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Old Mar 29, 2006, 11:11 PM   #21
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Old Mar 30, 2006, 6:34 AM   #22
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Jees,

Another railroaded thread NHL. The guy asked the question about 70-200mm lenses. Its not hard to understand.

A 120-300mm was not asked about in the original thread because he also wants the lens for shots of his kids. I doubt he would want to move so far away as to make that lens effective in that situation.

What an ego!
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Old Mar 30, 2006, 8:21 PM   #23
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Jees,

Another railroaded thread NHL. The guy asked the question about 70-200mm lenses. Its not hard to understand.


So what don't youunderstand??? :-) :lol: :G

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Last night I shot some picture of my sons music concert, I used my old film sigma lens, 75-300mm f4-5.6 DL. I was actually surprised with some of the pictures, some came out nice... ... If you added the 1.4x onto the 120-300 wouldn't that take a bit away from the picture? After using my lens last night, I find I still like the long range. Any thoughts on this, if it makes sense.
-> The guy just lost his 300mm coverage with a 70-200mm going down from hiscurrent75-300mm f4-5.6 DL :idea:

(+ now he has to take an extra step to mountthat 1.4x TC... and makes it a slower lens!)

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 1:39 AM   #24
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Thought I had my mind made up (Sigma) and someone said no, go with the Canon.

Now I need a little more help to make up my mind once and for all.* If money wasn't and issue, which for me it is, but I'm willing to go for it.
Get a Sigma Bigma! 50 to 500mm's of range, it's built
like a tank, weighs as much as a tank, and has fine glass
to boot with no purple fringing problems! Everytime
you just pick up this piece of glass, you'll be reminded
that it is serious! It's amazing. :-)

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 2:02 AM   #25
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The Sigma 120-300 has the longest range, but you give up the wide end by a good amount and you gain a lot of weight.
Weight on quality glass is actually a GOOD THING I think.
120 to 300mm's is not a very usable range and is limited.
A Bigma 50-500 and it's ridiculous range is effective
and it weighs a ton not needing "IS" because it's so heavy.

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Old Mar 31, 2006, 7:32 AM   #26
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Weight on quality glass is actually a GOOD THING I think.
120 to 300mm's is not a very usable range and is limited.
A Bigma 50-500 and it's ridiculous range is effective
and it weighs a ton not needing "IS" because it's so heavy.

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Wayne,

I'm not sure I agree with this statement. Much depends on the intended use for the lens. As a wildlife lens I think the bigma is a good middle grade lens - good optics and great range. But as a sports lens, it suffers from the same problem as the Canon 100-400mm - the 5.6. Want to shoot at night under lights? Sorry you can't - 5.6 is too slow. Want a nice background blur on your sports shots to isolate your subject? Sorry - only possible if the subject is really close.

So yes, the bigma is a very nice lens. It's just not a very good 'individual' sport lens (by that I mean where the subject is a human not a car or similar where panning gives you the blur).

As for the Bigma not needing IS because it's so heavy - That statement doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Think Canon puts IS on their 400mm 2.8 lens because it's light? I don't think anyone can make a case that a heavier lens/camera reduces camera shake when hand held.

Also, we have to go back to what the original poster wanted - sports and shooting their kids. A big heavy lens is just not useful for that situation. That's why a 70-200 2.8 is still the best alternative for the original poster's stated needs.
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Old Apr 4, 2006, 5:17 PM   #27
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I suspect the 135mm f/2L (216 in digital) may be the lens you are looking for.

Fast, sharp as a tack, brutally honest rendition of color and excellent bokeh. The 85mm f/1.8 pales in comparison to this lens.

Definately in a class by itself and an absolute cinch for indoor sports.

Here is a $35 rebate if you are buying new.

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/app/pd..._ClaimForm.pdf

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Yip,

Just scroll down and see what is in "the most popular products"..
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Anybody know what the best deal out there ison thecanon70-200mm f2.8L IS? Probably none. It's ok to roam off the original post, I have taken a bunch of things into consideration from posts that have recommended other lenses, but in my case, like LBOY said, a long lens wouldn't be too good for me especiallysince I take alot of different pictures of my kids. One of my sons was pitching inbaseball game recently and I was using my old 28-80mmfilm lens and it just wasn'tlong enough, that 70-200 would of been just right. I have a old Sigma 75-300mmbut every time Iwent to shoot with that, the error 99 pops up, I know it needs to be re-chipped or thrown out. I'm ready to crack the safe this week and get my Llens. Baseball season is upon us and I cant wait any longeror I will missto many nicepics w/the kids on the field.

Thanks again for the posts and help,

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