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Cannot Decide - Canon 100-400 vs Sigma 150-500

 
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Apr 21, 2011 04:47 |  #1

Hi Everyone,
I have been twisting my mind for so long on this.
Please help


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Apr 21, 2011 05:40 |  #2

Which do you prefer?


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Apr 21, 2011 06:29 as a reply to  @ Sorarse's post |  #3

I do not own any of the two but I am looking at purchasing one of them.


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Apr 21, 2011 07:34 |  #4

i find that the sigma 150-500 was a bit soft for me so i sold it and because i always shot most of them at around 400-500mm i sold it and bought the 400f5.6 and will never look back. Combo i use is 70-200 f4 on 450D and 400f5.6 on 7D awesome!! just need something like a 10-20mm lens.

My option if you like zoom the go for the 100-400 better IQ but the sigma is cheaper but heavier and its not white :) hehe


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Apr 21, 2011 07:36 |  #5

This has been gone over so many times that when I see another Sig-v-Canon thread I cringe, try to run away, but sooner or later just jump right in. Here's my take on it:


Look through the archives for both lenses, look at images. Read what people say about both lenses. Then decide for yourself if you want a $1600 400mm lens or a $1000 500mm lens. Think about whether you want the same IQ for $1600 or $1000. Think about whether you want 4-stop stabilization for $1000 or 2-stop stabilization for $1600. It's basically that simple.


That's about as simple as it gets. There's so much info on both lenses on this site that it's actually kinda hard to miss. Canon lemmings will tell you tales of mystical white paint and Godly red rubber bands, but images and true-life experience speak for themselves. Look through the archives, look at the other threads on the topic, decide for yourself.

That's the best advice I can give.


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Apr 21, 2011 07:43 |  #6

Massimoda wrote in post #12265249 (external link)
My option if you like zoom the go for the 100-400 better IQ but the sigma is cheaper but heavier and its not white :) hehe

I have the same mind...


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Apr 21, 2011 07:55 |  #7

If im not mistaken the 150-500 is an APO DG no EX lens so its not the top of the range from Sigma ( could be mistaken though) were as the 100-400 is an L lens which you know is a good lens.


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Apr 21, 2011 08:10 |  #8

My vote would be the Sigma of the two ...

I had a 100-400 and changed for the Sigma and of the two preferred the Sigma ... however alot of people will no doubt vote for the Canon, but it's not a lens I got along with.

That said I've dropped the Sigma too and gone to a long prime (optionally added a 1.4 TC)


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Apr 21, 2011 08:22 |  #9

I just got the 150-500 and although I haven't had the chance to test it correctly (bad weather for the past few days), I think I made the right choice. I was on the same fence as you (100-400 vs the sigma), but after looking at some of the images people have taken with the Sigma and the $700 differense in price (plus extra 100mm on the long side) - it was no brainer. It appears that it's all in the hands of the photographer...

Here is the 150-500 image thread so you can check out some of the pix taken with it: https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=5148​46&page=50

I should also mention that while the 150-500 is very heavy (about 2 kilos), it doesn't feel as heavy as you would expect. I got mine from a local store, so I made sure I tested the lens, in lieu of all the bad apples that come from Sigma.

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Apr 21, 2011 08:35 |  #10

After owning both twice I can tell you, that I prefer the canon. The first sigma wasn't a good match for my body and the second one was outstanding (same goes for the canon, ironically). Pros for the sigma lighter, more reach and better is. The cons are that is is a lot longer, which I still found it balanced well on a 1d, less contrasty and has a slightly different color cast (more warm) these can be fixed in pp so not a deal breaker. The thing that ended my love for the sigma was the zooming, the focus ring is awkward and really stiff so it is not a quick zoomer if that makes sense. While a lens like the 70-200 is quick, easy and smooth, the sigmas is just the opposite. I was not sure I would like the canon pull push design, but I can say I felt it was more intuitive and faster. Just my 2 cents. Really either is a great lens as long as you realize you are comprimising on something and not expecting perfection. Lastly, buy a new sigma not a used one, the new ones have a much better finish that doesn't flake off. I had an old one and a new and it it is a big difference.


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Apr 21, 2011 09:17 as a reply to  @ skater911's post |  #11

I only had the 100-400L and recently sold it but a member i suggest you shoot a PM to is Artyman below who has owned the 150-500 for a long time, has an excellent copy, plus used a 1.4 TC with it, and posted some very nice pics over the years:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/member.p​hp?u=184546


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Apr 21, 2011 09:31 |  #12

Silverfox1 wrote in post #12265606 (external link)
I only had the 100-400L and recently sold it but a member i suggest you shoot a PM to is Artyman below who has owned the 150-500 for a long time, has an excellent copy, plus used a 1.4 TC with it, and posted some very nice pics over the years:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/member.p​hp?u=184546


Regards whatever your decision, ;)

What did you keep the 70-200 and tc?


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Apr 21, 2011 09:49 |  #13

I'd say buy whichever you prefer, my vote would however be for the Sigma, I could spend all my savings and get three Canons, but I wouldn't even buy one of them, I'd get another Sigma. It's the best value long lens out there IMHO.

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Apr 21, 2011 09:53 |  #14

Price-wise, wouldn't the 100-400 be more comparable to the Sig 50-500? They're both $1600-1700 and the 50-500 is a newer lens.

I also agree that there has been much discussion about this on this forum...run a couple of searches and you'll come up with plenty! If you can afford the 100-400, I'd consider the 50-500 over the 150-500 though...


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Apr 21, 2011 09:57 |  #15

skater911 wrote in post #12265666 (external link)
What did you keep the 70-200 and tc?

skater911, i for sure kept the 70-200MKII and will use the 1.4 to give me essentially still excellent IQ at 280mm.

I did just pick-up a UY 6 month old 400/f5.6 prime to tide me over while continuing to save for a nice used copy of the 500/f4 IS.

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