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Old Jun 18, 2005, 9:45 AM   #1
mrcoons
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Currently the longest lens I have is the: Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 EF IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens

Filter Size 58mm
f/Stop Range 4.0-32 / 5.6-45
Minimum Focus Distance 4.9'
Magnification 1:3.9
Zoom/Focus Control 2 Touch
Angle of View 32 (75mm) - 8 (300mm) Deg.
Groups/Elements 10/15
Length 5-7/16"
Maximum Diameter 3-1/8"
Weight 23.5 Oz.


I will be doing a lot of marching band photography over the next six months (daytime and nighttime) with my Canon 350D. Most times I am up in stands shooting down onto the field.

The testing I have done recently (at marching band practive sessions) with my 75-300mm leads me to believe that I need as much reach as I can afford.

The Canon lens above what I have are out of my budget range. The two I am considering that do fall in my range (under $900) are both Sigmas:

Sigma 135-400mm F4.5-5.6 ASPHERICAL for Canon EOS

Filter Size 77mm
f/Stop Range 4.5-38
Minimum Focus Distance 6.6'
Magnification 1:5.3
Zoom/Focus Control Two-touch
Angle of View 18 to 6 Degrees
Groups/Elements 11/13
Tripod Collar Yes
Length 7.1"
Maximum Diameter 3.5"
Weight 2.67 lb

Sigma APO 170-500mm F5-6.3 ASPHERICAL RF for Canon EOS

Filter Size 86c
F/Stop Range 5-32 / 6.3-38
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8'
Magnification 1:6.6
Zoom/Focus Control Two-touch
Angle of View 14.5 to 5 Degrees
Groups/Elements 11/13
Tripod Collar Yes
Length 9.0"
Maximum Diameter 3.6"
Weight 2.90 lb

Right now I am leaning towards the 135-400mm lens because it is smaller, lighter and less expensive.

Does anyone have an opinion on my situation? :O
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