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Old Apr 4, 2007, 12:05 AM   #1
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Can anybody give me some advice for a lens. I am on a tight budget for now. I would like to buy a 70-300 or 75-300. Does not have to be Canon. I have a XTI. I would like to spend between 200-300 dollars. The lenes I have for now are Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 and a Tamron 55-200mm 4.5.6. Probably won't get quailty for this money. Please tell me a good lens for this kind of money. I am going on a two road trip on the coast. Thanks...
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Old Apr 4, 2007, 4:37 AM   #2
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I would say there is not too much choice in your price range which will be the Canon 75-300 or the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG APO (make sure it is the APO) and there is no competition for the results you will get from the two. The Sigma wins hands down and I believe it is quite a bit less in the US than the Canon. The only place that the Sigma lacks is when used at 300mm and the boarder is not overly sharp but that's about it. AF is faster than the Canon and between 70 and 200mm it simply blows the Canon away for resolution and even at 300mm the centre is still a whole lot better.

The only way you are going to beat the Sigma is by spending quite a bit more and getting the Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6IS or the Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX (sharpest tele zoom lens Sigma has made..... very nice but heavy compared to the others mentioned as it is a much higher build quality).

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Old Apr 4, 2007, 8:15 PM   #3
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Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG APO
Mark the sigma also says macro, is that all right. Is the macro part of the description for this lens?
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Yep, I was just being lazy when writing the name down so it is the 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG APO Macro........ I think that is it LOL.
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... and it has that trademark red ring just for fun! :-) :lol: :-)
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Old Apr 4, 2007, 9:24 PM   #6
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yep, not to be mistaken for the 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro (only the APO is missing) which is stripped of the 'lovely' red ring.
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Old Apr 5, 2007, 8:05 PM   #7
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thanks for the advice.
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Why is it so much more important to get the APO lens? What are the practical differences between the two?
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Old Apr 8, 2007, 11:13 PM   #9
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cost wise 15-30(used to new)bucks may be....

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APO (APO Lens)
In order to attain the highest quality images, the APO lens has been made using special low-dispersion (SLD) glass and is designed to minimize color aberration



and if there is something that will improve the lens performance for say 15-30 bucks i wouldnt mind going for it.
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