watt100 wrote in post #14874660
sure, you can choose to believe that lens comparison site got a bad copy but plenty of people over the years have compared these lens, do a little googling and you will see the Canon almost always shows up sharper with better "IQ" or resolution. If you think that's bad check out a thread today comparing Sigma 150-500 vs Canon 100-400 on FM. on second thought, don't look, if you're a sigma telephoto fan, it ain't too pretty
Thanks for the suggestion and I did do the web searching (and such) before I purchased. If you noticed (since you quoted me) I said it was, just not that much (based on the d-p site). There have also been plenty of posts where photographers have shown their Sigma to be a better copy than that of the current example at d-p.
By the way, I'm a fan of the best lens for the job (that you have or can afford). Based on the way you are wording your post to me, that might be hard for you to understand.
The Canon was more than I could have afforded (when I purchased). The Canon was 100mm shorter at the long end. The Canon overlapped 100mm on the short end with my Tamron 70-210mm f/2.8 (I've upgraded since then to the Canon, but still have the Tamron). The Canon has worse stabilization. The Canon seemed like it had better IQ (I still agree), but it did not seem that much better image quality (depending on the copy of the Sigma lens = which I also still agree with). The has a much physical better build. The Canon was physically smaller (easier to fit to bags).
I went with the Sigma for the extra length but mostly because of it was what I could afford. Now if I would switch to Canon, it would only be because of the last one (physical size). Because it is physically smaller I would probably carry it with me more, not because I would consider it an upgrade. It would be both an upgrade and a downgrade dependent on how you look at it.
I am happy with the Sigma, you can be happy with your Canon.
(Heck if I had the money) I'd much (much) rather be shooting with a Canon 500mm or 600mm f/4L IS anytime, compared to either of those the lenses we've been discussing.
I also tried to find the thread from today, but not real familiar with FM. It might help to post the section where it is located.