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May 10, 2012 10:13 |  #1

Hey Guys, I have been reading alot, and still can't find an answer.

I currently have a Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 "Macro" lens. I have had this lens since I got my Rebel 2000 10 years ago. I have the opportunity to upgrade to the Canon 70-300 IS (non-L) for a decent price ($450) and wanted to know if this was worthwhile or if I should save up for something else. I use this lens for a lot of things, but it is really anytime I know the range will work, and I might need more than 135mm.

Will I see a noticeable improvement, or is it not worth this step. I am not likely to be able to afford any of the L telephoto lenses anytime soon (this would be a 2-4 year purchase at least).

I have T2i, and shoot some nature/wildlife, some sports, and anything else that comes my way.


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May 10, 2012 10:31 |  #2

Yes you will see noticable improvement. An even better choice IMHO is the Tamron 70-300mm VC which can be bought for $449 and you will get a $100 rebate which makes it $349. Can get it right now at B&H, Adorama, Amazon, etc.


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May 10, 2012 15:10 as a reply to  @ GregoryF's post |  #3

One way of judging a lens such as the Canon 70-300mm IS is to consider the images that it creates,such as these:

IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
Byte size: ZERO | Content warning: NOT AN IMAGE


Camera Maker: Canon
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400)
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB


IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
Byte size: ZERO | Content warning: NOT AN IMAGE



Focal Length: 250.0mm
Aperture: f/13.0
Exposure Time: 0.0008 s (1/1250)
ISO equiv: 800
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal


IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
Byte size: ZERO | Content warning: NOT AN IMAGE


Focal Length: 90.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.010 s (1/100)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB



  
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May 10, 2012 15:19 |  #4

I'd pick the tamron over the canon 70-300. The tamron is cheaper with better IQ from what I've seen. Plus it has a non rotating front element unlike the canon.


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May 10, 2012 15:21 |  #5

Sirrith wrote in post #14411920 (external link)
I'd pick the tamron over the canon 70-300. The tamron is cheaper with better IQ from what I've seen. Plus it has a non rotating front element unlike the canon.

Plus Full Time Manual gocusing, true USM and a 6 year warranty!;)


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May 10, 2012 15:25 |  #6

If an L lens like the 70-200/4 IS or 2.8 IS II is the long term goal, I would just pick up a used 55-250 for now and sell the sigma and save for the end goal.

If you don't ever see yourself spending that kind of money, I would pick the Tamron 70-300 VC.


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May 10, 2012 15:40 as a reply to  @ FEChariot's post |  #7

I dont want to hijack your thread here but have a question I went to Amazon and looked up the Tamaron 70-300 and see they have a 70-300 macro listed for $200. Now this is going to be a NOOB question but what is the difference?




  
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May 10, 2012 15:48 |  #8

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #14412030 (external link)
I dont want to hijack your thread here but have a question I went to Amazon and looked up the Tamaron 70-300 and see they have a 70-300 macro listed for $200. Now this is going to be a NOOB question but what is the difference?

4 Stops Vibration Compensation and Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) focusing and a much better IQ with the VC model.


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May 10, 2012 15:59 |  #9

FEChariot wrote in post #14412080 (external link)
4 Stops Vibration Compensation and Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) focusing and a much better IQ with the VC model.

Great thank you for clearing that up for me.




  
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May 10, 2012 15:59 |  #10

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #14412030 (external link)
I dont want to hijack your thread here but have a question I went to Amazon and looked up the Tamaron 70-300 and see they have a 70-300 macro listed for $200. Now this is going to be a NOOB question but what is the difference?

Totally different lenses, from build, features, size and image quality.


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May 10, 2012 16:04 |  #11

GregoryF wrote in post #14412154 (external link)
Totally different lenses, from build, features, size and image quality.

I figured so, but as a noob when I see 70-300 on two different lens from the same company with $200 difference makes you scratch your head.




  
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May 10, 2012 16:43 |  #12

if i were in your shoes i'd get a 55-250IS instead...the difference between it and the 70-300IS are hardly noticeable...the price difference is substantial...you can use the money saved on upgrading other parts of your kit....


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May 10, 2012 16:44 |  #13

I have the canon 70-300 IS... It has not been attached to a camera one time since I got the 70-200 2.8 IS... I don't know if I got a bad copy or what... but mine sucks and I rank it right there with my crappy kit lenses....

I'm half tempted to go take some pictures with it just to remind myself why I will never use it again. I feel bad even selling it - for the feeling of ripping someone off.

Me personally, I'd wait until I could afford one of the 70-200 L lenses...



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May 10, 2012 17:16 |  #14

lizzle wrote in post #14412357 (external link)
I have the canon 70-300 IS... It has not been attached to a camera one time since I got the 70-200 2.8 IS... I don't know if I got a bad copy or what... but mine sucks and I rank it right there with my crappy kit lenses....

I'm half tempted to go take some pictures with it just to remind myself why I will never use it again. I feel bad even selling it - for the feeling of ripping someone off.

Me personally, I'd wait until I could afford one of the 70-200 L lenses...

well if you dont need the 2.8 and would rather have the range, it makes sense. 70-200 may look good for you, but on a FF it's not as long. The extra 50% FL helps. two completely different categories.


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