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best telephoto lense for canon T1i

Malinda Dempsey , Jun 25, 2009; 06:42 p.m.

My husband flies a trike(ultralight aircraft) and he wants me to fly with him and take pictures from the air. I am looking at purchasing a Canon T1i camera and would like to know what would be a good telephoto lense for pictures in flight and also good for landscape photos.

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Nathan Meador , Jun 25, 2009; 06:47 p.m.

Depends on just how wide you want the lens to go, plus your budget. I have and love the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. I use it for a variety of things, including landscapes. There is also a Canon 10-22mm. They are in the $600-$700 range.

William T. , Jun 25, 2009; 06:48 p.m.

That's basically what Bill Fortney did for two books.

I suppose it would depend on your altitude and how wide of a shot you want. There's some good info here.

Donald Walters , Jun 25, 2009; 07:14 p.m.

16mm does not mean telephoto to me. Get something with an IS. 70-300mm IS for value (it is a really good lens) or 100-400 IS. Choose what you can afford. Remember, cameras loose value, lenses don't.

Chris Nielsen , Jun 26, 2009; 06:31 a.m.

What do you mean by telephoto?? You're not going to be very high up in a trike so maybe wide angle would be more appropriate? If you want to take a nice landscape photo from the air you'll want something wide angle but if you want to take a photo of someone's dog in their back yard from 500ft then a tele zoom could be the ticket. Image Stabiliser would be helpful because of the vibration. From 500 ft a 70-300 would probably be a great lens

Arie Vandervelden , Jun 26, 2009; 02:52 p.m.

I suggest purchasing the TI1 with the two kit lenses: 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS. You should be able to get a package deal. Use the 18-55 for landscape and the 55-250 to zoom in on the ultralight.

While two lenses are not at convenient as a superzoom (e.g. 18-200 IS), they offer far superior optics. Both lenses are quite sharp. This'll be a very versatile setup allowing you to shoot a very wide range of subjects. Enjoy.

David Desjardins , Jun 29, 2009; 01:41 a.m.

I like my Tamron 28-300mm. It kinda gives you the best of both worlds in only one lens, which is convienient when travelling light.

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