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Old Nov 30, 2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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I just bought a new 30D with the 17-85 IS kit lens. I want to add an all purpose telephoto for a reasonable cost. I was thinking of getting the 70-300 with IS but I read that non-IS lenses are actually sharper. I also read that the Sigma 70-300 was the best deal but I like the idea of a stabilized lens. I don't know if I can justify the expense of an L series so what I want is the best quality lens for the money. If that means waiting for an L series I'll do it.
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Old Nov 30, 2006, 10:53 PM   #2
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If you can afford it,the Canon 70-300mm IS is an excellent lens. IQ is close to theCanon 70-200mm f4L according to this review: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/manytests

If budget is a concern, the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro is an excellent lens for the money. I've tried it out myself (only limited basis), and I must say it's not bad.

For the same money as a new Canon 70-300mm lens though, I'd rather spend that money on a "used" Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG lens. It's sharper and faster than either lens (including the Canon 70-200mm f4L lens) and you can add a Sigma 1.4x or 2x TC to extend the range and still getdecent results...and ofcourse it's the better lens for low light shooting as well.




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