The biggest thing keeping me from buying a Sigma is the supposed quality control lottery of Sigma products. I know that many of you own or have owned perfect and trouble free Sigma lenses, but why all the stories? Is it a case of the squeaky wheel getting all the attention? I would really like the Sigma 50-500, because of it's versatility, greater range, and comparable price with the Canon. The Sigma 150-500 is attractive because of the price and range. The Canon, because it's a a Canon, and if the price isn't a problem, you can't go wrong...
I want to buy new because the prices I have been seeing on used lenses are not that far off of new prices, and also I won't have to worry about inheriting someone elses problems.
I will be shooting various youth outdoor sports including soccer, and baseball, vintage motocross, and trips to the zoo.
The three lenses I am interested in are (in order of preference):
1. Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM $1499 @ B&H, Adorama & Amazon.
2. Sigma 50-500 f/5-6.6 OS HSM etc. $1509 @ B&H, Adorama & Amazon.
3. Sigma 150-500 f/4.5-6.3 OS HSM etc. $1069 @ B&H, Adorama & Amazon.