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Old Nov 3, 2005, 5:33 PM   #11
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if thats the case wont the sigma 70-200 f2.8 be a wiser choice??????





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Old Nov 3, 2005, 6:02 PM   #12
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of course the sigma 70-200 2.8 is the wiser choice.. but it is more expensive than either of his choices.. so budget will be the factor here..
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Old Nov 3, 2005, 6:10 PM   #13
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But u guys suggeste 70-200 2.8L. Isnt that costlier than the two he considrered.



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Old Nov 3, 2005, 6:35 PM   #14
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The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX costs about the same (with tripod clamp,hood and fitted case) as the new 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM without...

If you're looking to shoot with a 1.4x TC most of the time then get the Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX instead, this is probably the sharpest lens in the Sigma arsenal :idea:
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that new 70-300 IS is the same price as the sigma 70-200 2.8!!! what a rip-off...
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BTW - The old EF 75-300 IS USM is the most popular lens on Ebay... Ever wonder why??? :-) :lol: :G
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BTW - The old EF 75-300 IS USM is the most popular lens on Ebay... Ever wonder why??? :-) :lol: :G


Probably because it is a horrible lens?

Absolutely wonderful discussions here. And I would like to thank Terry Reiber for a very lengthy email on the subject. Also to Dustin, as I am a transplanted St. Louis native. And everyone else for their input.

I think at this point I will go with the 70 - 200 f4L. Yes, it is slow glass but I want to be able to carry it around, shoot slow moving things, and not go bankrupt. The Sigma does look like an excellent value as well. The thing is I want to double my rebate through Canon after getting the 20d.

If stepping up to the 2.8 was a matter of a few hundred dollars I would do it now. But it is essentially double my budget. The 4L seems to have the fewest compromises.

I love Steves reviews and I'm glad I ventrued into the forums. Nice group of people that are willing to help someone new.

Thanks again!

Edit: As long as I'm taking up everyone's time with lame newbie questions:

Can someone recommend a larger backpack for all this gear? I'll be carrying the 20d w/ lens kit, couple extra batteries, some cards, and the 70 - 200 lens. Oh, and I'm a bigger guy, so I don't want it looking like a fanny pack tied to my back.

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you may look into the trekker seriesfrom lowepro.. pretty good sized bags with plenty of options.. one of these should fit your needs rather nicely..

http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Backpacks/allWeather/
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I have the mini-trekker AW backpack and it's pretty nice at a reasonable price. I manage to stuff the following gear into it:

20d with battery grip

Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX lens

Canon 17-40L lens

Canon 28-135 lens

Canon 50mm 1.8 lens

Canon 100-400L lens

Sigma 500 DG Super flash

Omni bounce

Rain cover for camera/lens

Assorted cf cards, lens filters, cleaning supplies

The addition of the 100-400 really bumped up the weight though :-)

But it is also sized to fit as carry-on on an airplane - some of the larger bags are not.

It has a rain cover attached to the bottom that you pull out of a pocket to cover the pack - very handy!
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as far as camera bags go, another option is the Tamrac Velocity 9. you can wear it like a backpack but can swing it around to get to your gear without taking it off. I get my 20d with sigma 70-200mm attached in it, with room for four other lenses plenty of CF cards, backup batteries and and a filter or two.
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