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100-400L or Sigma 150-500 w/qualification

 
bruceq
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Jan 20, 2013 08:39 as a reply to  @ post 15509532 |  #16

jtmiv...

I know how difficult these decisions can be without the benefit of hands on testing. I have both the 100-400l and 150-500OS... here's my take:

* Both take very good pictures, although the 100-400l maybe a touch better in color/contrast.
* 100-400l is push/pull and 150-500OS is twist zoom which makes it a personal preference thing more than functionality.
* The Sigma OS works very well and is on par with the Canon IS.
* The 150-500OS does weigh more than the 100-400l… but again, seems to be more of a personal preference thing since the weight is balanced well on both.

If it helps you at all… I’m only 1 ½ hours north of you so if you want to try them both out and have some tactile feedback before making your decision, just let me know. I’m usually in Harrisburg weekly but this week I’ll be in Pittsburgh the first half of the week.

If you're considering upgrading your body I can also let you try out a T1I, 7D and 5DII for comparison... all are gripped because the extra size/weight is a benefit to me and my large meat hooks. Just bring your memory cards and then you can peruse the image files in your leisure to see which works best for you.

Thanks


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Lens - EF-S 10-22, EF-S 18-55, EF 35-70, EF-S 55-250, EF 17-40L, EF 24-105L IS, EF 70-200 2.8L IS, EF 70-210, EF 100-400L, Sigma 150-500 OS, EF 100L IS, EF 180L, EF 85 1.8, EF 50 1.8

  
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Jan 20, 2013 08:53 as a reply to  @ bruceq's post |  #17

Dear Bruce,

Thank you for your generous offer to allow me to demonstrate your lenses. I've sent you a PM asking for some general details on your location to see if I can combine a trip north to visit some folks with the lens demo.

Regards,

Tim Murphy :)


EOS Elan, EOS7NE, EOS 40D, EOS1DMK2, Canon 15-85 IS EF-S, Canon 28-80 USM, Canon 28-105f3.5/4.5 USM, Canon 70-210f3.5/4.5 USM, Canon 70-300f4.5/5.6 IS USM, Tamron 19-35f3.5/4.5, Tokina 80-400 ATX 11, Sigma 150-500 OS HSM, Promaster 7500DX, Benro A3580F

  
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Jan 20, 2013 09:12 |  #18

Very kind offer from Bruce there !
What a nice chap :)

I'd add that I found 400mm to be in the realms of reach for the "poor" man (I got the 400 5.6 prime last year) .
Don't think the body will be too much of a problem , you can pick up a use T2i any time for a reasonable price for the 18Mp crop sensor.

I didn't go Sigma , I wanted no compromise in the image quality department , and I wanted again no compromise in the compatibility and build quality either .




  
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Jan 20, 2013 09:54 as a reply to  @ Foggiest's post |  #19

Bruceq very nice offer. A question for you since you have both the Sig and Canon. This may help the OP too.

Background -
I have what I feel is a good Sigma copy. I know I would miss the extra 100mm on the long end, but with the shorter physical length of the Canon I think would get me to take in more (as it more easily would fit in most of my bags). As it is I take the Sigma when I know I'm going into the field for sure (and take a pack). I just believe that I might be willing to take Canon just about whenever I go - if I had it. I can't afford to justify having both at this point. (If I could afford both I'd stretch some more and finely get a big white prime.)

Other than the extra 100mm reach on the long end, do you think I would be missing anything? (Yes, to me that 100mm means a lot!)


Thanks for Reading & Good Luck - Jim
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bruceq
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Jan 20, 2013 10:29 as a reply to  @ jimewall's post |  #20

jimewall....

I think were in the same boat. The best way to answer would be to tell you that when I travel, the 100-400l is always with me. While I love the 150-500OS, it gets left behind most of the time because the 100-400l is so compact and fits in the bag perfect. The 100-400l is almost identical to the 70-200l in travel size which is one other lens I never leave without.

That's not to say I have no love for the Siggy as I use it a lot locally.... just not as much as I would if it fit better in the bag. I'm not a specialist or pro so I generally take lenses for all situations and shoot whatever appeals to me on a given day. In my bag is usually 2 bodies, 17-40, 85, 100 macro, 70-200 and 100-400. If I were to take the 150-500 I would have to leave the 100-400 and one other lens. For me it's just a personal choice.

My goal is to find a good priced 400 2.8 to replace the 150-500 and 100-400 since I only seem to use the long end of both lenses anyway. But the market on that lens seems to be against me right now.

I also spend a fair amount of time in New Castle/Hermitage, PA area which is close to you. If you want to give the 100-400l and hands on test, let me know and we can meet up for a quick sometime.

I know that was a long winded response and I'm not even sure I fully answered your question. :D Thanks


Cameras - 5D MkII/Grip, 7D/Grip, T1i/Grip
Lens - EF-S 10-22, EF-S 18-55, EF 35-70, EF-S 55-250, EF 17-40L, EF 24-105L IS, EF 70-200 2.8L IS, EF 70-210, EF 100-400L, Sigma 150-500 OS, EF 100L IS, EF 180L, EF 85 1.8, EF 50 1.8

  
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Jan 20, 2013 11:46 as a reply to  @ bruceq's post |  #21

Bruceq -

Thanks for the response, and you did answer my question. That is confirmed what I am thinking - that is I would probably end up carrying the Canon more due to its smaller size.

I do a pretty good job of deciding when an when not to carry the Sigma, but sometimes I miss judge. I prefer my zoom bags to the pack.

I have to decide if the increased cost and loss of 100mm long is worth it to me.

If I had the 400L f/2.8 or a 500L, then I'd go with the Canon zoom. I'd keep it to use as part of my general walk around kit. To me those Big Whites would be like the Sigma, take mainly only when I know it will be used.

Thanks for the offer, that's 2 hours away. Though not too far, during the school year it is not a short trip I can make frequently. (I'm a HS teacher and I have a son who is a somewhat active senior, and I like to go to to the events).

Also, I'm familiar with the Canon zoom, but not compared to someone who has both to use simultaneously - so I appreciate your perspective. I especially appreciate your perspective, because it seems your kit is somewhat similar to mine. Therefore we might be tempted to carry in similar ways.

Thanks again for the response.

I hope to quick discussion was not considered off the topic and that the OP can use the information about size and transporting of each lens to help with a decision.


Thanks for Reading & Good Luck - Jim
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