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Old Jan 15, 2007, 1:49 PM   #1
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Any opinions on the Tamron AF 70-300 f4-5.6 Di LD lens. I am going to replace my Sigma 70-300 APO with a new lens and the Tamron is one choice but I have never used that brand. My Sigma lens is about worn out after four years of hard use including some not so good conditions, i.e. dust, flying gravel and heavy smoke etc. I shoot a LOT of outdoor sports- soccer, baseball, demolition derbies and air shows plus documenting fire scenes -structural, wild fire and training.

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Old Jan 15, 2007, 7:07 PM   #2
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I have not used this lens on my Canon but before I changed brands I had this lens on my Konica Minolta 5D and it was pretty good, possibly better than the Sigma (I tried them both out and it was my fave). If shooting a lot of outdoor sports I would suggest getting something fastersuch as a 70-200mm f2.8, the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 or if budget does not allow the 2nd option then the Sigma 100-300mm f4. I know all these are going to be a lot more expensive than the Tamron however they quality gain is going to be very noticeable.
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Old Jan 15, 2007, 7:46 PM   #3
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Mark thank you. This is going to be a within budget buy (I am also in the process of updating my computer system) so I am limited to a certain amount. I am still undecided between Sigma, Tamron and Tokina. Just as a note I also have a Sigma 170-500 APO Zoom that I use a lot.
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Old Jan 15, 2007, 7:53 PM   #4
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If you can afford the Sigma120-300mm f2.8 then I would go for it, it is the next lens that I willbe going for and hope it is now only a couple of months away!This is quite a bit sharper than the 170-500 (even when used with a 1.4x telecon which takes it to 168-420mm f4 it is still sharper).

Edit - might have read that wrong, I though you were saying that you had the budget for the 120-300 but looks like you meant the other options.... oops!!
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Old Jan 17, 2007, 7:27 PM   #5
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How was your Sigma in regards to sports? Do you have any shots that you can share?

I'm in the same boat, and leaning towards the Canon 70-200 f4.
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Old Jan 17, 2007, 7:29 PM   #6
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90% of the shots on my website are with the Sigma 70-200 f2.8.

www.photographysmith.co.uk
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Old Jan 17, 2007, 9:00 PM   #7
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Check my website at

http://www.k1par.com

scroll down to the MVI Photo Gallery.The soccer, baseball and Little League photos are shot with either the Sigma 70-300 or 170-500. Just about a 50-50 split between the two lenses.
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Old Jan 18, 2007, 6:42 AM   #8
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How's your budget with the Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX?
It's the sharpest lens in Sigma line up and really fast for Sport even with a 1.4xTC it'll get you to 420mm f/5.6 (but cost less than a 70-200 f/2.8 + TC):
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=82

This lens is an EX with real metal construction and lasts much longer than the composites! :idea:
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Old Jan 18, 2007, 9:44 AM   #9
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My budget looks to be under $400, normally the price of the 100-300 f4 lens would be within range BUT!!! I badly need to do a computer upgrade this year. My current one is hitting the 4 year old mark. I plan to do a large guts and feathers upgrade including going from a 15" CRT to a 19" LCD monitor, much larger HD (when I bought this thing 40gb was a good size, not amymore), new video card and I have already doubled the RAM and added a DVD-RW drive, oh yes I plan to add an internal multi-card reader. Thanks for the info guys, really appreciate it.


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What about the newer Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro? It's been on the market for a little less than 2 years, I believe. I just got one with my Rebel XT and have been pretty impressed, especially for the $200 price tag.

Here are some shots I have taken with it recently:







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