Since joining CinC in March, Iíve been trying to upgrade my camera equipment. So far, Iíve replaced my Rebel xti (gave it to my daughter, actually) with a used Canon 40d and have purchased two used lenses: a Canon 85mm f/1.8 (bought mainly for low light sports in gyms, arenas and rinks but it's almost always on the camera) and a Canon 70-210mm f/4 . It cost just under $150 and replaces the 70-300mm kit lens that will stay with the Rebel. Since both my daughter and I needed a zoom, I figured it couldn't be any worse than the kit lens (it isn't!), the price was low and the reviews were not terrible. There is a nifty fifty in my bag that does not often see the light of day.
Hereís my question: Are there any lenses out there that you could recommend for me to keep an eye out for? The 70-210 was made in 1987, so age is not important as long as itís compatible with the 40d. The two lens types I would most like to acquire next would be a wide angle (for landscapes and more interesting types of shots) and a longer zoom (for outside sports).
I am kind of kicking myself for not bidding on an older Canon100-300 5.6L as it went for under $300 on ebay a week or so ago. I know buying used is a risk, but I do my best to check out the seller and his or her policies for returns. Paypay also has a bit of protection in their program. When I do see a lens, I check out the excellent review sites people on here have mentioned and check the net for images taken with that lens and my camera.
Now, in a perfect world, Iíd be buying new L lenses with IS. Alas...