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Old Apr 25, 2007, 7:05 AM   #1
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I'm looking to add a little more range to my photography.

The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5 looks to be a nice affordable option.

Any comments before I buy?
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 7:43 PM   #2
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What sort of thing are you looking at shooting as that might make a bit of a difference?

There are two options on this the APO and non APO, the former is the better of the two if you are going down this route.
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 8:15 PM   #3
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Simply for my creative side. I can't get close enough to the wildlife with the kit lens.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 4:47 AM   #4
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It will be an acceptable budget start but if you can afford it get the APO version as it is better quality. If you really want better reach and quality take a look at the Tamron 200-500mm but it is quite a bit more (to say the least) money.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 4:53 AM   #5
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Budget is the key factor here.

I've spent £600 on my camera this month. I can't go crazy on a lens just now.
£100 is my limit.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 5:03 AM   #6
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LOL.... that's understandable. I've used the 70-300 non APO in the past and it is OK and will give you the extra range, I would suggest stopping it down to about f5.6 when at 70mm and f8 at 300mm to get better results.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 9:31 AM   #7
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The 70-300 tele lens for Canon goes like this:

Sigma 70-300 APO Macro for 200€
Canon EF 70-300 USM IS for 600€
Canon EF 70-200L F4 USM for 650€ and 200€ for 1.4x (280mm)
Canon EF 70-200L F4 USM IS for 1100€ and 200€ for 1.4x (280mm)

If you need f2.8 through the range, and don't mind 2 kilos lens, you go for Sigma 70-200 f2.8 DC HSM Macro for 860€, or Canon 70-200L F2.8 USM for 1100€ or Canon 70-200L F2.8 USM IS for 1700€.

I'll go for 200€ choice for the start, it's very good value for money. Also 70-300 USM IS good value for money, including stabilization.

Nevertheless, Sigma 70-300 APO is great lens to start learning with. Has good range, nice optics, alothough slow autofocus, but quite useful even in AI Servo AF mode. It has very nice bokeh and can be used for shooting portraits. It's quite good lens from all up to 200mm, but above 200mm needs a stop down in aperture (f8-f11).

Consider buying "plastic fantastic" EF 50 f1.8 II, it is 80€ or less. Quite nice lens for portraits, or lowlight. Can learn lot with it.

Both of these lenses will teach you how to use equipment and help you find out your future needs.
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Old May 1, 2007, 2:52 AM   #8
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I opted for the Tamron 70-300 f4.
There are many stunning samples online taken with the Tamron on a Rebel, where most of the Sigma samples are average.
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Old May 9, 2007, 3:37 PM   #9
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For web size you just cannot tell difference between lenses of 200 or 2000€.

Another issue with budget lenses is they are often being used by beginners. Actually I was surprised what is 70-300 APO capable of. It's truly great 70-200 f4-5 lens, and quite usable 200-300mm f5-5.6.

I will give you some 1200x800 resolution examples from my collection.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...vrabac1280.jpg
300mm f5.6, actually the worst you can get with this lens. Also you get top range bokeh, with 200€ lens.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ture/konji.jpg
300mm f8

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ture/patke.jpg
90mm f8

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2.../galebcopy.jpg
250mm f5.6, smaller size, crop

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l242/n1dza/APO/G4.jpg
300mm f10, crop from center

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...APO/surfer.jpg
200mm f5, crop

Come on, under 500€ there's no other option then Sigma 70-300 APO.

At the end, little gift, also shot taken with 70-300 APO, just couple of days ago.
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...g/bikerpan.jpg

Just tell me that APO suck? I just miss f2.8 at 200mm, and Image Stabilization, but it's 1500€ more.
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At the end, little gift, also shot taken with 70-300 APO, just couple of days ago.
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...g/bikerpan.jpg

Just tell me that APO oops? I just miss f2.8 at 200mm, and Image Stabilization, but it's 1500€ more.
-> Another perfect example of why people who say one needs mode 2 IS for panning are full of beans... :sad:
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