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Finding a good telephoto at a reasonable price

I've been looking at 500-600 mm lenses for a Canon 50D. I'm trying to balance quality and reliability with cost. I've considered used gear and Tamron or other third party lenses... any suggestions?
Canon 50D and assorted lenses.
Posted: 05/05/2011, 11:01:23 AM
I think the lack of response answers my question.
Canon 50D and assorted lenses.
Posted: 1 minute ago
Canon EF 100-400 mm f/5.6 IS L .... on 50D you will get 640 mm effective. Is at a good price an it is an L lens with IS. If you want to get even more focal length get the 1.4x extender....
100mm f/2.8 USM, Quad core Workstation PC with 8Gb of RAM and Nvidia ...
Posted: 05/13/2011, 01:01:53 AM
Sigma has 120-400/4.5-5.6, 150-500/5-6.3 and 50-500/4.5-6.3 at resonable prices.

Tamron has a 200-500/5-6.3.

Tokina has 80-400/4.5-5.6.

However I guess non of them are close to Canons affordable telephoto lenses such as:

400/5.6, 100-400/4.5-5.6 and 300/4 + 1.4x Ext.

Most mm for the money are the sigma 15+-500mm zoom lenses.
Posted: 07/19/2011, 08:21:00 AM