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Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

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Review Date: May 26, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros:
Cons:

In furtherance of my review below, I did a shoot-out with my friend's canon 300 f4L lens. The sigma is only slightly less sharp, but much less contrasty.

 
Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

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Review Date: May 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $815.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: 100-300 zoom, internal focus, nice tripod ring, constant apperature
Cons:
Soft, and seems to have focusing errors and exposure errors when teamed together with my canon 5d.

I gave up a canon 300mm f4L IS to get this zoom in the new DG versions. Well, the main thing I like is the zoom range. However, this is not going to be a birding lens for me. It is too soft at 300mm and even softer with a canon 1.4x tcII. I chose this over the canon 100-400L IS to save money and now have some regrets. I know that zooms will never be as sharp as primes. Never listen to the reviewers that say they are. I rented the 100-400L Is before buying the Sigma and also noticed some softness and didn't like the push/pull. There isn't any perfect choice as far as I can see. You have to pick your pro's and con's.

 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,149.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast focus, easy to carry yet has reach, inexpensive, built-in hood, good close focus
Cons:
This will get you hooked on the white L's and then you will really spend

I use this lens more than I ever thought- birds, coyotes, humming bird, butterflys, ect. I love it with a 1.4x tc. It lives on my 5D. Cannot wait to get an upgrade to a 500mm f4 IS, but will not get rid of this lens. It is too easy to take on wildlife walks. Rented a 600mm gun the other weekend, but it stayed in the case unless I knew I was going to get a shot at ... On the other hand, I love to take the 300mm with the 5D out for a walk. Got some great, unexpected shots that way. My favorite lens of my three L's

 
Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Mar 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,996.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great high ISO performance, nice feel, great focus, nice shutter, bright viewfinder, large LCD, good write speed in RAW with fast CF.
Cons:
slow fps, need great glass, price

Have used this camera for over two months and really cannot say enough about the high ISO and low noise performance. Why do people say Canon is not good of action? I shoot at ISO 1000 without concern, then crop for great bird shoots. You have to buy good lenses to go with this camera. Watch for vingetteing- I passed up the 24-105 L in favor of the 24-70L because of this.

Would have given a 10 for build except the battery door worries me- it seems fragile, however, nothing has happened yet.

Highly recommend this camera, especially if a rumorred price drop of $500 is true.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Feb 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,149.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast, great color, well built
Cons:
too heavy, more zoom would be great, reverse zoom take soom getting used to.

Better than the 24-105 at the widest angle. Do not need the 24mm all the time, but this zoom is handy. Use this lens most frequently when I am not doing telephoto.