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Old Nov 17, 2006, 1:55 PM   #1
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I'm in college, and won't have money for a nice telephoto lens for a while. Because of this reason, and because I'm a beginner, I think I want to start with a cheap telephoto lens.

I could get:

-Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 III USM $180
-Tamron AF 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro $190
-Sigma 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro $200

What do you think? Based on sample shots on pbase, I'm leaning towards the Sigma.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old Nov 18, 2006, 7:13 PM   #2
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You've made a wise choice.
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Old Nov 19, 2006, 7:35 PM   #3
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I just sold the Canon you spoke of. I found the build quality to be.....less than great.
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Old Nov 21, 2006, 4:16 PM   #4
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i have the tamron 28-300 .outside it does good .inside not bad.
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Old Nov 22, 2006, 7:00 AM   #5
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I have the Sigma70-300mm, But I find myself using My Sigma 28-200mm More as a very good walk around lens. The 28-200mm is about or a little less than the Sigma 70-300mm. The Picture is taken with my 28-200mm. And it was only -49 dgrees out that day....

The Tamron is also a good lens and has a 6 year warranty. The advice I give is if you can try the lenses before you buy. This way you will know for sure which one is best for you..

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Old Nov 23, 2006, 11:01 PM   #6
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This was taken with my Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 III. This is a cheap telephoto lens but good enough for me. I can't afford one of those higher end lenses for my hobby stuff. Maybe someday but till then this will have to be good.
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 8:33 AM   #7
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I have the Sigma 70-300. It works great for macro shots. Nice and sharp. It's just decent for everything else. For the price though, I think that's what you have to settle for.
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