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Old Apr 13, 2005, 2:31 PM   #1
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I plan on purchasing one of the lenses listed in the coming days. I have searched this forum and read many comments concerning both. I also did the same on anoher forum as well.



Current camera/lenses:

10d; 24-85mm; 50/1.8 MK II; 75-300/f4-5.6 (all Canon)



I really don't shoot anything indoors (sports, plays, etc...) that would require the speed of the Sigma but the extra stop never hurts just in case. Since all I have used is Canon lenses I have no experiences with Sigmas. I have also read that thef4L has had issues when used on the 10d; specifically backfocusing/soft on left side of photo. I fully realizethat anyone can receive a defective product at any given time from any manufacturer. With that said it seems theF4 has been troublesome on a rather frequent basis when it comes to the 10d. Basically, I want a "warm fuzzy" before choosing between the 2; I hate the thought of having to send one back!! The extra cash for the Sigma is a non-player as well but just to let everyone know I can't afford the 70-200mm/f2.8 from Canon (wife would kill me). I sold her on the 2 listed on the basis it will help improve gas mileage....LOL!!!

Any help/suggestions/samples will be greatly appreciated.
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 4:35 PM   #2
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I own the Canon 70-200F4/L and consider a great lens. I have even shot indoor basketball and the lens worked great. I moved the ISO settings to 800 on my 20D. I do not hesitate to recommend this fine lens. I also own a Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) lens and really love this lens for outdoor photography.
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 4:41 PM   #3
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I am glad to hear it's capable for such events. I have no problem shooting at high ISO with the 10d due to its ability to keep the noise down when high. I will say that is one thing I love with he Canon DSLR's; makes them very versatile.


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Old Apr 13, 2005, 5:43 PM   #4
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This link is of my 20d and 70-200 lens.

http://www.pbase.com/gibsonpd3620/20d_samples
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 6:00 PM   #5
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gibsonpd3620 wrote:
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This link is of my 20d and 70-200 lens.

http://www.pbase.com/gibsonpd3620/20d_samples

Great photo's!! I do like the lens but the focus issue with the 10d has me a little worried. Of course one can "what if" a topic to death and I guess that's what I am currently doing...LOL!! I shot some photo's of the Colts/Denver playoff game at Indy with my 75-300, indoor lighting of course, and actually got a few good pics. I was in the nose bleed so I didn't get many close-up shots. I was a little surprised that that lense was able to perform "decently"in those condiions. I had to push the ISO up but like I said, that's a non issue with me. I am sure the f4 would have done much better.
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 9:16 PM   #6
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I picked up a 70-200/f4 L used at my local camera shop. The price was reasonable and I planned to prove to myself that this L stuff was mostly hype and then resell the lens. What a mistake! The 70-200 L is a fantastic lens. It's relatively light and very well balanced on my 20D. Pictures are sharp enough to compete favorably with my 50mm/f1.4. I also bought a 1.4X extender which works great with this lens. I haven't tried the Sigma but you won't go wrong the L. The Sigma also weights a lot more.
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Old Apr 14, 2005, 3:17 PM   #7
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Well, I just placed my order for the Sigma 70-200/f2.8. Wow, I never thought deciding on a lens would be so tough!! I will admitt I'ma bit leary going with the Sigma vs. the Canon but I went with the reviews and most bang forbuck on this one.Somethingtells me that I will inevitablyfind myself in a situaion where the extra stop is needed.Of course I would then bepissed Ichosethe Canon because I wouldn't be able to use it in said situation. Hopefully I will get a good copy with no issues. Wish me luck!! I will post a few pics of wildlife once I get receive it.I just know I will get better gas mileage now....LOL!!
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Congratulations on your decision. My advice now - DON'T LOOK BACK! Both are great lenses and both have outstanding optics. I have the Sigma and can tell you you will be very happy with your choice. Looking forward to some of your posts.
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Old Apr 14, 2005, 5:07 PM   #9
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Ditto - One can always make an f/2.8 lens an f/4, but one can't force an f/4 -> f/2.8
... plus don't forget the better 'bokeh' which comes for free with the faster lens! :-)

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Wow, GREAT pic!! I can't wait till it arrives;it should be here on the 18 Apr.
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