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Old Mar 15, 2005, 2:53 AM   #1
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Okay, so I really am bad at choosing lenses :lol:. I was looking around, and I can get the 70-200 f/4L lens for about $580. That and the kit lens (18-55) would cover me from 29-320mm, which is all I really need currently(or will need when I actually get a 350D:G). Is the 70-200L a good lens as far as focus speed and ease of use? I have only heard good things about its quality.
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P.S Why does the lousy tripod collar have to cost $120!??!?!?!:shock:
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 2:04 AM   #2
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Okay, so I really am bad at choosing lenses :lol:. I was looking around, and I can get the 70-200 f/4L lens for about $580. That and the kit lens (18-55) would cover me from 29-320mm, which is all I really need currently(or will need when I actually get a 350D:G). Is the 70-200L (f/4)a good lens as far as focus speed and ease of use? I have only heard good things about its quality.
Any feedback welcome.

P.S Why does the lousy tripod collar have to cost $120!??!?!?!:shock:
Anyone? I thought this was a pretty common lens. . .
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 5:21 AM   #3
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might want to try doing a search on it... lots of discussion in this lately... For the same price you can get a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX HSM... which INCLUDES a tripod collar...
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 5:05 PM   #4
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might want to try doing a search on it... lots of discussion in this lately... For the same price you can get a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX HSM... which INCLUDES a tripod collar...
The cheapest I can seem to find it for is $664 (from Abes of main) while the 70-200f/4L is about $100 less (guess thats cause it doesn't have the tripod collar:lol B&H isn't letting the Sigma go for any less than $799, while the Canon is $579. I doubt that I really NEED the extra stop from the sigma, so I will probably just go with the Canon. . .its a tad sharper anyway:G
Thanks for the input
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 9:37 PM   #5
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... I doubt that I really NEED the extra stop from the sigma, so I will probably just go with the Canon. . .its a tad sharper anyway:G
Aren't you comparing apples against oranges? Isn't the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX HSM get a tad sharper anyway when you close it down to f/4? :?

The real question is can you open an f/4 up to f/2.8 or are you stuck?
How about enabling the more accurate focusing with f/2.8 lenses on the 20D/higher-end camera?
What about the 'Bokeh' of an f/2.8 compared to an f/4?

-> You should really compare the Sigma against the Canon 70-200 f2.8L!
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 9:47 PM   #6
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I have to agree with NHL here, the extra speed of the sigma is well worth the extra $100 bucks or so.
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 9:56 PM   #7
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Good advice again...
I agree that the Sigma is well worth the small extra cost, and that tripod collar comes in handy!
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$579 + $120 = $699 :idea:
What about the case? :G
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$579 + $120 = $699 :idea:
What about the case? :G
LOL, okay okay okay, I will look into the Sigma some more:blah:
Anyone know how the focus speed would compare between the two lenses?
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Adorama has the Sigma for $699.

I cant say about the speed of the Canon, but the Sigma isnice and faston my 20D.
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