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Old Aug 16, 2005, 9:46 PM   #1
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I am in the process of acquiring a Rebel XT digital SLR to replace my point and shoot Olympus for photographing (outdoor) high school crew races. My biggest motivation is fast focusing and operation, in addition to high quality images. On the other hand, the photos will mostly be viewed on the web or printed out 4x6 inches. I doubt many will be enlarged. I need to decide between the Canon 70-200 f4.0L lens and a less expensive alternative like the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. Because the boats go about 10 mph, I need a long zoom that can focus quickly. With the 70-200 x 1.6 I would probably be doing some mild cropping that would be unnecessary with the 70-300. I can spring for the L lens if necessary, although the Sigma lens would leave more in my budget to get a better short lens, such as the 17-85 IS or the 24-85 USM in lieu of the 18-55 kit lens. I will have little need to go wider than 24 x 1.6 mm. Suggestions?
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 3:28 PM   #2
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you could probably get by with the sigma 70-300 APO DG.. and you would have the added bonus of picking up a nice mid-range zoom... of the two mentioned i would opt for the 17-84 IS if financially feasable.. you may also check out sigma's 18-50 2.8 DC..
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as far as your image resolution goes, even though you say they will mostly be viewed on the web or printed 4x6, I would still recommend shooting at the highest resolution. it is much easier to shink the size of your files for the web. But if you do get that really great picture it's nice to have all the resolution you can get.
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Old Aug 23, 2005, 7:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. I am now thinking about the new 70-300 f4-5.6 IS. The IS with panning would be helpful especially early on regatta days or zoomed all the way out. Pricey, though.
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Old Aug 24, 2005, 1:05 AM   #5
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If you are considering the 70-200f4L, or the Sigma 70-300, I would reccomend the Sigma 70-200f2.8 and perhaps a 1.4x tc if you find you still need to crop. Mostly because its fast, affordable, and you could get up to 400mm with a 2x if you still decided you wanted more reach. Its a bit hefty, but you can handhold it pretty easy without the tripod collar in daylight.
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Too big a piece of glass for this task. I don't need f2.8 for outdoor racing, and depth of field wide open would only allow focus on one of the nine rowers. Plus I shudder to think about carrying around this lens all day in the Florida heat.
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Oh yea, I hear that! The new 70-300 even sounds a little dissapointing, so I think the 70-200 f4L is probably a good bet, and a 1.4x tc won't add much weight either.


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Old Oct 18, 2005, 9:57 PM   #8
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Idecided on the new Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS lens for distance and theCanon 17-85 IS for shots of the rowers when not racing. I got the Canon Rebel XT for my camera body. After one race I am happy with my choices. I found the 70-300 IS to be quick to focus and fairly light. The ability to go from 70mm to 300mm without adding a teleconverter is much appreciated. Other serious photographers at the race were using everything from Nikon SLR's with Sigma and Tamron lenses toa Canon1DS body with a 100-400mm L series lens. The owner of the latter swore she was an amateur.Here is a race picture with the 70-300 IS at 115mm and f8.
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I also shot this spectator enjoying the Miami Beach sun at 300mm and f5.6 with the Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 IS lens. He decided to take a swim before I could try other settings.
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