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Old Nov 10, 2003, 12:41 PM   #1
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Need some objective advice on a trio of lenses I'm thinking of getting. For the most part I tend to shoot nature shots mostly but not small birds etc.

There are three lenses that are in the used department at the local store, all are price at about the same and all are rated 8 or 8- (Canon) from a reputable store...

Canon 200mm f2.8
Sigma 300mm f4
Tamron 70-210 f2.8

Originally I had thought of buying a 70-200 f2.8 and a 1.4X teleconverter next year but now I'm considering the 300mm lens.

Any points for consideration? I'm mostly looking to use this at the long end.

I can only buy one of these.

Personally I'm leaning towards the Canon - and equivalent 340mm f2.8 would be a nice lens to have. I would also be able to reuse my existing 72mm filters which would save some money.

But I'd like some other opinions.

Lenses I have now: 28-105, 75-300, 18-55
Other lens I'm likely to get soon: 50 f1.8
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 12:56 AM   #2
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Canon 200mm f2.8
Sigma 300mm f4
Tamron 70-210 f2.8

Lenses I have now: 28-105, 75-300, 18-55
Other lens I'm likely to get soon: 50 f1.8
I would opt for the 200mm /F2.8 Canon lense. I have one that I love... very sharp... quite bright... still hand holdable.

You already have the range covered with your zoom lenses...

Just my opinion...

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Personally I'm leaning towards the Canon - and equivalent 340mm f2.8 would be a nice lens to have. I would also be able to reuse my existing 72mm filters which would save some money.
It's a tossed up IMO, you'll have the same coverage and wide aperture with 70-210 f2.8. You 'll be trading off some sharpness for flexibility in composing... I prefer the less lenses the better approach and the less of swapping (and carrying gears around)!
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Old Nov 13, 2003, 11:40 PM   #4
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thanks for the advice, but in the end I couldn't use it

the Canon lens was snapped up the next day - less than a day in the store!

the sigma lens was an older model and wouldn't auto focus on newer Canon bodies

so now I have the tamrom zoom. yay!

Only thing now is I have to get a new camera bag that will fit it! Can't wait to try it this weekend, I might have to take a morning off and go hiking just to make sure it works
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