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Jun 24, 2008 22:15 |  #1

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I bought my girlfriend a Sigma 70-300 DG Macro today for her Nikon D40 (I know...I tried to convince her into an XTI, but she really likes the smaller size). Anyway, we went to the zoo to test it out, and I was honestly kinda shocked. The sharpness, contrast, and just about anything that a non-pixel-peeper would ever notice was right on par with my Canon 70-200 f/4L. I know there are definitely things that the Canon has going for it (build quality, smoother rings, amazing auto-focus, and quality-control for individual copies), but I'm seeing some really compelling reasons to pick up the Sigma (the extra 100mm at the end, macro, light weight, and the price tag). The lens is only $150 including tax, and I'd dare say there aren't many more versatile lenses at that price point. I'm considering selling my Canon for this lens and putting the difference into an 85mm f/1.8. I'm not meaning to bash the Canon lens or even put the Sigma on it's same level, but I'm just offering out the suggestion for the Sigma being an excellent alternative for those who aren't sure if they can justify the price of the Canon.




  
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Jun 25, 2008 08:03 |  #2

I've had the Sigma lens before. And while it's a decent lens, mine was soft at 300mm and the AF was dreadfully slow and would hunt like crazy. Personally, if I wanted more reach, I would get a kenko 1.4x tele-adapter for your current Canon lens.


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Jun 25, 2008 08:45 as a reply to  @ HaroldC3's post |  #3

Another thing to bear in mind is the likely difference in image processing between both cameras. If you want to extract the very best from your images you can try shooting in RAW and converting that to JPEG even using Canon's Digital Photo Professional. A few clicks and tweaks and the image will be ready.

Don't get this wrong...RAW doesn't fix anything in particular, but if you have all the basics nailed, RAW may give you the additional 'oomph' compared to a straight out of camera JPEG.


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Jun 25, 2008 10:18 |  #4

Yes, the Sigma 70-300mm is supposedly a very good value for the money, the APO version at least. I was considering one before, but in the end I picked up an older EF 70-210mm, which is also an excellent value for the money.

Lightrules' 70-300 vs 70-200:
http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/manytests (external link)


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Jun 25, 2008 10:53 as a reply to  @ johnny0415's post |  #5

If you're looking for another optically decent tele, take a look at the Tamron 55-200... it's good for portrait and compressed landscapes, etc... You don't want to use it for anything that requires fast focusing though - the AF speed and noise are my only complaints.


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Jun 25, 2008 11:00 |  #6

I think the Canon mount is a little more expensive than the Nikon mount. Focus is very slow and noisy, but if you're not shooting much action, it's a great lens!


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Jun 25, 2008 13:21 |  #7

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #5786567 (external link)
Anyway, we went to the zoo to test it out, and I was honestly kinda shocked. The sharpness, contrast, and just about anything that a non-pixel-peeper would ever notice was right on par with my Canon 70-200 f/4L.

Outside with good sunlight the Sigma does very well with IQ (I used mine in Florida this past April), but bring it inside where the lighting is not so great and you'll see a real difference between it and the 70-200.

FWIW - I've owned both the Tamron and Sigma 70-300, I honestly preferred the Tamron for overall IQ. Neither can hold a candle to my 70-200/2.8 IS, but for lightweight outdoor use the Sigma comes in handy.




  
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Jun 26, 2008 01:30 |  #8

There are examples from my Tamron here... the first and third shots were made with it.


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Jun 26, 2008 05:13 |  #9

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #5786567 (external link)
I'm just offering out the suggestion for the Sigma being an excellent alternative for those who aren't sure if they can justify the price of the Canon.

Sigma lenses suck.


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Jun 26, 2008 05:31 |  #10

Tony-S wrote in post #5794779 (external link)
Sigma lenses suck.

Yes i can see by your list of lenses that you hate them ;).


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Jun 26, 2008 08:20 |  #11

It did appear to be a good lens especially at that price range, but I went with the 55-250mm IS mostly due to it's IS.


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