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Old May 3, 2006, 12:20 PM   #11
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Together with Canon 100-400 I've rented 'Bigma' during the weekend. My impression is that 50-500 is just to heavy. Again, depends how confortable you want to be when taking pictures. There are people that do not mind carring golf-carts with them. I don't like that way.

I found that difference at the long range (400 vs 500) is less obvious than difference at the low range (50 vs 100). I did number of shots at far end and did not see much of a difference in quality (sharpenss). But again, I didn't use tripod (used balcony door as a support).Bigma was quite AF fast. I do not know about 80-400. Is it really that much slower than 100-400? Only thing I hate about Canon is not being 70-400 instead of 100-400. Now I need another lens to cover 70-100.

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Old May 3, 2006, 12:51 PM   #12
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... My impression is that 50-500 is just to heavy...
Are you talking about the weight up front when the lens is 'extended'???

-> because the difference in weight between the 80-400 OS against the 50-500 is less 100g (i.e. ~3oz) less than the weight of the tripod collar when you take it off! :?


Another option may be the Tamron 200-500 which is lighter (alas no HSM though), and then add the new 70-200 f/2.8 Sigma Macro :idea:
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Sigma is about 2kg and it is heavy comparing to Canon which about 1.3. I know that Sigma 80-400 is also heavy as any other Sigma lens. On the other hand, the best lens is the one that you have and what I have right now is Canon 75-300/4-5.6 USM II which is plastic light-weight tourist lens. Do the job for the pictures in good light (contrast) conditions.

I usually hold any long lens at the other end with my left hand (making sure it is focused first) and than take picture so balance is not an issue.

I wouldn't mind Tamron but 200-500 would require another 70-200. I am traveling to Europe this summer and when you add up the fare from Canada, rental and other cost together with my new photo equipment it is a quite a $ number so any lens purchase will have to hold for couple of months. Plenty of time for research!
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