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Here is the story. I purchased a xsi last year for christmas. Let my mom borrow it and never got it back. Ive never seen her so interested in anything before but she loves this camera. So I wont ask for it back lol

She keeps saying she wants a lens that has a bigger zoom. I got the package deal with the 200 zoom or 250 whatever bestbuy sells. The only thing she has asked for is it is the zoom will allow her to take pictures of my sister at graduation. The new Wildcat field is HUGE. So i think it will have to be a L lens used for birds? maybe add a TC ? Im looking to spend 2k max.

I do want to make sure the lens will be upgradeable when (if) i decide to upgrade the camera at a later date.
 

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The 100-400L is a quite nice lens, but as with any of Canons zooms they can be heavy to handhold and since its your mom she may not want to hold that thing that long.
Ive said it before, rent one before you lay out all that hard earned money for a lens you may not like.
http://www.lensrentals.com/for-canon These folks are great! I use them alot, its super easy to do.
That way you can find one that is comfortable for your Mom and you to use.
If your just quite sure this is the lens, then go for it, There are a few fourms that sells good quality equiptment. It will save you a bunch of money to buy used from a rept person.
1 is here http://photography-on-the.net/forum/index.php
and another is http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/10

The second one is a good one, a bunch of pros so you can feel safe from buying there. It also has a rating system so you know who has been good in the past.
As for interchangability, Yepper it will work on any Canon EOS Camera you want.
Hope this helps,
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The 100-400 is one of the lighter options. Just curious, is the graduation going to be daytime or night time?

If daytime, it would probably be the perfect solution and she will soon learn to use it alot. Trips to the zoo, bird hunting, and other critters as well. You don't have to shoot it at 400mm all the time. As mentioned before, I have shot the moon with an extender on it with good results. I'm not sure if auto focus will still work with the extender and lens mounted on that camera body. I was using a pro body and it worked just fine.

If the graduation is a night time event, you may be out of luck. Most high school football fields I hve been on require camera settings of at least ISO 3200, 1/400 sec with a lens that has f/2.8 aperture. That leaves the 100-400 out of the game.

Note: I have shot football at night with the 100-400 lens, but I was using a 580 EX II flash mounted on a monopod and connected to the camera with the off shoe cord.

I'll look for a pic or two of my niece's graduation that was held at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. Like I said ISO 3200, f/2.8 using a Canon 40D and a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 lens (no flash). I was sitting in the first row of the stands. Actually, since I had a recent knee replacement, I got to sit in the handicap section which offered the very best shot at the field as the grads marched on to the field.

Good luck.
Mike

EDIT: I found the pics. Exif information says the ISO was 1600, 1/250 sec shutterspeed, f/2.8 lens aperture.

1) Cropped considerably, this was Kristen sitting out on the field; I was in the stands.


2)Marching on to the field.
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd265/mt_stringer/Misc/DPP_0053.jpg

3) The big moment!
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd265/mt_stringer/Misc/DPP_0126.jpg
 

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Yes it will be at night time. thats a bummer i was hoping the L series would be the answer. But then again the Sigma is half the price

my question is if the sig is only 200 will it not give her more distance then the one she has? I might be just getting caught up in the number game 200 250 300 zoom
 

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Well the focal lengths are as you state 300 is more than 200. If it is just one event, I think you might oughtta consider just renting the lens. I have used Borrowlenses.com twice in the last two years. The lenses can be rented for 1 week or more. At least a 200mm lens with f/2.8 Looks like it is $34 plus shipping. About $50 total. Of course this is a prime lens and not a zoom, but it will allow her to reach out on the field like I did with my examples. The other alternative is the 70-200 f/2.8 but remember it is heavier and not easily hand held by some females without a monopod to support it.

It ain't easy, is it?

Hope this helps.
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easy? i wish.. figured 1600 on a lens would solve all the problems.

what I might do is get the L series since from what im understanding its a good around lens (except night?)

And for graduation Ill just rent her the signa. Or if shes lucky i can get my family to pitch in on the signa for her.
 

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I agree with everyone about renting the lens before you buy it. An L lens is a big investment and I want to make sure I like the lens before I fork over all that cash. I have used www.borrowlenses.com and have never had an issue. My niece is in the Deer Escorts Drill Team and I have shot the performances with my 70-200 L with a 2X TC, f/5.6 and iso of 3200 with no flash on a monopod and had great results from about 8 rows up. iIwould also suggest getting there early also to get a good seat. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
 

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The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS is an awesome lens. Over the last few weeks, I have shot thousands (over 15K) of pictures with that lens mounted on a Canon 1D MK III.

Also, the Canon 100-400L is also a good lens, just not suited for night photography.

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Ibeafireman do you have any nights shots to share with them?
 
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