I am planning to buy a telephoto lens for my camera. From time to time, I want to take pictures of the various critters Emmy chases in the back yard, and that would be a whole lot easier if I didn’t need to get so close to them. And, of course, I strongly suspect there will be outdoor sports in SteelyKid’s future, which will demand some zooming for action shots.
My camera is a Canon Rebel XSi, their entry-level DSLR model. Back when I bought it, I flagged this telephoto lens based on a recommendation in some “DSLR essentials” article or another. It still seems like a reasonable choice, but I thought I would throw it out here, because I’m sure I have readers who will have opinions on the subject.
– I am not interested in changing the camera body. The Rebel XSi works very well for my purposes, so I am not interested in upgrading to the next level of whatever.
– As I am not interested in changing the entire camera, I’d like something that is fairly directly compatible with the Canon system. If there’s some third-party lens that’s amazingly cheap and easy to use, I’ll consider it, but I don’t want anything that’s going to be a major hassle.
– If there is some other type of lens that I really must have but I don’t realize it yet, feel free to make a case for it in the comments (I can hardly stop you), subject to the prior constraints about not being interested in buying an entirely different camera.
I hope that’s enough to head off comments starting out “The Canon is a piece of crap, and you really need to ditch it and get a Nikon…” or whatever. Probably not, the Internet being what it is, but I have to try…