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for those interested, a very impressive quick hands on with this lens over on the darkside
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1229241

Tim



Jul 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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willis wrote:
Shame it's got even heavier too.


I saw that too- but according to the review, that's all in the hood and the foot, which are significantly improved. Looks like Sigma was more interested in making a tank, unlike the direction Canon took with their II series teleprimes with a focus on lower weight and better balance.



Jul 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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I am looking to buy a bigger telephoto then my 70-200, the sigma look quite interesting! Great performance at an ''affordable'' price. Yes I would love a 300 prime but zoom is so much versatile for sports event and when you don't have two bodies.


Jul 28, 2013 at 04:25 AM
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I own the new version of the Sigma 120-300 and have used it with both the Canon 1.4x II and the 2.0x III and enjoyed the results. The sharpness out of the lens straight out of camera is quite good. It is not as fast focusing as the 300 2.8 IS II Canon but at 1/2 the price, I am ok with it. The build quality is improved and feels very solid.

Scott



Jul 28, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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Did you adjust the af to motor priority with the usb dock?? It is supposed to really increased focus speed making it as fast as a 300 prime . Sigma tc are also "suppose" to work better with the 120-300


Jul 28, 2013 at 06:07 PM
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swingthis1 wrote:
I own the new version of the Sigma 120-300 and have used it with both the Canon 1.4x II and the 2.0x III and enjoyed the results. The sharpness out of the lens straight out of camera is quite good. It is not as fast focusing as the 300 2.8 IS II Canon but at 1/2 the price, I am ok with it. The build quality is improved and feels very solid.

Scott


Thanks Scott. Would you also be inclined to also prorate image quality along the lines of the Sigma-Canon price differential, or mainly just the focus speed.

Any comments on the IS system: Good, bad, or pretty good for the price?

I ask out of sincere interest, meaning I just can't absorb the Canon 200-400 price and I'm looking at this Sigma lens, perhaps to mate with the Canon 1.4II. I just spent two weeks with a rental copy of the 100-400 and I'm adjusting with difficulty to the aperture range on that lens.

Many thanks,

John-



Jul 29, 2013 at 01:25 AM
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I just spent two weeks with a rental copy of the 100-400 and I'm adjusting with difficulty to the aperture range on that lens.

I rented a 100-400 last year and ran it through Focal Pro with and without the 1.4II but I really never felt I was getting sharp images throughout the focal ranges. Especially the with the TC attached, just wasn't happy. We've all seen sharp images out of the 100-400 but the keeper rate for me wasn't enough to justify buying this lens.

I think what sigma has done MA is really quite nice and I'm looking forward to renting this sigma lens. Although I could see Focal Pro shooting thousands of shots to measure the various focal lengths and fstops, yikes.



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swingthis1 wrote:
I own the new version of the Sigma 120-300 and have used it with both the Canon 1.4x II and the 2.0x III and enjoyed the results. The sharpness out of the lens straight out of camera is quite good. It is not as fast focusing as the 300 2.8 IS II Canon but at 1/2 the price, I am ok with it. The build quality is improved and feels very solid.

Scott


Any sports samples? Is the focus speed enough of an issue to harm keeper rates for field sports? I know this is the "Sports" lens, but I've yet to see field sports such as soccer or fast-moving sports shot with the lens. It's always some slow moving duck in a pond!



Jul 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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andyjh wrote:
Any sports samples? Is the focus speed enough of an issue to harm keeper rates for field sports? I know this is the "Sports" lens, but I've yet to see field sports such as soccer or fast-moving sports shot with the lens. It's always some slow moving duck in a pond!


I used the 1st version of this lens for a few years with my Nikon camers and had no problem shooting soccer. It's keeper ratio was no worse than the Nikon 300 I had at the time.



Jul 30, 2013 at 02:11 PM
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I will be posting some real world reviews myself very soon as I shot a buddies soccer game last week. I just haven't had time to write out a review in the "Sports" area yet.

Ross



Aug 01, 2013 at 08:01 PM
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Dont, sigma tc's at the moment are complete trash. From what I've experienced anyway.


Aug 04, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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beeframen wrote:
Dont, sigma tc's at the moment are complete trash. From what I've experienced anyway.


I completely disagree. I have both canon v2 and sigma 1.4x's and the sigma is just as good as the Canon one...

I dont have a canon 2x anymore, but the sigma 2x works fine!



Aug 04, 2013 at 08:12 PM
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beeframen wrote:
Dont, sigma tc's at the moment are complete trash. From what I've experienced anyway.


Your first post is bashing Sigma's TC's when its well they work better with Sigma lenses? great entrance.



Aug 05, 2013 at 01:58 PM
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