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Old Jun 18, 2006, 6:51 AM   #1
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I've been researching for quite a while now whether to buy the canon 100-400 or the Tamron 200-500. I had a Tamron 28-300 and was totally unimpressed by it. It's images were soft and disappointing.

The reviews of the canon 100-400 aren't all that hot either (like they are for the Canon 70-200 L 2.8).

Can anyone recommend one lens over the other based on actual experience?

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Old Jun 18, 2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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I'm trying to make the same decision. It would be nice if there were a comparison review of the Tamron 200-500, the Canon 100-400 and the Sigma 50-500 ( and maybe the 170-500). FRom what I have read, I might be buying the Tamron, but I'll be interested in the replies here.
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Old Jun 18, 2006, 2:29 PM   #3
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Try this site:

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html

I just sold my canon 75 - 300 IS. I don't have the money to get the sigma 120 - 300 2.8 so I'm seriously considering getting the sigma 100 - 300 F4. I thought seriously about the 100 - 400 L but have some doubts about the slowness and the push pull zoom.
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Old Jun 19, 2006, 7:55 AM   #4
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I've been researching for quite a while now whether to buy the canon 100-400 or the Tamron 200-500. I had a Tamron 28-300 and was totally unimpressed by it. It's images were soft and disappointing.
The Tamron 28-300 is not really in the same league as the other lenses you mentioned - There is always a big compromise in designing such a wide ratio (10x) lens while keeping the cost low... so it's not at all suprising by your observation

I've seen a lot of excellent images in the wildlife forum with the Tamron 200-500 and I shoot with the 100-400L in that forum as well so do check them out. Now if you need a 500mm then a 400mm definetely would not cut it - The other competition to the 200-500mm is the Sigma 50-500mm with HSM: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/image/43917016/original
-> The Tamron advantage is it's lighter and slightly less costly, but do not come with HSM

With regard to the 100-400L there's a also a Sigma 80-400 with optical stabilization as well, and a new very light entry from Tokina: http://www.thkphoto.com/news/news-pr032906.html
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I'm trying to make the same decision. It would be nice if there were a comparison review..
Forget "reviews," go look at real pictures:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 5:53 PM   #6
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I would recommend the 100-300 Sigma EX F4.I have this lens and is is awesome.I havent used it to the extent that I would like to but I have taken a few real nice shots with it.It is also not bad for carrying around even though it weighs over 3 lbs.



here are a few of the pics I have taken -










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Old Jun 21, 2006, 7:21 PM   #7
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I recently started another thread asking about the 100 - 400 IS L verses the Sigma 80 - 400 OS. I got loads of good advice (thanks!). I couldn't afford the Sigma 120 - 300 F2.8 so I went with theSigma 100 - 300F4(ordered). If I can match some of the photos I've seen posted, this lens will serve me well.I can either get a longer lens or use a teleconverter (1.4) for longer reach if I need to. Thanks for everyone who responded.
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IMO It's hard to go wrong with the Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX

This is a good compromise with the f/2.8 @ half the weight for only 1-stop sacrifice...
It's also one of the sharpest lens in the Sigma line up and will stand up again any comparable prime!
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Old Jun 21, 2006, 9:13 PM   #9
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NHL,

You're one of the responders who helped me make an informed decision. I already have the Canon 70 - 200 F4 L, Canon 28 - 135 IS and I'll soon have the Sigma 100 - 300 F4. If I concentrate on getting the best possible photos at F4 and above, I can get similar results at a wide range of focal lengths using these three zooms. Since I have the 5D, the 28 - 135 is much more useful to me now. I do a lot of event photography so this is a pretty good complement of lenses for my arsenal. I also have the 1.8 prime for special portrait work.

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