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Sigma 150-500 vs Canon 70-300?

 
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May 02, 2011 22:18 |  #1
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Would a Sigma 150-500 OS HSM be considered a good upgrade from Canon 70-300(non L)?


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May 02, 2011 22:38 |  #2

nekrosoft13 wrote in post #12336739 (external link)
Would a Sigma 150-500 OS HSM be considered a good upgrade from Canon 70-300(non L)?

In two words: HELL YES! :D


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May 02, 2011 22:48 |  #3
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just on reach or would it also be faster and sharper?


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May 02, 2011 23:42 |  #4

Not faster, but certainly sharper, with overall better IQ.


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May 03, 2011 01:23 |  #5

Pictures from a Canon 70-300mm IS lens.

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Pictures from a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens.

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May 03, 2011 01:52 |  #6

i'm not sure if it's going to be much sharper...but the advantage in reach alone is worth the upgrade...


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May 03, 2011 01:57 |  #7

Before buying the Sigma 150-500 OS HSM read the lens repair rate date.

LENS REPAIR DATA 1.0
Posted 2008.09.20
http://www.lensrentals​.com …09.20/lens-repair-data-10 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 2.0
Posted 2008.11.30
http://www.lensrentals​.com …11.30/lens-repair-data-20 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 3.0
May 17, 2009
http://www.lensrentals​.com …9/05/lens-repair-data-3-0 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 3.5
November 1, 2009
http://www.lensrentals​.com …9/11/lens-repair-data-3-5 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 4.0
September 20, 2010
http://www.lensrentals​.com …0/09/lens-repair-data-4-0 (external link)


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May 03, 2011 02:06 |  #8

dolina wrote in post #12337847 (external link)
Before buying the Sigma 150-500 OS HSM read the lens repair rate date.

LENS REPAIR DATA 1.0
Posted 2008.09.20
http://www.lensrentals​.com …09.20/lens-repair-data-10 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 2.0
Posted 2008.11.30
http://www.lensrentals​.com …11.30/lens-repair-data-20 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 3.0
May 17, 2009
http://www.lensrentals​.com …9/05/lens-repair-data-3-0 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 3.5
November 1, 2009
http://www.lensrentals​.com …9/11/lens-repair-data-3-5 (external link)

LENS REPAIR DATA 4.0
September 20, 2010
http://www.lensrentals​.com …0/09/lens-repair-data-4-0 (external link)

only one of those links really matters...after the first batch of bad lenses they had they stopped using it...so basing a decision to buy a lens on a company that bought, and recieved a bad batch of lenses 3 years ago is a little crazy in my mind...


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May 03, 2011 02:28 |  #9

DreDaze wrote in post #12337874 (external link)
only one of those links really matters...after the first batch of bad lenses they had they stopped using it...so basing a decision to buy a lens on a company that bought, and recieved a bad batch of lenses 3 years ago is a little crazy in my mind...

As compared to individual owners giving their inputs? The company rents out gear to anyone and everyone and the repair records of at least 9 copies of the same lens over a few years is a good indicator on how tough the product is.

They eventually stopped carrying the lens because they were more trouble than they were worth.


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May 03, 2011 03:07 |  #10

My Sigma 150-500 has been trouble free for over two years, it's a great lens.


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May 03, 2011 04:02 |  #11

dolina wrote in post #12337922 (external link)
As compared to individual owners giving their inputs? The company rents out gear to anyone and everyone and the repair records of at least 9 copies of the same lens over a few years is a good indicator on how tough the product is.

They eventually stopped carrying the lens because they were more trouble than they were worth.

I believe he later noted it seemed Sigma fixed the issues as most people who buy one report it to be reliable :rolleyes:


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May 03, 2011 05:12 |  #12

I have no issues with mine either, IQ wise not quite up with the 100-400 (thats why I'm selling mine), but damn close and the OS is excellent, plus the reach is very strong, you'd be amazed how far the extra 200mm will take you!



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May 03, 2011 07:34 |  #13

If you go to the 150-500 Thread on the Lens Archive you will see that this "high failure risk" does NOT reflect the experience of the majority of the users, so I think DreDaze is right here...
Besides, even considering individual experiences, Lens Rentals had 9 copies of that lens. Us, individuals, together, have more than 100 copies, so statistically I do think our experience reflects better the reality of copy variation, rate of failure and average quality.

I have had many opportunities to exchange the 150-500 for the 100-400L and never did. The 150-500 can have its limitations on weight and light gathering, but its 4 stop OS, extended range and very close sharpness makes it a better option IMHO. Not to mention the 600 bucks in my pocket.


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May 03, 2011 08:13 |  #14

Personally, I have have a few zooms that cover similar ranges: Canon 70-200 2.8 (non-IS), Tamron 70-300 VC and I just got the Sigma 150-500. To me, none replaces the other. They have different characteristics and do different jobs. If you need 500 then the 70-300 won't cut it. Discussion over. But if you're looking for a decent range in a compact, lightweight lens with IS neither the Sigma nor my 70-200 work.

I'm not sure how your 70-300 is but I would say that my Tamron and Sigma have similar IQ. In an earlier thread I stated that I would not give up my Tamron. It's a keeper. That said, if you're not having to haul the lens around a lot and can live without a compact zoom in that range the Sigma is a killer lens. They seem to have worked out most of the kinks by now.

The Sigma is a great lens.


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May 03, 2011 08:31 |  #15

Granted I haven't owned the 150-500 for a long time - I love it! Plus, yu have 3 years of warranty, so just make sure you don't get a dud right out of the box (buy local?) and you should be happy. Also, consider working out before buying :)

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