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Old Sep 3, 2005, 11:57 AM   #11
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Actually, on that lens, the macro functions between 200 and 300 mm, not only at 300.
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Old Sep 3, 2005, 1:54 PM   #12
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True, but you only get 1:2 macro at 300mm

at 200 it's 1:2.9

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Old Sep 5, 2005, 11:22 PM   #13
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Another lens I have which is similar to this is the Tamron 28-300 XR DI Macro. It has macro capability from about 12-18 inches throught the entire zoom range without needing to hit a switch. I'm enjoying it very much and feel it produces pretty good pictures for what I paid for it (about $360).
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Old Sep 6, 2005, 10:40 AM   #14
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Doug - An "Expensive" lens is one that doesn't do the job, then it becomes pure expense. The 'cost' is not always price. Stick with Canon - it pays in the long run.
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Old Sep 8, 2005, 1:11 PM   #15
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I am no expert by any means, probably in the same boat as you, but after recomendations from G35 and a few others, I purchased the Sigma 70-300 and I could not be happier with it. While price shopping, I was quickly informed to make sure it has the red line around it.

For $185 USD (roughly $220 CND?) shipped, I did not feel I could go wrong, and I do not believe I did. If you want, I can provide some photo of my first walkaround with this lens.



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Old Sep 8, 2005, 5:18 PM   #16
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weird i don't think my last response went through

i would love to see pics taken by someone who is not an expert.. it lets me know what i can actually expect to get myself

i tried emailing sigma4less to see about shipping to a Canadian address diff from the billing address because it seems to only ship to billing addresses. no response for a few days though.

excited to see the pics!!

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I am no expert by any means, probably in the same boat as you, but after recomendations from G35 and a few others, I purchased the Sigma 70-300 and I could not be happier with it. While price shopping, I was quickly informed to make sure it has the red line around it.

For $185 USD (roughly $220 CND?) shipped, I did not feel I could go wrong, and I do not believe I did. If you want, I can provide some photo of my first walkaround with this lens.



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Old Sep 8, 2005, 6:00 PM   #17
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These are all from the Sigma 70-300 APO DG on my RebelXT

300 mm at f/6.3



same settings:


76mm at f/7.1


300mm f/5.6 - bit of camera shake, though


70mm f/6.3 - it was a very hazy day, but still the colors were true


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Old Sep 8, 2005, 6:44 PM   #18
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Wow those shots are unbelievable!! Were they all handheld? I don't want to get a tripod because it's just too much effort to carry around.. but maybe for special trips i'd get one or something.

I just bit the bullet and ordered from S4L. i can't wait to get it! thanks for the pics g35guy
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Old Sep 8, 2005, 7:05 PM   #19
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Yes, all handheld. I do have a tripod, but I mainly use it only for indoor stuff.
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Old Sep 8, 2005, 7:09 PM   #20
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Hi Doug,
yep that Sigma is quite nice lens, for a surprisingly small price.

If you don't want to carry a tripod, look at using a monopod.
I use my monopod slightly extended as a walking stick, and it is quite servicable once you get the hang of using them.

Or keep your shutter speed high :-)

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