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Old Jun 28, 2006, 8:03 AM   #1
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Looking to purchase a new lens and having a hard time picking between the canon and sigma. It will mostly be use for my kids sports (soccer, lacrosse).

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Old Jun 28, 2006, 5:40 PM   #2
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It is really hard to compare these 2 lenses as the canon has IS and is $300 more than the Sigma APO.I have the Sigma and really liked it.I have since moved onto a Sigma 100-300 F4 EX DG lens but really did like learning on the APO sigma.

Straight up I would go with the canon if that is in your budget.
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 9:20 AM   #3
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... Well it depends on how you look at it

To some folks IS is really worth $300; However in this case (soccer, lacrosse) I highly doubt IS will do any good with the slower shutter speeds since your kids will be moving faster than your camera can capture...

It'll be great for still landscape no doubt - I would do what Striderxl did and move up to the Sigma 100-300 F4 EX, at least it's a stop faster for the shutter that you might require and with a 1.4x (which you can't do with the Canon): You're effectively getting two lenses! :-) :-) :G
-> it doubles as a 420mm f/5.6 and still holds its own against Canon best primes... :idea:
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 11:11 AM   #4
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I'm with NHL in that I wouldn't really recommend either 70-300 for a sports lens. An aperture of 5.6 really doesn't make for a good sports lens for field sports. I shoot a lot of sports and I would recommend you strongly consider one of the following:

70-200 2.8 plus 1.4x TC - this gives you the most flexibility. You'll get 280mm at 4.0 for good light shots and you can drop the TC and have a 2.8 lens for low light. Either scenario will give you better results than the 70-300 lenses. If you bought Sigma - you could get the whole outfit for $1000 - still $150 less than the Canon 70-200 2.8 WITHOUT TC.

The second option is the Sigma 100-300 f4 which StriderX and NHL are recommending. It is certainly the sharpest solution - but the f4 really limits your ability to shoot low light - and low light can simply be heavy overcast conditions.

If you can't stretch the budget though - I say the IS isn't worth it for sports - buy the Sigma and start saving for a more appropriate sports lens for the long term. That's a better investment of the $300 than going with the Canon - for your intended use you wouldn't likely see enough benefit with the Canon.
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