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Old Feb 8, 2010, 7:44 AM   #1
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Default Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG vs Canon USM

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I have a Rebel XT, looking for a long reach daytime lens, and was thinking of either the Sigma APO DG 70-300 or the Canon 75-300 III usm. I am on a budget of around $200, it is going to be more of a kick around outdoor wildlife, etc lens. Would appreciate your opinions thank.

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Old Feb 8, 2010, 7:52 AM   #2
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The Sigma 70-300 APO and the Tamron 70-300 Di LD are both better than the Canon 75-300 III. Another good option in your price range might be the Canon 55-250 IS.
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Well, if you want wildlife shots you'll need all the reach you can get. 300mm is too short so I would toss out the 250mm. Of the 3 remaining lenses(Tamron 70-300, Sigma 70-300 and Canon 75-300), the Tamron is the sharpest. But keep in mind, 300mm is rather short for shooting wildlife so keep your expectations realistic.
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I have someone from work who said they would sell their sigma 70-300 apo dg for $130,,,,think it a decent price?
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The going rate on the used market appears to be about $90 (see keh.com, bhphotovideo.com). That's the problem with budget lenses they don't hold their value very well.
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I have someone from work who said they would sell their sigma 70-300 apo dg for $130,,,,think it a decent price?
You can buy a brand new Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di Macro for only slightly more (around $165 at most vendors now), and you can find a used lens for less.
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