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Thread started 28 Nov 2010 (Sunday) 14:47
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Canon 100-400mm VS. Sigma 150-500mm Poll.

 
Nicolas.Goulet
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Nov 28, 2010 14:47 |  #1

If you had the choice to buy only one, money is not a problem, which one you'd buy?

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5- 5.6L IS USM.

VS.

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO.


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Nov 28, 2010 14:48 |  #2

the canon


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Nov 28, 2010 14:49 |  #3

I bought the 100-400.


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Nov 28, 2010 14:59 |  #4

The 100-400 here. Bought it 2 years ago and it rarely leaves my camera.


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Nov 28, 2010 15:00 as a reply to  @ richwood's post |  #5

I happen to have both and the IQ on the Canon wins out by a small margin. I also like the ergonomics of the Canon better.

That's not to say there is anything wrong with the Sigma... but I will eventually sell mine.


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Nov 28, 2010 15:04 |  #6

I used to have the 100-400 (I sold my gear when I was sick a year ago, and had to start over this summer) and it's an amazing piece of glass. It covers such a big area and can make excellent pictures. There's nothing bad about it. I'd jump at the chance to own that lens again.

It keeps its value once you take out the 20% depreciation of going from new to used. After that it stays at its value. You can buy one used and sell it for the same price a year or two later if it's well taken care of.

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Nov 28, 2010 15:09 |  #7

Just bought the 100-400.So far so good


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Nov 28, 2010 15:24 |  #8

I have the 150-500 and have had a love hate relationship with it. On my 450D it gives mediocre images, lots of throwaways, but on my 50D it gives me more than twice as many keepers. Since getting the 50D I no longer want to toss it in the bin and actually like using it. If I had the purchase over again though I'd still go for the 100-400 because even though the Sigma has more reach, the Canon has better IQ.


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Nov 28, 2010 16:14 |  #9

I have the 150-500 and love it. Works like a charm on my cameras, the Stabilizer is great and is a 500mm. The IQ is comparable to the 100-400L on my copy (put side by side to test) at f/8.

The thing is, I love it BUT when I got it, money WAS a problem... so, if it wasn't, I'd probably go for the canon. Not because of the IQ, but mostly because the Sigma loses value quickly and the Canon doesn't.. and the Canon is very sharp wide open, while the Sigma turns only sharp at F/8. At f/6.3 it is kinda "dreamy" if you pixel peep much.

Edit: Just to illustrate the Sharpness of my copy:

F/8:

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Wide open:
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Nov 28, 2010 16:29 |  #10

Already having a 400 prime and 70-300 IS I'd go for the Sigma. Greater range at the long end (where I'd use it) and better OS. If it were my only long zoom I'd probably go the 100-400 and cross all my fingers that I was getting a sharp one.




  
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Nov 28, 2010 16:30 |  #11

probably 100-400... guess I'm a canon snob


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Nov 28, 2010 16:41 |  #12

phreeky wrote in post #11359613 (external link)
Already having a 400 prime and 70-300 IS I'd go for the Sigma. Greater range at the long end (where I'd use it) and better OS. If it were my only long zoom I'd probably go the 100-400 and cross all my fingers that I was getting a sharp one.

Are there a lot of bad copies?


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Nov 28, 2010 16:52 |  #13

Nicolas.Goulet wrote in post #11359674 (external link)
Are there a lot of bad copies?

There seems to be some copy variation with both of these lenses. I think that the Canon has better ergonomics, is much easier to store and has images straight out of the camera with more contrast. The IS is also smoother than the OS (on the Sigma copy that I've tried anyway) but not as effective.

I've never had any real temptation to get one due to owning the 400L. The 150-500 has OS and a nice zoom range which could be nice, but when it comes to IQ I am sure that I could crop an image taken with my prime to have the same FOV @ 500mm and f/5.6 and come out with better sharpness out of the camera than the Sigma at 500mm f/6.3. Nothing against the Sigma, it's more about how good the IQ of my 400 is. I have seen copies of the 100-400 that produce images that rival the prime wide open at 400mm. Take a look at the 150-500 though if you want. If you are able to get away with f/8 then it can produce excellent results, even at 500mm.


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Nov 28, 2010 17:39 |  #14

I chose the Sigma primarily for the extra reach, I did a comparison shot with my brother in laws 100-400 and apart from the Sigma being slightly warmer in tone there was no perceivable difference. I could afford a 100-400 as well but if buying again it would be another Sigma though perhaps the new 50-500, though I might be tempted by a Canon 500 f4 if I had the money ;)


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Nov 28, 2010 17:43 |  #15

I absolutely love my 100-400. Though unfortunately it hasn't gotten much use :'( I say if you have the money, get the 100-400, if not, the 150-500 is a great lens as well and I'm sure you will be happy with it ;)


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