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Thread started 28 Feb 2005 (Monday) 00:36
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POLL: "Vote for your Favorite Wildlife Zoom lens"
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6[color=red]L[/color] IS
1249
47.7%
EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
116
4.4%
EF 70-300mm f/5.6[color=green]DO[/color] IS
77
2.9%
EF 70-200mm f/2.8[color=red]L[/color] IS (or non IS)
402
15.3%
EF 70-200mm f/4[color=red]L[/color] IS (or non IS)
246
9.4%
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX HSM
65
2.5%
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 EX HSM
165
6.3%
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX HSM
71
2.7%
Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX HSM
33
1.3%
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX HSM
47
1.8%
Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS
28
1.1%
Tamron SP AF200-500MM F/5-6.3 Di LD
37
1.4%
SIGMA 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
10
0.4%
SIGMA 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
64
2.4%
SIGMA 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 EX DG OS HSM
9
0.3%

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Mar 15, 2005 11:35 as a reply to  @ post 449624 |  #16

malla1962 wrote:
why is the sigma 135-400 not listed?not that i have one it just seems a good focal range.

What are listed are lenses that members of this forum tend to recommend regularly...

If it is not listed,. it may be because it is not recommended ;)
I know in this particular instance I would strongly suggest that people avoid that lens.


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Mar 15, 2005 11:44 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #17

Mine wasn't listed Canon EF 100-300 f5.6L . An oldie but a goodie and it is a cheapie.


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Mar 21, 2005 21:42 as a reply to  @ post 450945 |  #18

It is interesting that the 120-300 F2.8 Sigma EX lens isn't higher...stick a 1.4x tc and you have a 420mm F4 lens. :eek:




  
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Mar 28, 2005 02:07 |  #19

.... and the winner is (my vote goes to):

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

I will never regret the day when i bought my EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS :D

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Mar 28, 2005 02:20 |  #20

I don't see the Sigma 80-400 OS.
I would opt for that because even it's a bit sharper than the 100-400L on 400mm wide open.

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Apr 11, 2005 13:45 |  #21

WOW!!! A clear winner.

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Apr 11, 2005 20:23 |  #22

It just shows people didn't test before they bought.

I took test shots with a Canon 100-400 and a Sigma 50-500 before making my decision. I chose the 50-500 because it had slightly better resolution at long focal lengths and the longer focal length made a noticeable difference.

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Apr 11, 2005 20:31 as a reply to  @ J.A.F. Doorhof's post |  #23

I think the best wildlife lens is not a zoom but a prime. At least we shall get 500mm or 600mm.
But for the vote of zooms, I will give it to 100-400mm L. It's a great lens.


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Apr 11, 2005 21:40 as a reply to  @ ScottE's post |  #24

ScottE wrote:
It just shows people didn't test before they bought.

I took test shots with a Canon 100-400 and a Sigma 50-500 before making my decision. I chose the 50-500 because it had slightly better resolution at long focal lengths and the longer focal length made a noticeable difference.

Scott

Well,. I'm not sure this is true.
For instance,. I "tested" the Sigma 50-500mm for well over a year as my primary wildlife lens.. I love the lens and do recomend it...

But I now have the 100-400mmL and it beats the 50-500mm on every level except zoom range and AF tracking of small moving subjects.


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Apr 11, 2005 21:41 as a reply to  @ raylks's post |  #25

raylks wrote:
I think the best wildlife lens is not a zoom but a prime. At least we shall get 500mm or 600mm.
But for the vote of zooms, I will give it to 100-400mm L. It's a great lens.

Ray,. we have a -=TOP 10=- Wildlife Primes poll as well ;)


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Apr 12, 2005 00:34 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #26

CyberDyneSystems wrote:
Well,. I'm not sure this is true.
For instance,. I "tested" the Sigma 50-500mm for well over a year as my primary wildlife lens.. I love the lens and do recomend it...

But I now have the 100-400mmL and it beats the 50-500mm on every level except zoom range and AF tracking of small moving subjects.

My test was done in a camera shop shooting out the open door at the brick wall and signs on a store across the road. We used a tripod, mirror lock-up and a cable release. Comparing shots at 400 mm it was very close, but the Sigma 50-500 showed slightly more resolution than the Canon 100-400. This is not what the salesman expected, but that was his conclusion as well.

The difference was so slight that it really didn't matter so the real choice came down to whether IS on the Canon was worth more to me than the 500 mm focal length on the Sigma. Since I almost always use a tripod for wildlife and the instructions for the 100-400 said to turn off IS when using a tripod I chose the Sigma.

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Apr 12, 2005 01:19 |  #27

It's good there are different lenses to choose from, something for everyone... the deciding factor for me is IS for handholding or with a monopod, it really helps. I don't doubt your test results but wouldn't necessarily generalize them to be true for all 100-400 and Bigma lenses. Of the copies in the store the Bigma was the better lens but I've heard that sharper and softer copies exist of both these lenses. The Bigma is good value for money but overall the characteristics of the 100-400 suit my needs better.


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Apr 14, 2005 10:14 |  #28

Question:

The ef 100-400 zoom which has the top pick, isn't this a push/pull zoom?

Does the push/pull feature get more dust into the camera body, and then the sensor?

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Apr 15, 2005 09:32 |  #29

Noone's ever actually demonstrated any connection between push-pull and dust inside the camera. Any zoom (and many primes) have moving elements within the body, which will act as pistons in a similar manner, and if the 100-400 were to pull in dust as you zoom long, these other lenses would be equally likely to. OTOH, if you want to believe that push-pull sucks in dust, then it'd logically pump it back out as you zoomed back to 100 mm.


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Apr 27, 2005 08:40 |  #30

I have had a Sigma 50-500 for some time now and it is a fine lens, but for wildlife shots you often must be quick and so now I have ordered a Canon 100-400IS lens. A friend let me use his for a day and I had more keepers handheld than I did with the Sigma on a monopod. I know I will miss the extra reach though. 500 seems short when photographing birds..




  
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