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Old Dec 27, 2006, 2:50 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I'm lookin for a Zoom lens for Nature shoots for my EOS 30D and would just be interested in what Lenses others think are good...Which aren't that Expensive!!

Iv'e Got the Cosina 100-400 but don't really rate it...what do others think???
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 3:14 PM   #2
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Iv'e just looked on the Net and came up with these Lenses..

Tamron 200-500mm f5-6.3 SB DI

Sigma 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG APO OS

Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX DG APO IF HSM

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8

Sigma 135-400mm f4.5-5.6

Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3

Sigma 70-200mm

Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 EX DG HSM but the only Problem is it costs £3,999.00...$7,500.00 USD Aprox

Nah i ain't paying that for a Lens......I'll go to about £600.00........$1,050.00 USD
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Old Dec 28, 2006, 8:37 AM   #3
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What kind of nature shots?

You've missed one off your list...

Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM -> £370

Which is very good value.


The next step up IMO should be one of the Sigmas

Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG HSM-> £680

Sigma 100-300 f4 EX DG HSM -> £750

Sigma 50-500 f4-6.3 EX DG (Bigma) -> £720


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Old Dec 28, 2006, 9:57 AM   #4
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Of the ones listed, I'd suggest you check out the prices on:
Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM -> £370
Sigma 100-300 f4 EX DG HSM -> £750
Sigma 120-300mm f2.8
Sigma 50-500 f4-6.3 EX DG (Bigma) -> £720

I know two people who have the 300-800 and they love it. But you are right about the price. It is really expensive... and don't forget - you'd have to add the price of an expensive tripod and head as well. And that could add another £500 as well ($1000 USD)

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I've been thinking of the same issue in the recent past.

I started off with the assumption that I'd buy a Sigma 70-300 APO, which is a good basic lens. This was mainly for general outdoors walkaround and wildlife. Then I borrowed a similarly spec'ed Canon 70-300 from a friend and shot a few pictures of wildlife, and realized that I needed more zoom. That sent me into another tizzy, exploring all the lenses you mention and more. My main concerns with the bigger lenses were that they were either too heavy or too expensive or both.

Ultimately I've compromised on the Canon 70-300 IS USM. The reasons being that despite not having the zoom range, it has many things going for it: reasonable price, great reviews, better IQ than the Sigma I was originally considering, the IS would be useful, etc. If needed I could add a 1.4 TC to it (yes, I'd lose AF). This way, if I used it enough and later could justify buying a better lens I could get something like the Sigma 80-400 OS or Sigma 100-300 f4 (with a 1.4 TC). If I didn't use it enough, I could downgrade to the Sigma 70-300 APO or simply get a walkaround like a Sigma 18-200 or the equivalent Tamron.
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