New member here.. I signed up after checking similar questions on this matter that didn't fully clear my doubts.
I'm planning to buy a Canon 70-200 lens to use on my 550D body. I've been reading everything I could from all sorts of sites, but still can't make up my mind which one to go for. In no particular order:
- The occasion for this purchase is a trip I'll soon take to shoot wildlife from dusk to dawn (not much difference actually as it'll be in Finland during the summer, so light conditions will be almost stable throughout) from a photo shack in the woods: I'll be using a tripod but could still try to snap a few pictures hand-held;
- The current telephoto lens I own is a Tamron 18-270, so whichever 70-200 I pick up will be a tremendous upgrade I assume;
- The price tag for the f2.8 IS version scares me, but something else that scares me just as much is investing in a less (but still) expensive lens only to find out a couple of months later that I should have gone the extra mile. This is to say, this is not a money-no-object purchase but the most expensive option is still up for consideration;
- Other uses I foresee: portraits (mostly natural light), more wildlife (possibly more hand-held in the long run), landscape. I use a 10-18 for urban exploration and a 50 for street, which pretty much cover my other needs: I don't shoot sporting events or weddings;
- I'm 100% amateur: the only one who ought to be satisfied with the lens and the shots is me;
- I'd much rather buy new than used, for no other reason that I'm no real expert and I do feel safer in having a full warranty
What would you suggest? Thanks in advance!