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Mar 25, 2011 07:09 |  #1

:) Its been talked about ,,but still can,t decide which one to buy,,I am buying NEW,,,size is not a big factor ,just want best IQ,,in the bird forum I have seen great photos from both
Sigma 120-400 OS & 150-500 OS,,,,can you help me decide,,or is it just going to be a coin flip??

Thanks for any ideas & advice offered Ron

Don,t want a Canon 100-400




  
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Mar 25, 2011 07:18 |  #2

Can't be too long if birds are your thing


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Mar 25, 2011 07:23 |  #3

Thats good advice ,,Another ? at 400mm are they both 5.6 ??




  
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Mar 25, 2011 07:25 |  #4

The 120-400mm doesn't have the same IQ as the 150-500mm, get the 150-500mm. Not only will you get better image quality, you'll get 500mm. The gap between 100mm and 120mm isn't anything, but the gap between 400mm and 500mm can sometimes seem like a lot, especially in the field.


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Mar 25, 2011 07:27 as a reply to  @ zzmorris's post |  #5

I sold a Tamron 200-500 to fund the purchase of a Sigma 150-500, because of the image stabilisation feature. I am absolutely thrilled with it, and would recommend it without hesitation It is easy to hand hold at full magnification (800mm equivilent on my crop sensor 60D). The image quality is excellent, and it is not too heavy to cart around. It even fits in my Billingham Packington bag - total result! :lol:


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Mar 25, 2011 07:46 |  #6

Katodog ?? how does Don1 get them good photos with his 400mm ??? I agree about the extra zoom..500mm might make the day....
I see the 500 is rated slightly better.
FYI ,,I would be useing on a 30D & XSi,,,
Great advice so far,just what i been needing.. More?? Ron




  
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Mar 25, 2011 07:53 |  #7

The reviews have been good on the 150-500. One thing you can do is go over to Pbase and they have galleries shot with all Canon lenses. You can look at photos taken with each lens and see what you think for yourself.


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Mar 25, 2011 08:08 |  #8

get this.

http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=13010584​60&sr=8-37 (external link)


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Mar 25, 2011 08:50 |  #9

Ronnie H wrote in post #12089415 (external link)
Katodog ?? how does Don1 get them good photos with his 400mm ???


What is a "Don1"?


From what I've read and what I've seen, the 150-500mm always seems to be favored over the 120-400mm as far as image quality goes. But, it's also been my experience that lenses which people claim aren't the best are sometimes very surprising at what they can produce.

My experience is with the 150-500mm and the Canon 100-400mm L. If I were to go through the process of choosing a good wildlife lens those are the only two, plus the two 50-500mm lenses (original and OS-version), that I would consider. The 120-400mm wouldn't even make my list, mainly because of reach. The only reason why the 100-400mm makes the list is because it's a great lens, and in my experience it's the only lens that compares to the Sigs at that price range.


However, reach is king, and no 400mm lens is going to get you 500mm.


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Mar 25, 2011 10:01 |  #10

Don 1 posts on the bird forum here all the time with nice pics taken with Sig,120-400 OS




  
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Mar 25, 2011 10:08 |  #11

50-500 is better. At f8 in good light with a tripod it does a good job.

If you are really SERIOUS about birds none of these will get you truly professional grade quality.
Unfortunately this is one area where you really have to spend the money to play with the big boys.

Get an Olympus camera with a 2x crop mode buy a 300 f2.8 and a 1.4 extender.....just thinking out loud.


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May 06, 2011 09:17 |  #12

I tested both the 400 and 500mm.

After 30 mins with each lens I chose the 400mm. The extra 100mm wasn't up my alley.

But I think either lens will reward you with great pics


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