which camera flash model?

Which ever. I only suggest it because you're going into areas of dense jungle. It won't help you with anything at 50-100m of course, but could extend your shooting if used correctly.

7. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

what do you think about Sigma 28-300mm DG F3,5-6,3 MACRO and a Extender ?

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting miguel_es

what do you think about Sigma 28-300mm DG F3,5-6,3 MACRO and a Extender ?

The rule when buying lenses is:

The wider the zoom range, the more the compromises. With that huge zoom range, do you think you'll get a good quality lens ?

A teleconverter (I assume that's what you mean by "extender") is a compromize between cheap zoom extension vs. a drop in quality. Be aware also that you'll loose 1.5 to 2 f-stops when you put on the teleconverter.

So I guess you know by now what I'm going to say. Take a poor quality lens and decrease the quality even more. Not a very good idea. Still, if you're more interested in getting the shot no matter the quality, then sure, it will work.
I use a 2x teleconverter on a Nikon 70-300mm ED lens and have gotten acceptable results. Not as easy to use as a dedicated long lens, but I can live with it. And I own the 15-30mm EX Sigma. Sigma is cheap, but since I like telephotos instead of wide angle lenses, and it's one of their "pro" line lenses which are better quality, it was an ok purchase.

9. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

I plan to invest in the new lens about 500€. ¿What do you think i can buy?

10. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

500 Euro is a nice budget but won't buy you very high end gear. I suggest you purchase one reasonably priced, high quality lens rather than 1 or more lower quality lenses and other gadgets.

You've covered the range from 18-200mm. Which is wide angle to medium zoom. I'm not really familiar with the quality of the lenses you have. But if you're satisfied with their performance, then you should keep them and try to extend your range. I would suggest you go find a long telephoto zoom (from around 200mm and up). The specific model you'll have to decide for yourself. The feel, weight, balance and quality of image is your own preference.