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"Bigma" versus "Dust Trombone" - Comparison

 
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Mar 30, 2007 18:21 |  #1

Well, after a few days of love and labor, I've posted my findings between the Sigma 50-500 F4-6.3 EX DG HSM and the Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6 L IS USM.

You can find the link here and feel free to comment at any of the particular test pages http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/bigmapump (external link)

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Mar 30, 2007 18:33 |  #2

Great review/comparison.
I must say that we agree on these lenses to a frightening degree, though I never had them side by side.. (by the time I got the 100-400mm, my Bigma was long gone) my recollections are very similar.


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Mar 30, 2007 18:34 |  #3

Awesome thanks again for teh review and comparison!


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Mar 30, 2007 18:40 |  #4

Great review. Good to see some real world shooting examples.


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Mar 30, 2007 18:55 |  #5

looks like the L wins! The colors from the L are much nicer!

Though, for the price, the sigma is probably worth it!


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Mar 30, 2007 19:53 |  #6

I think they are really close. Except, as you noted. on the "edge" .Where the Canon, is better.

Very well done,as usual .

Any chance to see a Tamron 200-500 and Bigma showdown ? :D


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Mar 30, 2007 20:02 |  #7

"Dust trombone" :lol: That is so funny


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Mar 30, 2007 21:48 |  #8

I think the dust pumper is slightly sharper at 200mm and 400mm which is interesting since it's at the end of it's focal length range. I noticed that the bokeh at 400mm is nicer on the bigma though.

I agree with you. I don't think the difference is big enough to show up on processed shots but the old pumper seems a tad sharper. I really didn't see much CA with either one of the zooms, so that 's a good thing.

Thanks for another good comparison. Now we can see that the difference is pretty small between the two.

Personally I'm a fan of the Bigma for the range and the price. I've used the dust pumper a few times and never liked the old style zoom, but I agree that this is a personal thing and you can easily learn to use either zoom with a little practice.

Now if Tokina only releases the 16-50, you can get some rest after testing that.


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Mar 30, 2007 22:07 |  #9

I keep hearing that the 100-400 is a "dust trombone" but have yet to see a claim that backs this up.....*-)


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Mar 30, 2007 22:22 |  #10
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LightRules wrote in post #2957709 (external link)
Well, after a few days of love and labor, I've posted my findings between the Sigma 50-500 F4-6.3 EX DG HSM and the Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6 L IS USM.

You can find the link here and feel free to comment at any of the particular test pages http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/bigmapump (external link)

Don't strain your eyes... :lol:

The only thing about your test is that the Bigma is very likely already at f6.3 at 200, 300, and 400mm because it never reports a minimum appeture of f6.3 so that your camera will be able to autofocus with it since the camera will "think" the appeture is f5.6 when it is really f6.3. Given that, the 100-400 is a bit sharper of a lens to get as good if not better sharpness than the Bigma when the Bigma is using smaller appetures.

I have the Bigma and it's a great value for the focal range. It's a great lens, but there are sharper lenses and much faster lenses too. :)


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Mar 30, 2007 22:31 |  #11

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The only thing about your test is that the Bigma is very likely already at f6.3 at 200, 300, and 400mm because it never reports a minimum appeture of f6.3 so that your camera will be able to autofocus with it since the camera will "think" the appeture is f5.6 when it is really f6.3

Incorrect. The Bigma DG on my 20D test body reports (in Av mode) exactly what I posted at my main test page [max apertures of]: 100mm f5, 200mm f5.6, 300mm f5.6, 400mm f5.6, and 500mm f6.3. Again, only at around 460mm and on does it report f6.3.

Also, the 1-4 and Bigma, in Av mode, report identical shutter speeds when set to corresponding apertures, under identical lighting conditions. It isn't at f6.3 until around 450mm-460mm +.




  
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Mar 30, 2007 22:35 |  #12

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Any chance to see a Tamron 200-500 and Bigma showdown ? :D

Sorry, CB, no plans in the making. You can feel free to pick one up though and send it my way. :lol:




  
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Mar 30, 2007 22:39 |  #13

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I keep hearing that the 100-400 is a "dust trombone" but have yet to see a claim that backs this up.....*-)

I personally haven't seen much dust problem, but others seem to say otherwise. But it must have gotten its nick for some good reason :rolleyes:




  
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Mar 30, 2007 22:42 |  #14

Tee Why wrote in post #2958583 (external link)
Now if Tokina only releases the 16-50, you can get some rest after testing that

You're still loaning me your "good copy" of the Tamron 1750 for the comparo, right?! :cool:




  
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Mar 30, 2007 22:58 |  #15

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Sorry, CB, no plans in the making. You can feel free to pick one up though and send it my way. :lol:

I'll have to pass. :D

Think i'll just stick with my 100-300 for awhile longer. It does a decent job .:wink:


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