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Old Dec 1, 2014, 6:40 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for Telephoto Zoom for Canon 6D

I've recently purchased a Canon 6D, so far I'm loving it. Now that I've sold off most of my old gear, I'm looking to purchase a new lens. Right now I have the 24-105 and the 50mm. I really want to replace my Sigma 10-22, but I think I can get by with my 24-105 for any wide angle shots.

So, that leaves me looking for a telephoto zoom lens. I have been looking at the Canon 70-200, but I think I would want that IS and f/2.8 for the speed and low light abilities. Unfortunately, it's quite a jump out of my price range. What other lenses do you recommend. I've always been a fan of the Sigma line, just wondering what others would recommend, or should I just settle for the Canon 70-200 f/4 Non-IS? or what about the Canon 70-300 f/4 IS USM?

I'm just really confused and totally undecided. I think I've read too many reviews...
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Old Dec 2, 2014, 1:16 PM   #2
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If you're not into speed then this one also is a good alternative:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
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The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) ($769) that NHL mentioned is not stabilized. The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD ($1,399) is stabilized and it's better. But Tamron's image stabilization tends not to be worth more than a stop or two, while the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM ($2,149) is better still, and its stabilization is good for 3 or 4 stops. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM ($1,099) is not quite as good as the $1,399 Tamron, but it has better stabilization, almost as good as the Canon.
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I looked at canon's 70-200is f2.8 and sigmas. I liked both lenses but they were heavy I went for the canon 70-200is f4 in the end and that has traveled the world with me. in the end it is just one stop. if that makes the difference then go for the 2.8 if not the f4 is a great lens
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It really comes down to what you want to use the lens for?
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I have the Canon 70-200 F/4 and like it a lot.

Can get them used for $500-600.

I must say that F/2.8 Sigma option looks good, for a few hundred more.
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It really comes down to what you want to use the lens for?
It would be for traveling. Landscapes and wildlife. I'm just more tossed between IS or non IS. I don't want to have to always carry a tripod, especially when hiking.
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telephoto for landscape and wildlife are two very different things. For most wildlife (and you mention hiking), 200mm is woefully short. You're better off with something like the 100-400 for wildlife - especially on the 6d. But, the 100-400 isn't a small lens (of course neither is a 70-200 2.8 - I have both in Canon). Of course, you mentioned in your first post needing it for low light work - obviously 100-400 isn't going to be great for that. In short, you've got some conflicting requirements here
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Old Jan 20, 2015, 2:16 PM   #9
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Yes, I know I originally said in low light, but I've really thought about it and my purchase towards a telephoto lens will be more for travel purposes.
I thought about getting one that would serve both personal and 'business' purposes, but that obviously isn't ideal.

So, the main purpose of the lens would be for travel. I should also mention I do have the 24-105.
Right now I can get my hands on a used Sigma 50-500, but I'm slightly concerned with its' reviews on image quality. Any suggestions?
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