So I was given a Canon EOS 60D for my birthday last week, and I've been running around taking pictures like a mad man since then, but I have been wanting to take some closeups, at a distance. I figured a Telephoto zoom lens was the thing to get, and since I have no tripod I'm thinking I will need Image Stabilization. I am debating between these three lenses, what are your thoughts and advices? Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Of course, being a student, money is tight, and I'm looking to save where I can. My dad will be going to the US in two weeks, and will be able to pick up a lens for me. These lenses are already 1/2 - 1/3 of the local price here, but to me, that alone is not enough to justify buying a $500 lens.