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siggy 120-300 2.8 vs 300 2.8

 
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Aug 22, 2010 22:33 |  #1

Im planning on buying a very fast long telephoto for my sporting events (soccer, baseball, american football) and i am deciding between the Sigma 120-300 2.8 NON DG used or the the canon 300 2.8 NON IS used as well. To make it clear i cannot afford these lenses new unfortunately :(. This will be a real investment for me and want to keep this lens for at least a decade :) (ok thats a little long, but i want to keep it a long time). I like the 120-300 siggy as it gives me the flexibility of a zoom, but it is way heavier than the canon weighing 10 pounds vs 6, its image quality is a zoom and although very good, when i go to a 1d or maybe full frame i want to be able to use a tc to gain that extra range. I also have a 70-200 2.8 L and have toyed the idea of picking up another body too, that way i would have a 70-200 and a 300 2.8. but right now im still saving up for these two monster lenses. The sigma is 400 cheaper than the canon right now used and it is a slightly higher condition at keh, the siggy is rated Exc, and the canon is bargain. (according to their scale thats only 1 step apart).
Also will the non dg work on my 7d, will the dg have some compatibility issues that sigma has had in the past? Does canon still accept repairs on the older 300 2.8 non IS.


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Aug 22, 2010 22:41 |  #2

Camera Nerd wrote in post #10769552 (external link)
Im planning on buying a very fast long telephoto for my sporting events (soccer, baseball, american football) and i am deciding between the Sigma 120-300 2.8 NON DG used or the the canon 300 2.8 NON IS used as well. To make it clear i cannot afford these lenses new unfortunately :(. This will be a real investment for me and want to keep this lens for at least a decade :) (ok thats a little long, but i want to keep it a long time). I like the 120-300 siggy as it gives me the flexibility of a zoom, but it is way heavier than the canon weighing 10 pounds vs 6, its image quality is a zoom and although very good, when i go to a 1d or maybe full frame i want to be able to use a tc to gain that extra range. I also have a 70-200 2.8 L and have toyed the idea of picking up another body too, that way i would have a 70-200 and a 300 2.8. but right now im still saving up for these two monster lenses. The sigma is 400 cheaper than the canon right now used and it is a slightly higher condition at keh, the siggy is rated Exc, and the canon is bargain. (according to their scale thats only 1 step apart).
Also will the non dg work on my 7d, will the dg have some compatibility issues that sigma has had in the past? Does canon still accept repairs on the older 300 2.8 non IS.

Canon will not repair the older non IS version. The Canon 300 f2.8 IS is a much better lens than the siggy. The Canon lens is one of Canon's best lenses. If you try one you will buy it!!


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Aug 22, 2010 23:52 |  #3

The 120-300 is a great lens. Lens rentals did have problems with it's AF breaking but they suspected it was how they were shipping it.

Canon does not service the older non-IS version.

Is 300 f4 IS an option?


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Aug 22, 2010 23:57 |  #4

When I shot Nikon I tried the Nikon 300 2.8 VR against the Sigma 120-300 f2.8. I used the lenses for events, concerts, sports and travel. After using both for about half a year I sold the Nikon and kept the Sigma. The Nikon had VR and a little better IQ, but the zoom of the Sigma was just to versatile for me in many situations. I found myself leaving the Nikon at home and keeping the Sigma in my bag almost all the time. For framing and some situations the usefulness of the zoom more than outweighed the lack of focus limiter, VR and only marginally lower IQ of the much more expensive Nikon lens.

When I switched to Canon the hardest lens for me to let go of was the 120-300 and I'm now looking for another to throw on my EOS bodies


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Aug 23, 2010 00:01 |  #5

Camera Nerd wrote in post #10769552 (external link)
I like the 120-300 siggy as it gives me the flexibility of a zoom, but it is way heavier than the canon weighing 10 pounds vs 6....

http://www.sigmaphoto.​com …m-f28-ex-dg-apo-hsm-sigma (external link)

The 120-300 is also about 6lbs, so they weigh about the same. A side note, Sigma does not service the non-DG 120-300, so both lenses will not be serviceable by the manufacturer.




  
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Aug 23, 2010 04:34 |  #6

Camera Nerd wrote in post #10769552 (external link)
Also will the non dg work on my 7d, will the dg have some compatibility issues that sigma has had in the past?

The 120-300 (NON DG) works perfectly on the 7D, as does the DG version.

This, incidentally, is from personal experience and not internet rumour or hearsay, so feel free to ignore it ;)


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Aug 23, 2010 06:32 |  #7

Astonishing that Canon will not service the non-IS 300 f2.8, same for the Siggy, neither are el cheapo lenses. Presumably there are independant shops that will?


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Aug 23, 2010 07:46 |  #8

My Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 non DG is a ripper. Great lens on my 7D with Sigma 2x teleconverter for birding. And it zooms!


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Aug 23, 2010 08:18 |  #9

Love my Sigma 120-300 so far. Great lens. Sharp wide open, and the zoom ability is very nice to have.


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Aug 23, 2010 09:17 |  #10

Also,
I've seen the 120-300 DG version sell short of 1600 bucks on these forums many times.


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Aug 23, 2010 10:05 |  #11

I wasn't happy with sigma 120-300mm compared to my 300mm f2.8 IS so I sold it after a while. You can pick one up for $1600 or so.


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Aug 23, 2010 10:39 as a reply to  @ bobbyz's post |  #12

Those prices seem about right for a mint non-DG version, with beat up ones going for lower. The DG version seems to go for around $1800-1900 or so, it it's in good shape. Great price compared to any other 300mm f/2.8. The only problem I see is that they don't come up for sale very often!


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Aug 23, 2010 10:41 |  #13

I got a 120-300 on ebay for under $1200, great at times, but focus was very inconsistant (maybe if I had micro adjustment back then??). I sold it with a little profit and purchased a 300/2.8 non-is and absolutely love it.


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Aug 23, 2010 10:47 |  #14

packpe89 wrote in post #10771885 (external link)
I got a 120-300 on ebay for under $1200, great at times, but focus was very inconsistant

Maybe that's why it was on eBay for $1200! :p


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Aug 23, 2010 10:52 |  #15

BenJohnson wrote in post #10771928 (external link)
Maybe that's why it was on eBay for $1200! :p

roll eyes. ya the non dg im looking at keh is 1800 for the non dg, while the canon non IS is 2300-2400


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