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Old 22nd of August 2006 (Tue)   #1
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Smile Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM

Does anyone have any experience with the Sigma 100-300 f4?? My long lens is horrible and would like to upgrade. 300 and 400L are a out of my $ zone and I would like a good sports lens. Any other suggestions are welcome as well. Thanks, Jim
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Old 22nd of August 2006 (Tue)   #2
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Default Re: Sigma 100-300 f4

Here is a nice review with pics.

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...00_4/index.htm

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Old 23rd of August 2006 (Wed)   #3
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Default Re: Sigma 100-300 f4

I've seen a lot of positive comments posted about this lens. It should suffice in good light, but the f/4 aperture might be somewhat limiting. Another consideration would be the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. It's a good lens for around 700 bucks that has excellent image quality and lower light capability.
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Old 23rd of August 2006 (Wed)   #4
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The HSM is fast, good for tracking. It very well build. Mine's sharp even wide open but really excels when stopped down a little. It handles TC very well - I got a Sigma 1.4XTC and the results are perfect. Downsides are that it's a little heavy but otherwise it a stellar lens! Runs best with a tripod or monopod. I'll try find some shots...
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Just know you need to shoot in day light and not in night games. Like the 120-300 2.8 its a monopod lens.
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The HSM is fast, good for tracking. It very well build. Mine's sharp even wide open but really excels when stopped down a little. It handles TC very well - I got a Sigma 1.4XTC and the results are perfect. Downsides are that it's a little heavy but otherwise it a stellar lens! Runs best with a tripod or monopod. I'll try find some shots...
Agreed ... I had one. Exceptional lens really.
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163mm, f/11, 1/200sec, ISO100:


Link to original picure: --> LINK <--
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This one's with the TC:

140mm, f/9, 1/320sec, ISO100:
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Old 23rd of August 2006 (Wed)   #9
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Absolutely awesome lens. Sharp at 300mm and very very sharp below 230mm or so.

Two test shots I did recently for another thread about this lens.

300mm f/4:



420mm f/5.6 (Sigma 1.4x TC)


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WOW, thank you all very much....a new lens it is!!!!!
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I like to see some more samples please. There's not many online.
Trying to decide between this and the 70-200mm f2.8
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I wish it came in white.
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Default Re: Sigma 100-300 f4

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I like to see some more samples please. There's not many online.
Trying to decide between this and the 70-200mm f2.8
Here you go.
http://www.pbase.com/cameras/sigma/1..._apo_ex_dg_hsm

About 4,600 photos to look at.

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I like to see some more samples please. There's not many online.
Trying to decide between this and the 70-200mm f2.8
I thought about the 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma, but suddenly found the 100-300mm used for a very good price. Right now I'm glad that i didn't decide on the 70-200mm. 200mm will be to short for birding and wildlife in general. Actually my TC stays on the lens most of the time making it an 420mm f/5.6. But that depends on what you're planning to use it for.

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I wish it came in white.
Well. I'm glad that it's black. I actually like the black EX series finish better than the Canon L's color that screams for attention.
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Default Re: Sigma 100-300 f4

it's awesome. hsm keeps up with a 1d's ai-servo. plenty sharp wide open. VERY well built. i always use mine handheld, but it does require good light, which imo is it's only drawback.
fwiw, i'll be selling mine in a few days, as it'll be replaced with a 70-200 IS (only doing it for the f/2.8 and IS, not because i have any iq problems with the sigma).
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