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Mar 01, 2018 17:03 |  #1

Looking at the prices of the Sigma and canon mki are very similar


Sigma has come a long way with IQ, AF, and OS- but will the new Sigma 100-400 out perform the old Canon 100-400mki?

The sigma is smaller, lighter, a touch slower aperture, and the smaller filter size.

Has anyone done a comparison? DPReview doesn't have one, only specs.


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Mar 01, 2018 17:49 |  #2

I will predict that the sigma will not come remotely close to the new 100-400 from Canon. Its one of the best updates that canon has done in a long long time. Its a stellar lens. Go the the thread below. Why chance a sigma when this current 100-400 is this good ?


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Mar 01, 2018 18:07 |  #3

Guess reading fail. He asked about the sigma vs the original 100-400. Also hmmm the Canon cost $1000 more and is it $1000 better. Hell no
From test I see the IQ of the sigma and new Tamron 100-400 are about 95% the IQ of the Canon 100-400II. The autofocus seems to be better on the Tamron over the sigma but not a ton I have seen. So I would say it should be much better then the original Canon 100-400.


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Mar 01, 2018 20:42 |  #4

Yeah I want something small and under 1k$ and the tamron and sigma look like they will fit the bill. I had the canon original 100-400 and and found the IQ to lack a bit and ended up with the 70-200 f4IS with a 1.4x attached but want the extra reach which is why I'm looking. Hopefully someone has hands on time with both?


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Mar 01, 2018 21:01 |  #5

Look up Dustin Abbott on YouTube. He compared all 3


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Mar 01, 2018 23:16 |  #6

I haven't used the Sigma, but given their current lens performance I would say there's a good bet it will be at least as good as the V1 was, and potentially come out a little ahead. Being a 3rd stop slower might be somewhat hindering, but shouldn't be too bad.


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Mar 02, 2018 00:10 |  #7

I had a brief try with a Sigma 100-400. It was more like 80% of my Canon 100-400 II. (I realise that does not match review sites.)
I never had a Canon 100-400 MK1 but I have read hundreds of opinions and many from people I consider credible. Those reviews makes me think there has been come copy variation in that lens and possibly they were more consistent towards the end of their production run.

So in your situation, I would look for a 100-400 MK1 that I could try before buying. Wide open at 400mm would be the main test so not complicated.

I'd also check weight. Is the specified weight of the 100-400MK1 with or without tripod collar? If it is with, you can remove the tripod collar and it would be less than 10% heavier than the Sigma. If it's without, it's almost 20% heavier than the Sigma.


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Mar 02, 2018 01:44 |  #8

The detail resolution of the original Canon wasn't that impressive, and the Sigma, and now the Tamron, beat the old Canon quite easily. There have been test after test, and resolution charts bearing this out. The Tamron sounds quite impressive actually. By latest accounts, the Tamron is the one to get.


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Mar 02, 2018 17:09 |  #9

Choderboy wrote in post #18575659 (external link)
I had a brief try with a Sigma 100-400. It was more like 80% of my Canon 100-400 II. (I realise that does not match review sites.)
I never had a Canon 100-400 MK1 but I have read hundreds of opinions and many from people I consider credible. Those reviews makes me think there has been come copy variation in that lens and possibly they were more consistent towards the end of their production run.

So in your situation, I would look for a 100-400 MK1 that I could try before buying. Wide open at 400mm would be the main test so not complicated.

I'd also check weight. Is the specified weight of the 100-400MK1 with or without tripod collar? If it is with, you can remove the tripod collar and it would be less than 10% heavier than the Sigma. If it's without, it's almost 20% heavier than the Sigma.

I had a good copy of the mki, I just ordered the sigma so I'll post my thoughts after I spend a trip to the Everglades with it next weekend.


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Mar 02, 2018 17:51 |  #10

05Xrunner wrote in post #18575592 (external link)
Look up Dustin Abbott on YouTube. He compared all 3


Great review thank you for the suggestion!


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Mar 02, 2018 18:14 |  #11

Here’s a thread on the Sigma:

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1480679

Doesn’t look like anybody’s posted to it in a while. Maybe I’ll rectify that this weekend. ;-)a

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Mar 09, 2018 23:09 |  #12

I haven't owned either the original Canon 100-400 or the new one, but my good friend has it and I have the Sigma 100-400. I use it mostly for action shots (of my dog, mountain biking, etc) and landscapes. To me, it's very sharp and focuses quite well. One of the supposed negatives was the lack of focus performance on objects that are coming straight at the lens. So I wanted to test that out, since I plan on shooting some MTB action shots with the rider coming right at me.

I've taken several others, but here's a shot I took this afternoon of my 2-yr old chocolate lab running full speed right at me, chasing her ball. I'm not sure how it'll upload here, but the picture is tack sharp when I open the file in LR. Taken with the 5D4.

It's less money and much lighter, so to me it's a no-brainer since it's one of my lesser used lenses. But it's very well made and the performance is right up there with my other lenses.


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Mar 19, 2018 23:07 |  #13

My sigma came in today and it looks and feels great! I'm excited to give it a try. I can tell the focus us a touch slower focus than the ef-mki but so far it seems like an upgrade. I'll post up thoughts after I get some photos uploaded.


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Mar 20, 2018 00:42 |  #14

Andy R wrote in post #18589757 (external link)
My sigma came in today and it looks and feels great! I'm excited to give it a try. I can tell the focus us a touch slower focus than the ef-mki but so far it seems like an upgrade. I'll post up thoughts after I get some photos uploaded.

Congrats! New toys are always fun :)


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Mar 24, 2018 15:17 as a reply to  @ umphotography's post |  #15

Not correct my friend


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