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Old May 11, 2004, 5:58 PM   #1
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I am ready for a 500mm to use for hummingbirds and wildlife. It could be a zoom or a prime. after buying the 300D, 70-300 and a flash i am kinda low. What is the best for the money?
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Old May 11, 2004, 6:57 PM   #2
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Tamron has a new Di lens coming out this month. 200-500mm. Should come in around a grand. Other than that, Sigma 50-500 is about that price. If you're looking at primes, the Canon will set you back about 5 bills or more.
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Old May 12, 2004, 10:43 AM   #3
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Wouldn't the Sigma 50-500 makes the EF 70-300 quite redundant! :-)

Also the EF's 70-300 (in any kind of shape or form) are not one of the best optics out there... contrary to the Sigma 100-300/4 EX IF HSM which is extremely sharp even with a matched 1.4x TC.
http://www.naturephotographers.net/je1001-2.html

IMO you don't need both lenses how about eBaying the 70-300? :idea:
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Old May 12, 2004, 10:55 AM   #4
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Now that I think about it, the "best deal" for a 500mm lens is a mirror lens. You can get russian made ones very cheap that are amazingly sharp. But other companies make good ones too.

They have limitations, though. Most are manual focus (but you can find AF ones.) They are fixed aperture, so you'd better have good light, and they produce weird background in the shot (instead of being kinda smooth they have octogon shaped patterns in them... some hate it, some like it.)

If you can accept these downsides they can be very good quality, they are very small and very light. Very easy to travel with.

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Old May 12, 2004, 11:19 AM   #5
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Can you really see that well to focus at f/8 ? :sad:
... Let alone the shutter speed you'll have to work at...

http://www.sigma-photo.com/html/pages/600_8.htm
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Old May 12, 2004, 11:28 AM   #6
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Check out the Sigma Telephoto 500mm f/4.5 EX APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS

This Sigma APO 500mm f/4.5 EX is an Apochromatic ultra-telephoto lens with a fast f/4.5 maximum aperture, and it incorporates two Extraordinary Low Dispersion glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum. Internal focus enables responsive and fast autofocus speed. A rotatable drop-in filter holder in the rear part of the lens barrel facilitates the use of filters including a polarizing filter.


$ 3,399.00 at B&HPhoto
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The question was best for the money.. they are shockingly cheap, so that means their quality can be lower. I agree, f8 is harsh (I think a few are faster, but not many.) And a few of them have AF, so you can avoid the mamual focusing most of the time.

But ohenry is right. That Sigma lens is very good, if you can live with a prime. I've heard some very good things about it (and seen very good photos.)

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I agree with ohenry...... the Sigma is sweet..... wish that I had one!

http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/sc/pr...p?id=744523226
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