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Old May 12, 2005, 5:41 AM   #1
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I am planning on shooting a lot of action golf shots, sometimes from relatively close, but sometimes from a way away. Some will be static with lots of scenery, but others will be actions with lots of movement (hands, club, golf ball etc)...

Suggestions and advice really welcome (I currently have the 10-22 and 17-85 EF-S lenses).

I guess i'd like to spend anywhere from $400-$800 but if I can get the same results at the lower end of the budget, so much the better!

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Old May 12, 2005, 7:30 AM   #2
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Since you have those two lens id definatly recommend the 70-200 f4 L lens. This would cover telephoto and give you some great action shots.

Have a look around these forums and you'll see heaps of photos taken with it.

Id think at 90% of people would recommend this lens.
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Old May 12, 2005, 12:12 PM   #3
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also consider sigma's 70-200 ex f2.8.. its closer to the higher end of your price range, but is a stop faster.. and using the 1.4 tc, you can stretch it to 98-280 f4.0...

also consider sigma's excellent 100-300 f4.0 if you plan on using it more on the higher end of the zoom, as it will best pictures taken with the 70-200 w/ 1.4 tc..
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Old May 13, 2005, 5:15 AM   #4
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OK, I am beginning to narrow it down! Looks like either a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 or the Canon 70-200 f4.

Is the speed difference going to make a difference in outdoor golf/sport shooting? Is either more suitable for non-tripod work?

Finally, do I blow my budget and buy the Canon 70-200 f2.8 with IS? Is the IS going to help, or will it actually slow down my ability to point-and-shoot?

Again, thanks for all the advice, I really appreciate it.

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Old May 13, 2005, 5:27 AM   #5
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Unless the Canon EF EOS 70-300mm DO IS is the solution?
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that will set you back alot of money, and the only reason for that is its more compact(its a DO).

id go the Sigma 70-200 f2.8.

having said that, buy whatever you are comfortable buying.
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FJ,

There's a couple of long threads here about the 70-300 DO.

I have one and love it. Others wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, preferring lenses that I think would be better mounted in an observatory. :blah:

I think the arguments for and against are laid out fairly well in the existing threads so there's no need to repeat.
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for alot of handheld work where portability is an issue.. i think the 70-300 DO IS would be a great option..
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I think "peripatetic" has it right. You need to do a gosee and actually handle some of these lenses to see which you might like to use.

I was all hopped up on the sigma 120-300 F2.8 until I actually handeled it. At 2600grams (5.7 pounds) I suspect it would be rather unplessant to have to carry in the bush :roll:
For me hauling the 70-200 F2.8 and a TC was big & heavy enough. :blah:

The 70-300 DO is tiny by comparison, and very easy to cart around.

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well you can always think of carrying these "portable observatories" as exercise.. get your cardio from walking and your weightlifting from carrying and shooting a 120-300 2.8, all while taking wonderful pics of your local wildlife... who needs a gym...
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