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Old Oct 28, 2005, 3:59 PM   #1
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First off, hello to you all as I am a new member



Phew that's the intro's out of the way !



Now being a newbie to DSLR's what a nightmare it is deciding on a camera, will it be the Canon 350d or will it be the Nikon D70 or D70s. Anyway when it cam down to it I felt there was little choice on the subject as all the info you received from websites were individuals that were bias to one make or the other. I think I came to read between the lines that the Canon was very good a studio types of shots were as the Nikon was a good all-rounder. So I went for the Nikon based on this and because the Nikon build quality fell way above that of the Canon, but this is from a novice.



Then came the other nightmare……. Lenses !!! Ahhhhh, guess you all know what a nightmare it is choosing an additional one.



So I'm going to ask some advise, but it's simple if you know the answer. In a sentence SIGMA;



70-300 APO Macro Super 11

APO Macro

APO Macro Super DL



What the heck is going on, even the sigma site is a total head banging affair. Can someone please explain the 3 for me. As I have the 1:4-5,6 D APO Macro pictured below.



http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y74...969/sigma2.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y74/rps_1969/sigma.jpg



Can someone help explain a little to me before I rush out and buy what I think is a better but lesser lens.



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Old Oct 29, 2005, 6:31 AM   #2
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you have purchased a good quality camera



there are two types of lenses: prime (fixed focal length) and zoom (variable focal length)



in each type there is cheap or good or 'pro level' quality



as a general rule of thumb a prime lens is superior to a zoom lens



any zoom range in excess of 3X is probably going to produce inferior shots



stick to manufacturer's lenses and keep the zoom range to a minimum



eg; 35-80, 50-150, 100-300 (a 50-500 range lens will not give excellent results at

ANY setting)



also you will needone FAST fixed 'normal' lens (50mm f1.4)
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Old Nov 22, 2005, 2:45 PM   #3
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Nice tip!!! I was looking for an advice like this one!!! Thanks!!!

I was almost making the mistake of purchasing a large zoom lens!
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 3:24 PM   #4
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I agree with the generalizations about zoom lenses however: Sigma makes a 50-500 zoom that's world known for it's unusual sharpness and useability. So don't discount all zooms in excess of 3X range as it's simply not always true.
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Old Dec 11, 2005, 7:30 AM   #5
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I'm with stevenyc1...I own a Sigma 50-500mm DG. I spent months researching and looking at examples of the photos shot with the lens. With proper use, the "Bigma" will reward you with excellent photos. PS...a good quailty, solid tripod is a must. Woody
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 2:24 AM   #6
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eg;* 35-80,* 50-150,* 100-300* (a 50-500 range lens will not give excellent results at

ANY setting)
Much of your post made perfect sense until the Bigma reference, which I have to differ. The Bigma when used properly can provide fantastic results from end to end.:-)

It's good glass, but slower since it provides such a vast range. I'm very happy with the quality of build and abuse it can take too. Here's some of my Bigma pics... http://www.flickr.com/photos/wbirch/

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Old Dec 17, 2005, 2:38 AM   #7
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You will love the Sigma APO 70-300 SMII. It's macro abilities are a nice plus. It's very reasonably priced and
a great starter (and sometimes pro) lens. I use the Bigma
primarily now, but the APO 70-300 comes in handy for
shooting tight macro shots of butterflies and the like.
Can't lose for the low cost of it. :-)

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Old Jan 6, 2006, 7:13 PM   #8
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HI

I want to add a set of sigma lenses to my Nikon D50 but I am affraid that the 3D matriz metering wont work on a sigma lens. Do you have any experience on this subject, Have you checked this with your sigma 70-300 APO macro. Thanks.


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Have the lense. Good telephoto starter for me. I like Sigma's metal mounts over Tamrons plastic.
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Old Jan 27, 2006, 5:50 PM   #10
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rps_1969 wrote:
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So I'm going to ask some advise, but it's simple if you know the answer. In a sentence SIGMA;

70-300 APO Macro Super 11
IMO you'll be hard pressed to find a better lens for this price...
The photographer is more important than the lens - http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/browse?id=23210


Someone also mention its 'macro' capability:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=79
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