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Old Apr 16, 2006, 12:14 PM   #1
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I'm in the position to buy eithera Canon 100 - 400 ISL or the Sigma 80 - 400 OS. I've actually held the Canon and found it to be veryimpressive in spite of the push pull zoom. Since this will be the last lens I purchase for a long time, I want to make a good choice. I have only Sigma and Canon lenses. I currently shoot with either a 20D or 5D. I shoot weddings and event photography as a side business. I would use these lenses mostly for wildlife and some modeling. I don't think they will be that great for sports or most modeling photography because of the small maximum F stops.

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 7:01 PM   #2
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Bill,
I have been going back and forth with this choice for some time now. I'm kinda leaning towards the Sigma right now, but that has changed several times in the last several months. Look:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65 , http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65 , and http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65 .

I've been looking at photos from both lenses on the net for a good while and, although it's not scientific, a larger percentage of the photos from the Sigma appear sharp. The Canon focuses faster and has the push/pull zoom, (which I personally like). I have not been able to try either lens, so it will still be a tough decision.

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 8:53 PM   #3
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... I would use these lenses mostly for wildlife and some modeling. I don't think they will be that great for sports or most modeling photography because of the small maximum F stops.
-> This lens would be the 120-300 f/2.8 EX, especially for outdoor modeling a 300 f/2.8 is a must!!! :-)

I realize the Sigma does cost a little more but my 100-400L is not as fast in AF as the HSM in the 120-300 EX when tracking birds in flight - might as well get a lens that would do the job (both jobs)...
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 7:59 AM   #4
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NHL,

I'm still trying to decide. I was leaning towards the120-300 f/2.8 EX,lens you just recommended, but it had a not so good review on the photozone review site.

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i have the Sigma 80-400, and am very happy with it. it's a large, heavy lens, but optical quality is excellent, AF works well, and the stabilization is superb. some say it doesn't focus as fast as the 100-400L, but no one can tell me how much slower it is, either. obviously it's not enough to be a problem. and the $400 price difference saved me enough to pay formy Tamron SP24-135, which is proving to be an excellentlens!
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I'm still trying to decide. I was leaning towards the120-300 f/2.8 EX,lens you just recommended, but it had a not so good review on the photozone review site.
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If I've read all the reviews and followed everyone recommendations my bag would have been filled to the brim with L lenses...
Problem is the EF-300mm f/2.8L costs twice as much so I had to compromise and I do have a few L's already! :lol: :-) :G

I normally don't post picture of people on-line, but imagine if this was one of your model instead (with the 120-300 f/2.8 EX):

As for sport (with panning): http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...c.php?id=30682

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NHL if you could guarentee that all of our pics would look like yours I would think that Canon Ls might be fogotten.LOL



Your pics are simply amazing and as soon as I buy my 100-300 Sigma I hope to be able to post pics like that someday.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 4:06 PM   #8
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Imagine how much your 100-300 f/4 Sigma is of a bargain: :lol: :-) :G
1. Less than 1/2 the cost of the 120-300 f/2.8 EX
2. 1/2 its weight
3. And as sharp as a comparable prime (if not better)

What do you give up in return? 1-stop :idea:
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NHL i was just reading in Pop Photo about what several photographers actually carry in their light bags and 2 of the 4 (Art Wolfe and Linde Waidhofer) actually dont carry any 2.8 lenses in there bags when they need to travel light.Art Wolfe carries 3 F4 lenses(17-40 f4L,20-200 f4L,and a 400 f4 DO IS and a 2x extender) and even more amazing is Linde Waidhofer only carries 1 L and also carries a Sigma(Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6,Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS,and a 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS and a canon 2x extender) so all these guys who need 2.8 and Ls might not need them.



Hoping to get my 100-300 f4 Sigma this week as I just went out and scoped out a new trail to follow later this week.
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... Linde Waidhofer only carries 1 L and also carries a Sigma(Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6,Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS,and a 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS and a canon 2x extender)...
I have all 3 of thoses lenses already - What do I do? I went out and get the missing piece! :lol: :-) :G
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