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Old Oct 26, 2005, 4:25 PM   #1
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I just purchased a Rebel XT. Unfortunately, my Sigma 28-200mm lens is not compatible. I have the kit lens (18-55mm) and am trying to decide what to do for my longer shots. Sigma will give me a trade in allowance and I can buy a compatible 28-200 lens for $165 or a 28 - 300 for $200. Now that I am researching, I have read mixed reviews on the Sigmas with this camera. I will be shooting mainly outdoor sports like baseball and footballand indoor sports like basketball. My choices have narrowed to trading in for anew Sigma or buying a 28-300 mm Tamron for $399.Advice on these options would be very helpful.
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Old Oct 26, 2005, 4:54 PM   #2
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There is nothing wrong with Sigma lenses, although as with most lenses, there are good ones and not-so-good ones. With Sigma, the EX series lens are on par with L series Canon lenses, although the build quality isn't quite as bulletproof. I would go with either the Sigma or Tamron 18-200. They are pretty comparable.

The Sigma 18-200 is about $330, but if you don't need true wide angle and prefer more magnification, the Sigma 28-300 is a decent optic at $245. The 18-200 focal length is the equivalent of the 28-300 focal length after you factor in the crop factor. An 18-200 lenshas a 29-320 focal lengthon the XT.

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Jayvonya,

If your shooting indoor sports, you might want to consider a lens that is F2.8 or faster.

Your going to need all the light you can get to your sensor, given the max ISO (sensitivity) for the Rebel XT is ISO1600.

If you can afford it, look at the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 lens. The price is a little hefty, but in the long run you'll be glad you own that lens.

Or for less cash you can look at A Tokino ATx-pro 80-200 F2.8 lens.

You can always get a tele extender for a few dollars later and extend the reach of the lens.

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I just purchased a Rebel XT. Unfortunately, my Sigma 28-200mm lens is not compatible. I have the kit lens (18-55mm) and am trying to decide what to do for my longer shots. Sigma will give me a trade in allowance and I can buy a compatible 28-200 lens for $165 or a 28 - 300 for $200. Now that I am researching, I have read mixed reviews on the Sigmas with this camera. I will be shooting mainly outdoor sports like baseball and footballand indoor sports like basketball. My choices have narrowed to trading in for anew Sigma or buying a 28-300 mm Tamron for $399.Advice on these options would be very helpful.

If you're trading in for a new Sigma, consider the Sigma 18-200mm...so far, the overall reviews I've read have beenpositive. This is my next lens purchase to cover my "travelling light" needs. It has better reviews than the Tamron 18-200mm.
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I just purchased a Rebel XT. Unfortunately, my Sigma 28-200mm lens is not compatible. I have the kit lens (18-55mm) and am trying to decide what to do for my longer shots. Sigma will give me a trade in allowance and I can buy a compatible 28-200 lens for $165 or a 28 - 300 for $200. Now that I am researching, I have read mixed reviews on the Sigmas with this camera. I will be shooting mainly outdoor sports like baseball and footballand indoor sports like basketball. My choices have narrowed to trading in for anew Sigma or buying a 28-300 mm Tamron for $399.Advice on these options would be very helpful.

If you're trading in for a new Sigma, consider the Sigma 18-200mm...so far, the overall reviews I've read have beenpositive. This is my next lens purchase to cover my "travelling light" needs. It has better reviews than the Tamron 18-200mm.
I've been using the Sigma 18-200 lens for a few months now. Since July, the lens has been off my 20D two times. I even shot a week in Key West, using just the Sigma. I am VERY happy with the results.




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Old Oct 29, 2005, 2:58 PM   #6
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There you go...testimony from someone who actually owns one.
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Old Oct 29, 2005, 4:59 PM   #7
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hi, if there a specific model # to look for in the sigma or tamron lens anywhere from 200-300mm?- i just got the XT and im a TOTAL dimwit on cameras and lenses- the web stores totally confuse me on which models actually work with the digital rebel!!- also im limited to $250 or less- thx- john
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i wouldnt trade my sigma lens for nothing i have 2 50 -500 1 70 - 200 2.8 1 24 -70 2.8 and if interested look at my pics at www.superchargedphotos.com
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How about trading your Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 for a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM? :blah:

I got lucky...I'm about to do this. The only reason...I want the IS.
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IMHO the only reason to trade up from the Sigma 70-200 to the Canon 70-200 is the IS!
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