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Should I: Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro?

 
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Feb 25, 2011 21:25 |  #1

I've been checking this lens out for a while, and can get my hands on it for $250 (CAN). All I have right now is the Canon EOS kit EF-S 18-55mm 3.5/5.6 and it's served me well, but I wanna jump forward past 55mm, especially since I'm going on a trip to Italy and Greece in about 2 weeks!

So I bought some alien bees a couple weeks ago, and the final cost came to about $950 (CAN, again, and always) so that's putting me down quite a bit, since I'm not exactly on a big budget. Additionally I've got to get a couple hundred Euros, and through parents, can manage to get all of the above and have it payed off when I get back from the trip, but my main question is if the lens is worth it.

Does anyone have this lens and would you recommend that I man up and get it, or wait until I can pay for it without going into any amount of debt? I'm shooting with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D by the way.


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Feb 25, 2011 22:15 |  #2

I had a Tamron 70-300 wasn't very usable on my XSI. I borrowed my buddy's sigma once and it was about the same. I think for less the $400 you can get the sigma stabilized version and the Tamron VC version. The 55-250 is very nice and can be found used for less the $200


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Feb 27, 2011 13:26 as a reply to  @ Josh13's post |  #3

You can get the Tamron 70-300mm VC from Abe's of Maine for $369 after $30 discount and $50 Tamron mail-in rebate. International shipping???? Don't know




  
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Feb 27, 2011 13:49 |  #4

In that price range I would look into the Canon 55-250.


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Feb 27, 2011 14:01 |  #5

My wife uses a Sigma 70-300 APO. Not bad at all, though if the 55-250 Canon is about the same price, I suspect that's better value..


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Mar 01, 2011 06:46 |  #6

I've used such a Sigma on my former 300d, with a lot of success.
Perhaps I had the luck of a good copy, but I had nothing to complain about it (well... the frontal element is rotating, this could be annoying and that's all).

But today I 'd probably buy a Canon 55-250 instead of Sigma.


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Mar 01, 2011 06:54 |  #7

I'd save a little longer and shoot for the Tamron 70-300. It has ring USM and VC(tamron IS) and produces some great images.

If you can't wait, the Camon 55-250 is the way to go.


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Mar 01, 2011 08:37 |  #8

I had this lens and found in good light it's a great lens, in bad light it's just ok. But the Canon 55-250 and Tamron 70-300 were no better in my experience. I would buy the Sigma APO lens before the Tamron or Canon 55-250, I found the Sigma to be better than both of those lenses in my regular use.

However...If the new Tamron with VC is close to your price, I would buy that one. I haven't used it yet, but it's getting very good reviews.


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Mar 01, 2011 08:37 |  #9

Supersignet wrote in post #11935018 (external link)
I'd save a little longer and shoot for the Tamron 70-300. It has ring USM and VC(tamron IS) and produces some great images.

If you can't wait, the Camon 55-250 is the way to go.

Yeah I can't wait, and I already ordered the 55-250, which conveniently was on sale!:D


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Mar 01, 2011 09:20 |  #10

andrew_patterson wrote in post #11935378 (external link)
Yeah I can't wait, and I already ordered the 55-250, which conveniently was on sale!:D

Good choice! It's a great lens, you're going to enjoy it.


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