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Old Dec 27, 2005, 11:27 AM   #1
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Just hoping people can share their thoughts and advise on a lens purchase. I have some extra money from an unexpected Christmas Bonus and my wife is letting me get some lenses. I don't have any current L lenses so I am excited about the purchase but want to buy the right ones since this is the most I have ever spent on lenses. The main uses for these lenses will be taking pictures of people, mainly active but some portraits.

The lenses I am looking at are the:
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L or
Canon 24-105mm f/4L
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Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L

These will be my only L lenses, my main lenses now are:
Wide
Sigma 15-30 for wide (which I love) Great lens.
Canon 18-55 Kit lens - sits in my bag

Standard
Canon 28-135 IS - I like this lens and I use it 80% - Good lens but not fast
Sigma 28-70 f2.8 EX - almost never use - just does not pop the images
Canon 50 1.8 use now and then

Telephoto

Canon 75-300 non USM - This is an old lens I bought years ago. The images are sharp but the lens is slow and the AF is slow. But I don't do a lot of tele work

Any comments an suggestions would be very helpful.
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Old Dec 27, 2005, 2:12 PM   #2
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I have theSigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX and it isvery sharp, you won't see much difference between it and the canon 24-70mm unless you just have a bad copy of the Sigma.As far as the others on your list the 24-105mm seem reduntant you would have that range coveredwith the 24-70 and the 70-200.You might also concider the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX, about the same price as the Canon 70-200f/4. The kit lens and the older 70-300, me I would probably try and get a couple hundred out of them on e-bay.
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Sounds like you are looking forbetter performance in the28-135mm range?

Do you think you might do more tele work if you had a lense you enjoyed? The 70-200 f/4.0L seems to be many shooters first step into the L series. The 70-200mm range is fun outdoors.

If you like shooting in the 15-30mm range you might consider the 17-40mm f/4.0L or the 16-35mm f/2.8L?

I've had the 24-70mm f/2.8L for a few months on a 20D and it has been a tough learning curve. When I have everything right I am very pleased with the results. I've never had the 28-70 f2.8 EX, but have you tried various post processing techniques to get the pop you are after?

Depending on the body, some claim to have enhanced focusing with f/2.8 or faster. Are you set on external flash, if not, consider getting a quality flash unit.

I have it in my head thatmy lensesshould have minimum of f/2.8 for performance issues, regardless of IS claims. I may not always need f/2.8, but when I do it will be there.Regards-
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Old Dec 30, 2005, 12:58 AM   #4
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Definitely have a look at the new Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG Macro. It's a superb lens and it pops.
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No more Sigma for me for awhile. I have the Sigma 28-70 f2.8 EX. This lens will be gone as soon as I find a buyer. I read a lot of reviews and looked at a lot of sample images before I bought this lens, but I just don't feel the pop. I really wish I had bought the Tamron 28-75 f2.8.

I have too much hit and miss with Sigma. I love my 15-30 EX, great lens. But nothing pops on my other lens. Images are ok but not great and the AF speed is just not there.

I did purchase the L lenses and they arrived today. I will say that I am a little worried for my bank account. Now that I have been using 2 L lenses I am not sure I can go back. Build quality and image quality is great, but was is even more astounding is the AF speed.

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Old Dec 30, 2005, 5:35 AM   #6
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You might also concider the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX, about the same price as the Canon 70-200f/4..
Where? Almost every week I see a msg saying you can buy sigma 70-200 f2.8 for the price of canon 70-200 f4, but no body answers when asked, where do you get such a deal? I am in US. Where ever I check there is price difference ofaround $200.

70-200 f2.8 - Sigma for less Price: $ 739.95

70-200 f4 - BuyDig $580 (-$25 rebate) - I have seen lower

I am interested in selling my f4 and getting f2.8.


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Old Dec 30, 2005, 10:44 AM   #7
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bobbyz wrote:
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You might also concider the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX, about the same price as the Canon 70-200f/4..
Where? Almost every week I see a msg saying you can buy sigma 70-200 f2.8 for the price of canon 70-200 f4, but no body answers when asked, where do you get such a deal? I am in US. Where ever I check there is price difference ofaround $200.

70-200 f2.8 - Sigma for less Price: $ 739.95

70-200 f4 - BuyDig $580 (-$25 rebate) - I have seen lower

I am interested in selling my f4 and getting f2.8.
IMO I think Caboose meant the 'accessorized' 70-200 f/4L - the tripod collar (~$130) is extra on the L while the EX came standard with hood, case, and the collar... Sigma4less is $699
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If you don't mind used...I see the Canon 70-200mm f4 sell for about $500 vs a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 for $550. No tripod collar though for that price on the Canon.
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NHL - Wchis $699, I don't see it, it was discontinued from what I know, the newer DG version is $739.

BTW - You don't need tripod collar on the 70-200 f4 lens. It is very light.

Nice thing is that you can buy new 70-200 f4 for $550-$575 and probably sell it for $500. Not with Sigma. Off course, if you do need f2.8, then sigma is the cheapest option.

I think I will bite the bullet and go for 70-200 f2.8 IS from canon.
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Minor detail, but the tripod collar on the Canon is a pain to use - you need to remove the lens from the camera to take it off. On the EX when it's mounted on a stand you just flip the collar open to take the camera/lens with you...

I end up leaving the 100-400L IS tripod collar in the box for the same reason
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