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Jul 11, 2008 09:18 |  #1

I am looking for a new lens to purchase, however, can anyone tell me the differences between:

Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III

Sigma 70-300m f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super II

Sigma 70-300m f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro


Does that mean the canon 70-300 does not support macro ability, and also what is the difference between the sigma DL and APO?

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Jul 11, 2008 10:07 |  #2

do you have cost issues/restrictions?
Do you want a zoom....or are you using primarily for the 300 end.
Consider 300 f4 prime if long end needed only...can buy used for decent $$ Far better optically than any above!
All the zooms are not really macro..but rather close focus ability. All above eat light at the long end. Be more specific on needs if you can.


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Jul 11, 2008 10:51 as a reply to  @ jcpoulin's post |  #3

good questions, jc.

but if you're only going to get one out fo those four, get the sigma APO DG version.


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Jul 11, 2008 11:17 |  #4

Ok, well I am not going to fork out $1000 for a lens. I've seen the prices of all these lenses, so they are all within my budget.

I would like a zoom. Not necessarily the 300 end, but a decent zoom nevertheless.

I did read up about the macro, not really being a macro, but I not into macro shots in general.

I suppose the main use for the lens would be to have a good zoom lens as I only have a kit lens atm.


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Jul 11, 2008 11:19 |  #5

Any opinions on how Sigma 70-300m f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro compares against the
Canon Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ?




  
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Jul 11, 2008 11:23 |  #6

The 300mm F4 L IS is an excellent lens if you can afford it.

The Canon 70-300 would be a better zoom option.
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Jul 11, 2008 13:10 |  #7

Harm wrote in post #5892388 (external link)
Ok, well I am not going to fork out $1000 for a lens. I've seen the prices of all these lenses, so they are all within my budget.

I would like a zoom. Not necessarily the 300 end, but a decent zoom nevertheless.

I did read up about the macro, not really being a macro, but I not into macro shots in general.

I suppose the main use for the lens would be to have a good zoom lens as I only have a kit lens atm.

What is your budget?


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Jul 11, 2008 13:16 |  #8

$500 tops i'd say


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Jul 11, 2008 13:23 |  #9

What are you hoping to photograph with this lens?


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Jul 11, 2008 13:37 |  #10

I wanted a decent zoom lens to start out with, I've been to a few airshows, triathlons etc. and wanted something a bit better than my kit lens (17-85) - though there is absolutely nothing wrong with that lens too. That and just to get some practice of using a zoom lens.


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Jul 11, 2008 13:54 |  #11

For $500, you could get a used 70-200 f/4 or a 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 IS. For a little more, you could get either new. They are both vastly superior to the lenses you listed.


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Jul 11, 2008 14:08 as a reply to  @ runninmann's post |  #12

I would get the 70-200 with a 1.5 kenko Teleconverter, 70-200 f4L brand new is $560 and the 1.5 TC is $85.The 1.5 kenko does not report back to your camera so you can use the len's wide open at 300MM:p.Sean .L


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Jul 11, 2008 14:13 |  #13

silverwolf wrote in post #5893280 (external link)
I would get the 70-200 with a 1.5 kenko Teleconverter, 70-200 f4L brand new is $560 and the 1.5 TC is $85.The 1.5 kenko does not report back to your camera so you can use the len's wide open at 300MM:p.Sean .L

Do you mean that AF is retained?


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silverwolf wrote in post #5893280 (external link)
I would get the 70-200 with a 1.5 kenko Teleconverter, 70-200 f4L brand new is $560 and the 1.5 TC is $85.The 1.5 kenko does not report back to your camera so you can use the len's wide open at 300MM:p.Sean .L

interesting thought...I never thought about geting a teleconverter..


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Jul 11, 2008 15:18 |  #15

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$500 tops i'd say

with ~500$ u cant go wrong with a 70-200 F/4L




  
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