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any realistic alternative to 70-200L?

 
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Nov 18, 2010 23:08 |  #31

What about a used sigma 100-300?


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Nov 19, 2010 05:55 |  #32

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What about a used sigma 100-300?

I think that's a little out of my price range, looks like it runs about $1000


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Nov 19, 2010 08:12 as a reply to  @ Cichness's post |  #33

Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD $450


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Nov 19, 2010 10:12 |  #34

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Thanks very much for the responses guys! In your experience with these lenses you suggest, which seem to be the sharpest? I have no way of trying each lens out, so hopefully I can use your expert opinions and experience as a resource. Thanks again!

I am leaning towards the 70-200f4L, but I was hoping there was a "diamond in the rough" that was cheaper and still offered the image quality and reach of the f4.

You live on Long Island, take a day trip to the city and go to B&H.

Test out the following lenses.
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 - $729 (I know a little over budget), but its very sharp, with good colors, just not very quick (its pretty much unusable for action).
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM - $799 (the only other non-Canon lens in the range) - great colors, quite sharp, and almost as quick as the f/4L
Canon 70-200 f/4L - $636 its a great lens, but honestly, it isn't as sharp as its IS brother nor the new f/2.8II.

If I had to chose between these lenses, I'd probably get the Sigma, because (a) I shoot a lot of action, and (b) even when I'm not shooting action, HSM/USM is better than any alternative motor.


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Nov 20, 2010 11:53 |  #35

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Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 - $729 (I know a little over budget), but its very sharp, with good colors, just not very quick (its pretty much unusable for action).

It's no where near unusable for action. I've shot MLS games with that lens. When shooting soccer, you shoot from the end line, which means that the action comes straight at you at a fairly rapid pace, to say the least. While I would have loved to have had USM, the Tamron AF mostly kept up.

I don't want to overstate the abilities of the Tamron, but to say unusable for action is far, far from reality!


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Nov 20, 2010 12:22 |  #36

rsboag wrote in post #11311845 (external link)
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD $450


http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1290175​903&sr=8-2 (external link)

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This is what I have. I love it. Sharp, fast USD ( aka usm). Speed is ok. Many bells and whistles.

It is $450 ( $400 after rebate until end of year).

You live on long island you can go to b&h in the city, I bought mine at Berger brothers (amityville and syosset) they gave me ample time to stick it on my camera and test it out. I am very happy with it. Give it a go!


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Nov 20, 2010 12:38 |  #37

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This is what I have. I love it. Sharp, fast USD ( aka usm). Speed is ok. Many bells and whistles.

It is $450 ( $400 after rebate until end of year).

You live on long island you can go to b&h in the city, I bought mine at Berger brothers (amityville and syosset) they gave me ample time to stick it on my camera and test it out. I am very happy with it. Give it a go!


I am in the same position as the OP. I have about that much for a 70-200, but slowly as i increase that range with saving, i keep telling myself, "Hmmmm... Sigma 70-200 is around the corner OR i can wait out and get the Canon 70-200... but then, i could also get the Canon 70-200 w/ IS if i just wait a bit longer....:lol:"

Honestly though, that constant /2.8 seem like it would be worth the extra time to save and purchase over the /4.0-5.6.

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Nov 21, 2010 16:27 as a reply to  @ Bleufire's post |  #38

After doing some reading based on the suggestions you guys have generously contributed, I think the Tamron 70-300 VC has the most complete package, under $500, sharp, IS, internal zoom ( i think right?) , and barrel doesnt spin on focusing. I would like a little bit more speed, but there has to be some tradeoff. so that is where I am at as of now, I think I will have to go to B&H or Berger Bros. and test it out.


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Nov 21, 2010 17:38 |  #39

Unless you are completely sure you won't need the 2.8 aperture for either shallow depth of field or low light ability I would stay away from the numerous 70-300 zooms out there. I have the Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 which I am sure focuses much slower than the Tamron and doesn't have IS, but I rarely use it because of the slow aperture.


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Nov 21, 2010 19:09 |  #40

Cichness wrote in post #11322806 (external link)
After doing some reading based on the suggestions you guys have generously contributed, I think the Tamron 70-300 VC has the most complete package, under $500, sharp, IS, internal zoom ( i think right?) , and barrel doesnt spin on focusing. I would like a little bit more speed, but there has to be some tradeoff. so that is where I am at as of now, I think I will have to go to B&H or Berger Bros. and test it out.

i think it has internal focusing...but not internal zoom...pretty sure it extends when zoomed out


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Nov 21, 2010 20:26 |  #41

Cichness wrote in post #11322806 (external link)
After doing some reading based on the suggestions you guys have generously contributed, I think the Tamron 70-300 VC has the most complete package, under $500, sharp, IS, internal zoom ( i think right?) , and barrel doesnt spin on focusing. I would like a little bit more speed, but there has to be some tradeoff. so that is where I am at as of now, I think I will have to go to B&H or Berger Bros. and test it out.

Yes the barrel does not spin, there is internal focusing, it comes with a petal type hood, and the barrel does extend when zooming. It looks large on my XSI. Nice lens though.


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Nov 21, 2010 20:30 as a reply to  @ TheNewGuy01's post |  #42

xarqi wrote in post #11297306 (external link)
What body?
If it's an APS-C, consider also the EF-S 55-250 IS.
Sharp and cheap, if a little slow.

Either this or a used Canon 70-210 f/4. Not the newer 70-200 L, but the ~1988 ancient model.

I picked one up used last year for just short of $150. Works pretty well (but the push/pull zoom and slow autofocus are something to get used to).


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Nov 22, 2010 19:10 as a reply to  @ TheBurningCrown's post |  #43

what about the canon 70-300 IS? seemed to get good reviews, has IS, and is under $500, anyone have any experience with this lens?


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Nov 22, 2010 21:51 |  #44

TheBurningCrown wrote in post #11323970 (external link)
Either this or a used Canon 70-210 f/4. Not the newer 70-200 L, but the ~1988 ancient model.

I picked one up used last year for just short of $150. Works pretty well (but the push/pull zoom and slow autofocus are something to get used to).


There are lots of good reports about the Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM too, and at $150 used it is a cheap option.


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