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Old May 26, 2005, 9:51 AM   #1
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I have friends with both Nikon and the Olympus cameras and lenses and i have a canon. On the whole our photos are similar and i believe it depends on editing software more than the camera. Can anyone really pick the difference?
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I know some people who can pick the difference, but they actually pick it because of the "style" of the image not the lens. If you look at enough "out-of-camera" shots of the various cameras you start to see trends in certain colors or ways of exposing certain scenes.

As to the lenses.... no, I don't think people can do it. The only visible attribute that one might recognise is bokeh and I doubt some could tell that except when it's produced from a mirror lens.

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Well, I dunno about the three in question, but you can certainly tell the difference between an Oly 50-200 and Sigma 55-200.
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so which of these three brands would have the nicest lenses?
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Well I don't know, but you can also tell the difference between the Sigma 100-300 EX and the Canon EF 100-300 USM
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I don't know anything about the sigma lenses but Im considering a sigma zoomlens that goes to 400mm being as it is cheap in comparison to the canon 100-400 usm IS lens that I really would love to own. However that being said Im really happy with my 100-300 usm as quite a number of people have thought that my photos were taken with an L lens so it cant be too bad at all.
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Well, I dunno about the three in question, but you can certainly tell the difference between an Oly 50-200 and Sigma 55-200.

so how do they compare?
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Well, I dunno about the three in question, but you can certainly tell the difference between an Oly 50-200 and Sigma 55-200.

how bout they compare the oly 50-200 to the sigma 70-300 APO.. [or the 70-200 EX ]

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about that 80-400 sigma (i am assuming you mean this one).. optically it is a very sound lens and is every bit in the league with the canon 100-400L.. one thing to keep in mind though is that it is not HSM, so it will not focus silently, nor as fast as the USM canon or the HSMs from sigma.. if your subjects are not moving 100s of mph then that is not a big issue.. but if they are, or you need dead quiet.. i propose a new option.. why don't you check into sigma's 100-300 EX f4.0.. with the 1.4 teleconverter you get a nice 160-480 with a constant 5.6.. and it is THE sharpest lens in the 300mm zoom category.. bar none..

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Well, I dunno about the three in question, but you can certainly tell the difference between an Oly 50-200 and Sigma 55-200.

how bout they compare the oly 50-200 to the sigma 70-300 APO.. [or the 70-200 EX ]

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about that 80-400 sigma (i am assuming you mean this one).. optically it is a very sound lens and is every bit in the league with the canon 100-400L.. one thing to keep in mind though is that it is not HSM, so it will not focus silently, nor as fast as the USM canon or the HSMs from sigma.. if your subjects are not moving 100s of mph then that is not a big issue.. but if they are, or you need dead quiet.. i propose a new option.. why don't you check into sigma's 100-300 EX f4.0.. with the 1.4 teleconverter you get a nice 160-480 with a constant 5.6.. and it is THE sharpest lens in the 300mm zoom category.. bar none..

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about that 80-400 sigma (i am assuming you mean this one).. optically it is a very sound lens and is every bit in the league with the canon 100-400L.. one thing to keep in mind though is that it is not HSM, so it will not focus silently, nor as fast as the USM canon or the HSMs from sigma.. if your subjects are not moving 100s of mph then that is not a big issue.. but if they are, or you need dead quiet.. i propose a new option.. why don't you check into sigma's 100-300 EX f4.0.. with the 1.4 teleconverter you get a nice 160-480 with a constant 5.6.. and it is THE sharpest lens in the 300mm zoom category.. bar none..

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Thanks Dustin, I already have the canon 100-300 usm lens which I find sharp. I like the silence for wildlife so I kind of want to stick with that kind of lens butwhat Im looking for is more reach and even something that goes to a 500mm or 600mm would be great and I guess I would not need the usm quite as much as i would be further away.

I find my canon 100-300 usmquite a good lens, the shot below was taken as the bird shook the lizard and it was handheld so it's not bad at all and you have to take into account the photo has been compressed for the net.


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