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Old Jan 10, 2004, 10:06 PM   #1
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I am looking at three different lenses. The EF 75-300, EF 100-300, and the EF75-300 IS.

I was wondering what lens would be the best for high speed shots? Also what would be the best for landscape shots? In your opinion is the IS helpful?

Pricing is $185, $260, and $420 respectively.

Would anyone recomend any other lens?

Thanks for the help, as always I appreciate any input/comments.
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Old Jan 11, 2004, 11:01 AM   #2
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The best lens for high speed shots is the one with the largest aperture (f-stop of 2.8 or closes there too.)

Optically the 75-300 IS isn't considered very highly. I don't know about the non IS version.

The 100-300 is either f5.6 (not very good for high speed shots, but you can raise you ISO to compensate) or f4.5-f5.6. Same deal. Optically the f5.6 version is supposed to be better (from the review sites I checked.)

Sigma makes a 100-300 f4. I don't know the cost, though. The Sigma 120-300 f2.8 is well liked, but expensive. Very expensive, I believe (I don't recall the actual number.)

What will you use the lens for? That is the only way to say which is good for the job.

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Old Jan 11, 2004, 1:10 PM   #3
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The Sigma 100-300 EX (which I am about to buy) is about $750-840 in most places. The 135-400 is nice, but nearly twice the price. I've had good success with my other Sigma EX glass (15-30) so I think I'll be safe on this one (and less expensive).
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The Sigma 100-300 EX (which I am about to buy) is about $750-840 in most places. The 135-400 is nice, but nearly twice the price.
Ditto, I agree...

IMO the ∑ 100-300 f/4.0 EX is a much better buy since it also has HSM (Ultrasonic drive) which is fast and quiet as compared to the older non-EX 135-400 f/4.5-5.6 (it's also rated higher than the EF 100-300mm f/5.6 L): http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#Ztelel

Beside with a ∑ 1.4x EX Apo Tele-Converter it becomes a 140-420mm f5.6 Tele-Zoom
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the sigma 120-300 f/2.8 costs an average of $1900.

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Considering a Canon 300mm f/2.8 is $3899, a Tamron 300mm f/2.8 is $2999, and a Sigma 300mm f/2.8 is $2199... The EX 120-300mm f/2.8 is actually a bargain! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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But the Canon 300/f2.8 has IS. Sorry, I couldn't resist :-)

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