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Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

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Review Date: May 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: F4 from 100-300, build quality, A sigma EX lens
Cons:
Heavy, must be careful about handheld shots

This is the best 100-300 lens on the market for under $1k. Canon does not offer anything in this range with this lens specs. The closest is the 100-400 4.5-5.6 . I did not like the push-pull design of that lense. The only better lens in this range is the Sigma 120-300 2.8, but it is $2k. I wanted a lens with more reach and my 70-200 would only get close with a 1.4 telecon. on it. The HSM focus is fast. Even with a 1.4 telecon the 100-300 is fast. The only negative with an F4 is you need enough light. I was still suprised that I have been able to get some inside shots with this len. This lense is heaver than the 70-200, so handholding requires proper technique. A great Sigma EX series lense.

 
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

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Review Date: May 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, F2.8, Sigma EX series
Cons:
No HSM & AF is louder

I bought this lense to cover the 24-70 range. This is a well built lens. It was the fixed F2.8 across the whole range if needed. This lense is wide and heavy. Using the built in flash, the lens hood casts a shadow in the image. My only real complaint is that this len does not have the HSM. The lens have a noiser AF and is nto as fast as other lens with HSM. This is my standard lens. Another great offering from Sigma in their EX series.

 
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

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Review Date: May 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $668.85 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, HSM, included tripod collar, F2.8.
Cons:
None.

I was looking for a 70-200 lens to rpelace the 75-300 APO Super II 4.5-5.6 Sigma. I was considering the Canon F4 & F2.8 non IS and the Sigma F2.8 . The differences between three models were:

Canon F4 - an L lens, F4, no collar - hundred dollar option, 1 year warranty, priced around $575.

Canon F2.8 non-IS - an L lens, $1200, heaviest of lens looking at, 1 year warranty.

Sigma 2.8 - About $100 more than Canon F4, included tripod collar, 4 year warranty, lighter than Canon 2.8.

I have had the Sigma since Jan 05. This has been a great lens. Currently it is my only good lense in this range. With HSM it focuses lighting quick on my D30. Can add a 1.4 teleconveter for a little more reach. Works great in low light situations where an F4 would not be able to work in. Well built, but not a light lens. For those on a budget or do not need the L. This lens is a great buy.