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Old Jun 18, 2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking for some advice on a new lens. In a few weeks I will have the opportunity to travel to Germany and France and was considering the canon 28-300 3.5-5.6 lens as a one lens does all solution. I also shoot alot of my kids at various sporting events and was looking for some extra length as well. Particularly for youth football and soccer in the daylight.

I currently have a Sigma 24-70 f2.8, a Sigma 70-200 f2.8, and a canon 85 f1.8 that I use for indoor sports and every thing else.

Is the 28-300 going to do all I want as a walk around lens and still be long enough to use for sports or should I consider the canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 and use a coulple of lenses on my trip? How does the sharpness compare on these two lenses? Is the 100-400 a good choice if standing right on the sidelines?

I have also looked at the Tamron 18-270 and the Sigma 28-300, but most reviews seem to indicate that the focus is to slow for sports. Is there another lens I should be considering. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old Jun 19, 2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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I personally think that the 28-300 is too much of a compromise lens for what you are considering. Yes it would probably do a good job(if a little heavy) while on your trip to Germany and France however after that it is not a good sporting lens. I've used the 100-400 for shooting sports in the past and it did a pretty good job so it is worth considering.

As for standing right on the sidelines, this is nearly always where you want to be for sports shooting.

Forgetting your trip for the moment and focusing on sports I would personally go for the Sigma 100-300mm f4 over the Canon as it is really sharp and fast to focus. If you think you will want to shoot under the lights at some point then the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 is a better option but not cheap.

It's a case of weighing up your priorities as none of the options are cheap.

I will leave it there for now and let others chip in.
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Old Jun 20, 2009, 11:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Mark,
I appreciate your comments and have been leaning that way since finding some similar comments on some older posts I found.

Concerning the Sigma 100-300 f4 and the Canon 100-400, is the Sigma enough better to give up the extra length the Canon would offer? Is the constant f4 aperture a significant advantage?

I appreciate your help.
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Old Jun 20, 2009, 5:32 PM   #4
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It is a tough decision and one that I wouldn't like to have to make as like both lenses, but if I was mainly doing sports then I think I would go Sigma and if mainly wildlife then the Canon. The Sigma will take the 1.4x TC (use Sigma or Canon) very well making a 140-420mm f5.6 when you need the extra length.

Not sure if that really helps or not as both lenses do a good job.
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Old Jun 23, 2009, 12:29 AM   #5
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What camera are you going to be putting the lens on? This can make a big difference depending on if you are going to be using a full frame sensor (5D, 1Ds Mark II) or an APS-C sensor (20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, Rebels).

Just my 2 cents.

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Old Jun 25, 2009, 11:33 PM   #6
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The lens if for a 40D. In addition to the question of which is the best sports lens between the canon 100-400 or the sigma 100-300 f4 for daytime football, I'd like to add another question.

I'm considering a wider angle lens to go with my sigma 24-70 f2.4 or to replace it as a walk around lens. I am looking at the canon 17-55, canon 17-85, canon 17-40, or the sigma 17-35. I'm wondering how these would compare to my sigma 24-70. Advantages, disadvantages of each?

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If you are staying with crop cameras then the 17-55 is a great lens and used by many wedding photogs who work with APS-C. If you are going FF then the 17-40 is good but being only f4 you are losing some low light performance.
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I have been looking for a good wide lens as well for my 40D. Since my wife has a 5D that I use once in a while (when I can get my hands on it), I am not sure if I am going to go with a "Digital Only" lens or something that can be used with both. If I stick with just the 40D, I am trying to get as wide as I can, perhaps the 10-22 lens from Canon, Sigma or Tamron. I also thought about going with something in the 17 range and then get a wide angle adapter if I needed to go wider.

I like the Canon 17-55, being 2.8 and having IS would be a big plus but I would like more of an all around lens like the Tamron 18-270. Has anyone heard or tried out that lens yet?

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Hi all.
I'm looking for some advice on a new lens. In a few weeks I will have the opportunity to travel to Germany and France and was considering the canon 28-300 3.5-5.6 lens as a one lens does all solution.
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How about looking at something in the 18-125/18-200 range? These make good walk-around lenses specially on crop sensors if you are looking for a one-size-does-it-all lens.

I use a 18-125 most of the time on a 500D.
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