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Old Mar 27, 2006, 4:34 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I am in the market for another lens to help me at the longer end for sports/nature and looking for some advice.

In my bag I currently have Minolta 17-70mm f3.5-5.6, Minolta 50mm f1.7, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8, on top of thisI also have a 2x Telecon.

I have 2 lenses that I am looking at (other suggestions welcome) which come in at similar prices. What are you thoughts?

1. The BIGMA (Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3)

2. Sigma 100-300mm f4 and a 1.4x Telecon (not forgetting that I have a 2x Telecon that will make this a 200-600 f8.

Thanks for your help,

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 5:28 AM   #2
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In the next week or so I will be getting the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro. I've mainly got it in mind for football matches (don't laugh .... QPR!) and motor racing events, especially MotoGP at Le Mans in May which i'm sooooo looking forward to!

I'll let you know how I get on with it )
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 6:34 AM   #3
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I've been going around with the same problem, although I've been looking at a few additional lenses. From the reviews I've read, the 100-300 is a very sharp lens - maybe even sharper than the Canon 100-400L.
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 7:00 AM   #4
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Hey Ron,

It's a tough one for sure, but at the moment I am really liking the sound of the 100-300 f4. Anyone know what the 2 Sigmas are like re focus speeds?
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if you already have a 70-300 and a 70-200, why would you be looking for another 70-300 lens?in any case, a 300mm lens is not enough, evenwith a 1.4 converter (which will only give you 420mm on a 1.6 crop factor body), for shooting wildlife. i'd say you will need a 400mm at minimum; with an APS-size sensor, that will yield a 640mm equivalent, which isa reasonably good focal length for wildlife, though even that's a bitshort sometimes. if you're shooting a full frame DSLR (you didn't specify what model you have), you'd probably need the converter a lot more often.

i just bought a Sigma EX 80-400 OS APO lens for the Canon 30D i'm expecting shortly. I considered the Sigma 50-500, but it doesn't have image stabilization, and the Canon 100-400L was just a bit too rich for my wallet. i haven't used the lens yet, but the reviews are good, and the people i've talked to who have or have had it say the optics are excellent. it's a bit slower, both optically and in terms of AF speed, than the Canon, but it's also $400 cheaper, and some people say it holds a focus lock better than the Canon...

either way, i would definitely not be looking at another 200-300mm lens...
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For the range/$ I'll go with the Bigma (i.e. 500mm with 'IS'): http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...494961#p494961
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Hi there Mark.

I am glad that you posted because I am looking for the same lens. I own a KM7D and I think at this stage that the Bigma(Sigma 50-500mm) is the go after chatting to a few different people from the local camera stores.

I would love to hear any comments about this lens and whether there is another lens in the same price range that I should consider instead.

Mark...what sort of price range are you looking for with your Sigma?
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 6:08 PM   #8
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For the range/$ I'll go with the Bigma (i.e. 500mm with 'IS'): http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...494961#p494961
i don't believe the Bigma has IS... that's one reason i got the 80-400 instead. the 50-500 has more reach, but without IS, it requires a tripod, and at the long end, it's f6.3, so you're more apt to encounter slower shutter speeds which makes the lack of IS even more critical.
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if you already have a 70-300 and a 70-200, why would you be looking for another 70-300 lens?in any case, a 300mm lens is not enough, evenwith a 1.4 converter (which will only give you 420mm on a 1.6 crop factor body), for shooting wildlife. i'd say you will need a 400mm at minimum; with an APS-size sensor, that will yield a 640mm equivalent, which isa reasonably good focal length for wildlife, though even that's a bitshort sometimes. if you're shooting a full frame DSLR (you didn't specify what model you have), you'd probably need the converter a lot more often.


either way, i would definitely not be looking at another 200-300mm lens...


Main reason I am considering the 100-300 is that it is one of the sharpest lenses Sigma has ever made rather than my Tamron which is slow (f5.6) and a bit soft,also itwill still allow auto focus with a 1.4 and 2x telecon. As I shoot sport and want to start doing more nature I know it will all be a compromise so just weighing up the odds. Also will it not give 672mm equivalent with a 1.6 crop and 630mm on a 1.5 crop.

I am not worried about IS, as I use a KM5D with IS built into the body which will help somewhat.

Having a 600mm f8 with autofocus is interesting to me as this is a 900mm equivalent so that is going to give me plenty or range.

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For the range/$ I'll go with the Bigma (i.e. 500mm with 'IS'): http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...494961#p494961
i don't believe the Bigma has IS... that's one reason i got the 80-400 instead. the 50-500 has more reach, but without IS, it requires a tripod, and at the long end, it's f6.3, so you're more apt to encounter slower shutter speeds which makes the lack of IS even more critical.
I think that NHL has come from another page so noticed I use the KM5D with built in IS.
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Hi there Mark.

I am glad that you posted because I am looking for the same lens. I own a KM7D and I think at this stage that the Bigma(Sigma 50-500mm) is the go after chatting to a few different people from the local camera stores.

I would love to hear any comments about this lens and whether there is another lens in the same price range that I should consider instead.

Mark...what sort of price range are you looking for with your Sigma?


Looking at about £650 - £700 but not too worried as yet...... need to choose the right glass first.

Thanks all and please keep the advice coming!!!

Mark.


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