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Old Jun 26, 2008, 2:37 PM   #31
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Sorry - still TORTURING myself - I want the XSi but am having a real tough time justifiying the additional $300 over the a300. Without the Sony offers its only $100 but the Sony does have the $200 off and 2 lenses.

I missed a Wolf camera promotion for $749 on the XSi - it's on sale now for $799 with 18-55 is lens. If I could get a decent up to 300 zoom for it all in under $850 (the sony is $899 before offers) I think I would pull the trigger.
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 2:58 PM   #32
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... If I could get a decent up to 300 zoom for it all in under $850 (the sony is $899 before offers) I think I would pull the trigger.
The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO and the Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro both go for less than $200, and are both better than the Sony 55-200.

This doesn't really help you since they're both available for both the Canon and the Sony, but they'd be stabilized on the Sony.

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Old Jun 28, 2008, 12:09 AM   #33
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Are they the faster motor type, faster focus I guess?- I can't tell from the descriptions but I think Canon calls them USM (?) - not sure what Sigma would call that same type of focus
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Sigma calls it HSM - and no it doesn't have it. Both it and the tamron will be slow to focus compared to sigma HSM or Canon USM lenses.
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Old Jun 28, 2008, 9:14 PM   #35
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Ended up with the CSi and kit 18-55 - picked up the Canon 75-300 for $99 even though I know it isn't what I "need" figured I couldn't lose muc even if I sell it when I can geta better lens, at least I can play some in the sunlight with it.

Thanks again to eveyone who gave advice and information, it is appreaciated...

now to the lens forums ;-)
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