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    The IS or VR is really only helpful in shooting still objects. Shooting a moving object, nothing will be better than a faster lens. If you have to choose between one of them, and can afford them get the faster lens, as that will have a better performance. Of course if you have the money, get a fast lens plus IS, but that'll run you upwards of $1500

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    With all the talk of zooms and lens quality-

    Better to go with a fixed lens than a zoom of any sort. It will give you optimum aperture as well as highest optical quality, barring none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDSurfer View Post
    Better to go with a fixed lens than a zoom of any sort. It will give you optimum aperture as well as highest optical quality, barring none.
    True, but zooms are versatile unlike fixed. Don't get me wrong... fixed are called "primes" for a reason, cause they are at prime conditions (aperture to length). But also run a lot more money, especially if you get a fixed fast lens (Minus that Canon/Nikon 50 f/1.8, I really recommend picking one up for either side. Can't go wrong and it gives you a good night time lens)

    Unless you have the money (or are a professional) zooms are quality lenses if you go with a main built (Canon, Nikkor)

    You have to move your feet a lot if you're using a prime, and that will take some getting used to.

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    My Opinion.. you can spend all the money you want on some high grade equipment...but it aint worth jack if you dont know how to use it. Buying better and more high-grade equipment isn't going to make you a better photographer. Its about knowing what to look for and bringing out the best in your subject.

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    Thanks guys for your input....I see this hobby can get quite expensive.

    I am just looking to get something for daytime shooting (lots of light) like for Barbados. I just need more zoom....135mm is not cutting it for me. I'm not looking to go top of the line as of yet due to im still learning. But, would like something decent. So, the 70mm-300mm
    w/ f/4.0-5.6 should be good in the daylight?

    If anyone else can suggest other lenses that will get me started....please do. (Canon Only)

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aguaholic View Post
    Thanks guys for your input....I see this hobby can get quite expensive.

    I am just looking to get something for daytime shooting (lots of light) like for Barbados. I just need more zoom....135mm is not cutting it for me. I'm not looking to go top of the line as of yet due to im still learning. But, would like something decent. So, the 70mm-300mm
    w/ f/4.0-5.6 should be good in the daylight?

    If anyone else can suggest other lenses that will get me started....please do. (Canon Only)

    Thanks!
    That lens will be more than good in the daylight. However, I've never been to Barbados, maybe you want a longer focal length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goin_retro View Post
    Everyone should check out the Flip camera. It is an iPod sized video camera and they make water housing for it. The camera and housing are $150 total and the video isn't pretty nice.

    http://www.theflip.com/


    Sweet! my brother has one. i always thought about using my Canon SD1000, not his Flip. But... it doesn't take pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbing View Post
    That lens will be more than good in the daylight. However, I've never been to Barbados, maybe you want a longer focal length?
    How about this lens? Why is it so cheap? Is it crap or just because it has no IS.....whats the III mean?

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...6_III_USM.html

    Thanks!

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    I shoot a Nikon D_80 with a CHEAP ASS 70_300 Tamron lens ($180 at Ritz with the 5 year replacement warranty.) And I have had a lot of 'sucess' with it. Nothing worse than a 'High End' lens doing a header into the sand....just ask Folzz.
    And use a UV filter for surf makes a ton O difference.

    My next cam (hopefully christmas) is the Nikon D_90 that shoots HD movie...That's sick considering you can change lens's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aguaholic View Post
    How about this lens? Why is it so cheap? Is it crap or just because it has no IS.....whats the III mean?

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...6_III_USM.html

    Thanks!
    Looks very cost effective, but as with most things, there are bound to be some compromises when you find a price that low. One thing to consider is that really quality zoom lenses will hold their focus throughout their zoom range, while those of lesser quality will likely have to be re-focused as you go. Not all bad with modern auto-focus cameras, but the need to re-focus as you zoom might slow down a budget camera. One of the main improvements on the more pricey cameras is the response time in the auto-focus drive.

    One thing more- while you shouldn't scrimp on lens quality, be sure to invest in at least a good UV filter, if for no other reason than to protect the investment of your new lens. A filter replacement is way cheaper than a scratch on your lens optics. And If it were me heading to Barbados, I'd invest in a circular Polarizing filter. The clouds down there can provide some pretty dramatic imaging with a polarizer.