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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #1
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Default Sigma APO 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG MACRO

hello,

I am looking for a budget zoom I can possibly lug around for a year to see how useful the range is to me before jumping on a Canon 70-200 F4 IS or 2.8IS (depending how useful I find it & cash constraints!)

I read in a couple threads that this is a great budget telephoto,

for anyone that has this, could you please post some shots you took with this lens? both good and bad.

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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

The Sigma 70-300 is quite a step down from Canon IS 70-200 zooms. I don't own any of these, but I can tell you that they're a world apart.
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #3
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All shot with the Sigma 70-300 APO. Great lens and was very handy for what I wanted...
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #4
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

I shot the following with the sigma 70-300mm APO DG MACRO:

http://picasaweb.google.com/prothert...15130095779858

I like it. I think it is the best of the budget zooms. To get better, you would need to get the 70-300mm IS or the 70-200L. They are more than double the price.
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #5
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

I like it, it is sharp and light and good for semi macro. Images are lot sharper at full size, but downsampled for the web.

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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #6
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

The motion ones seem a little soft....whereas the still animals are much more sharp...

I have seen other GREAT results with this lens so it may be handshake or maybe a bad copy...
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #7
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The Sigma 70-300 is quite a step down from Canon IS 70-200 zooms. I don't own any of these, but I can tell you that they're a world apart.
I am well aware the difference is leaps and bounds. but If I am not going to find the use out of the 70-300 I don't need to drop the additional 1000$-1800 on the canon white lenses.

thanks for the samples everyone

keep them coming!
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #8
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

Iagree that the Sigma is a world apart from the Canon IS 70-200, but with a choice between $1700 and sub $300 for the Sigma APO 70-300, the "budget" part of the question sure comes into play. I am also looking at the Sigma lens, also a Sigma 17-70. LOL, I wish I could ignore price, but I am retired and also must buy budget.
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

That is good logic and I followed it myself. If you do upgrade then you will lose little on a resale. Unless you buy SH then you will lose more buying an L if you find you don't use it much. A good lens. I had one.
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I'm too lazy to bring up the other sample pics threads but I'll tell ya, I wa always impressed by my 70-300 APO's performance. Works great for still life or bright sunny says. It needs to be stopped down about 1 1/3 stops and it's good. Just slow...
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #11
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

at this range, it will be used outside pretty much all the time.

the cost of this lens is about $320CDN

finding it SH in Canada would be a tough find.

some of the pics posted above I cant see (blocked at work) I will check em out when I get home.

how is the sharpness of this lens? i have a 50 1.4, I know the sigma will come nowhere near it, but will I be fairly dissappointed in the sharpness of this lens?

how does it compare to the canon 75-300 (for those with experience or knowledge of the 2)
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I was very nervous getting the Siggy 70-300mm bu like you wanted to try a tele without dropping $1k+ on a lens that I wouldn't use. I love it. I wish it had IS, but I love it. I was surprised at the sharpness of it much better than I had expected - even at 300mm. It was one of those things that I researched thoroughly and kept coming up as the best option of the sub$500 category. And I got mine used so it didn't cost much at all! Very nice choice and will suit me well until I can get my 70-200mm f2.8 IS (not for a long time as I just don't use teles that often and can't justify that cost)...

Oh - and the 50mm 1.4 is rarely off my camera. So that's the sharpness I'm used to. Maybe I just got a great copy? Everything I read rated it much higher than the Canon 75-300... (as long as I'm thinking of the right lens...)
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at this range, it will be used outside pretty much all the time.
Hey Blam. Fellow Edmontonian here! I just went through deciding between this lens and the Canon 70-200 f4/L non IS. I picked up the Canon for $765CAD so the lens is a bit more than 2x the cost of the Sigma.

As you said, you will be using this range for outside use... if it is daylight then I think you would do well in getting yourself the f4/L non IS as you would be able to get more than fast enough shutterspeeds, even handheld.
I ultimately went with the f4/L because if I got the Sigma I would have always had it in the back of my mind that my shots could have been just *that* much sharper with the Canon. Plus you say that you would eventually get the F2.8/L IS or F4/L IS so why not save yourself the trouble of reselling the Sigma at a loss and get a lens that is comparable in IQ to the IS lenses when used in proper lighting conditions?

All imho of course. Good luck!
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Old 22nd of January 2007 (Mon)   #14
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

slug: cash flow is another argument....I want something long at the moment, but don't know if I can ever justify the F4 IS.

also wanting to buy a wide angle lens for travelling...as well as a walkaround (24-70)

maybe more time will help me decide. or finding a used sig 70-300.
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Default Re: Sigma 70-300 samples please

Got a slip through the door today to say mine is at the post office, and will be picking it up first thing tomorrow. Hopefully get some pics up soon.
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