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Old Dec 30, 2006, 9:35 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, 9:53 PM   #2
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I bought the 120-300 f/2.8 with my orignal 10D actually - Great lens and actually sharper than Sigma own 300 f/2.8...

Not the best picture by any mean, but just to illustrate what this lens can do worst case - About 8:00 PM in the evening: low-light, low-contrast and with a 2x teleconverter @ wide open (600mm f/5.6 in single-shot AF)






-> I didn't get to pick the time, but this is about the moment before sunset when theses guys decided to roost back to their nest... :lol: :-) :G

... and in good light all with the 10D: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11
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Old Dec 30, 2006, 10:56 PM   #3
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For some time now I have favored the 120 - 300 2.8 lens over any other 2.8 lens and thanks to you for turning my interest towards this lens. The shots you've taken and posted have been absolutely amazing.

Even in spite of the noise in thisshot, the lens can still push out a sharp image.If you look close enough you can see asparkle in the eye of the bird you focused on.
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You're welcome - I've seen some of your stunning close-up indoor sport with this lens too and surely I wouldn't mind framing them on my wall either...
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Really, NHL - sigma should pay you a finder's fee. You've been responsible for selling a few of us on this lens, and the 500 dg super flash as well Certainly greatful for advising this excellent lens which I've used for about 8 months and it's been fantastic.!


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What makes the Sigma 120-300 mm f 2.8 so good? Any problems with the lens?



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Old Dec 31, 2006, 5:49 PM   #7
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This link will take you to a swim meet I covered a little while ago. I shot using the Canon 20d, and Sigma 120 - 300 2.8. It is bar non the best zoom lens made.

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=82
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Really, NHL - sigma should pay you a finder's fee. You've been responsible for selling a few of us on this lens, and the 500 dg super flash as well
Really - Considering Canon massive advertising budget (and what I've spent already on their gears...) What's the fun in following the crowd to the same Canon store? Actually I've been also working on selling a few Metz lately: :-) :lol: :G
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=53



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What makes the Sigma 120-300 mm f 2.8 so good? Any problems with the lens?
I can see two problems with this lens:
1. It's non-white (so it'll always be look down upon)
2. If you buy it from a reputable store then the USA warranty is 4-years which is only 4 times longer than my L's
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Old Jan 1, 2007, 10:39 AM   #9
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What makes the Sigma 120-300 mm f 2.8 so good? Any problems with the lens?



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Jerry - The only 'problems' with the lens tend to occur when people compare it to the Canon 300 2.8. I've spoken to a few pro sports shooters that used both - and the Sigma is slower to focus in low light conditions. There also appear to be more occurances of focus accuracy among copies of the lens - but the veracity of the focus issues is hard to confirm. My only copy focuses just fine.

What makes it so good is that it's 300mm and 2.8 - there are only 3 lenses for Canon mount that have those 2 characteristics - The canon 300mm 2.8, the Sigma 300mm 2.8 and the 120-300 2.8. AND, it's also a zoom - which means you can shoot with a single body. If you're shooting with a 300mm prime for sports you need a second body (usually with 70-200 2.8). And, it's still extremely fast focusing - from the pros I've discussed the topic with, the Canon 300mm 2.8 is the fastest focusing telephoto out there - so the fact that the 120-300 comes up short in comparison against it (at half the cost of the canon lens) shouldn't be surprising.


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some sports shots with the 120-300:


















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