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Old Dec 30, 2006, 10:34 PM   #1
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I utilize Canon equipment, Canon 10 D and I'm looking for a good prime or zoom lens either the Sigma 120-300 mm f 2.8 or the Sigma 300 mm f 2.8 lens to use while photographing sports, wildlife etc. The reason being is, Canon lenses are to expensive and out of my budget. If anyone uses these lenses I would appreciate your advice and reccomendations on which would better suit my needs for the use on a Canon 10 D. Happy New Year in 2007 and God Bless!

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Old Dec 30, 2006, 11:24 PM   #2
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I'm sure you will have a few words of advice from several of us who shoot sports as pros or just for fun butone very important question we all would like to know is what kind of sports will you shoot mostly? Are you able to physically get down close to the action or do you have to reach quite far focally to have the action come to you?


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Old Dec 31, 2006, 1:27 AM   #3
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One of our local newspaper photographers uses the 120-300mm Sigma 2.8 to shot High school football. He says he loves it and his images are clear. Wish I could afford it!

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Old Dec 31, 2006, 3:31 AM   #4
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Unless you are going to be shooting at 300mm all of the time I would go for the 120-300 to get the flexibility. This is the lens that is at the top of my list to purchase however it is very slightly weaker (less sharp) than the 300mm but in my opinion that is made up for by having the zoom. JohnG uses this lens to great effect and I'm sure he will comment when he wakes up.

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Old Dec 31, 2006, 7:54 AM   #5
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Mark1616 wrote:
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This is the lens that is at the top of my list to purchase however it is very slightly weaker (less sharp) than the 300mm but in my opinion that is made up for by having the zoom.
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The 120-300 zoom is actually sharper than Sigma own 300 prime (which is older in design - " I called Tom Sobey at Sigma to report my findings. He confirmed what I had experienced. Sigma's optical engineers have produced a 120-300mm zoom lens that does in fact outperform their fixed 300mm lens. Wide-open I would say that it is noticeably sharper than the old 300mm f/2.8 fixed Sigma lens."):
http://shutterbug.com/equipmentrevie.../0204sb_sigma/

-> In fact you'll have a harder find to get the 300 on the market than the 120-300 because the zoom is more popular - Also check it's MTF @ f/2.8 on Photozone against Canon best the EF-300 f/2.8L - you'll be surprise at the result when wide open

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Old Dec 31, 2006, 10:53 AM   #6
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Yep the 120-300 is a winner. No doubt about it. About 90% of the Canon 300 2.8 at half the cost. I used it all spring, summer and fall and love it.
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