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Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

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Review Date: Nov 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $630.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Wonderfully sharp wide open and at all apertures. Built like a tank HSM is no different to USM imho. Excellent finish.
Cons:
Maybe a touch heavy. Imagine image stabilisation on this beast!

Bought on ebay.
This lens will definitely replace my 70-200 f4L.
There is no difference in image quality between the 2 and the extra reach is a bonus.
Add a 1.4 teleconverter and I have a mid range zoom that rivals the 100-400L and a constant aperture of f5.6 plus an extra 20mm at the pointy end with virtually no image quality loss.
Image quality rivals my 300f4L Prime.

Here is a sample.
full 100% crop
http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~smeegles/Stuff/siggy100-300/oscarcrop.jpg
wide open shot
http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~smeegles/Stuff/siggy100-300/rings.jpg