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Deciding Between Canon And Sigma  
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

Suppose you were an aviation photographer. You are saving up for the next upgrade glass. You've narrowed the field to the BIGMA and the Canon 100-400 IS.

The Sigma is cheaper and goes to 500mm. The Canon is more expensive but has IS. The Sigma is heavier (I think).

Any opinions?


II Cor. 4:17-18
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User currently offlineDRAIGONAIR From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 708 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

hey,

i had the same decision to make. I went for the Ef100-400mm and damn man go for it! Awesome lens and you wont be disapointed. Also because quality is good you can crop in Adobe photo shot, making the shot more than 400mm!
and the IS is awesome!
cheers! let us know what you choose!

Nick



cheers
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

Buy Nikon  Big thumbs up

Andy



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineAnder From Spain, joined Jan 2005, 367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Sleek
I got my 100-400L just a few weeks ago.
It gives me nothing but great moments. Images
come clean and sharp, you almost need no USM.
A lens without IS is a NOGO for me.
If you can afford it, go for Canon.
Ander.



Born to tri.
User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

I had to make the same decision about 2 months ago!
After several weeks of reading tons of reviews for both lenses, asking & emailing other photographers, being at my local store and trying them both I finally decided the 100-400L is the better choice.

Probably you should visit your local store and try em both. To find out which one "feels better". I did not regret getting the Canon lens for one moment. Also with the 1.6x factor of digital cameras ( 1.3 if you use a 1Dseries ) the 100-400 becomes a 640mm at the high end... not too bad!

Florian



Jet Visuals
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5859 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3567 times:

nothing wrong with the Bigma either, i've been using it for a while now and i'm very pleased with it, don't like the push-pull of the 100-400 and IS is for wimps too!  Big grin but as mentioned, the best thing you can do is try for yourself.


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User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3554 times:

Thanks, guys. I rented the 100-400 a couple of weeks ago, but the weather was lousy and the sun was nowhere to be found. But I saw how I could really get used to it!


II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

..

Never will be a Sigma lens better than a L Canon lens. And about the decision I'd say like Colin K. Work used to say: buy a 300/4 L IS (or without this feature..). Is a better lens...

Cheers and good choice.

Enrique

PD: About Nikon I'll just say if you want something better than Canon go for Leica...and sell your house!



User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3472 times:

Never will be a Sigma lens better than a L Canon lens.
You made a very short turn here mate.  Laugh out loud
Some of the Sigma's(EX) are very close or even just as good as there rivals from Canon which is discussed quite a few times already so i am not gonna spend more words on it.
Another option might be the Sigma 80-400EX OS(with stabilizer), a little more range then the 100-400L, cheaper but probably heavier too.
From what i have heard quite good too.

Willem



The truth lives in one’s mind, it doesn’t really exist
User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

..

Willem, of course this "never" was something colloquial. When using words like never, always etc you have the risk to be wrong..
Same thing for Leica lenses. Who says is better than Canons or Nikons? No doubt ALL the Leica's supporters will tell you that but I have to be convinced first with a good comparison..

All the best

Enrique


User currently offlineChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

Show me a Leica with autofocus  Insane

Nice glass yes but nothing for aviation.



what seems to be the officer, problem?
User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Who needs AF??

Staffan


User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3437 times:

My own opinion is you cannot beat Canon L glass...

I swear its made by Gods and processed on the knee of a fair maiden  Big thumbs up

[Edited 2005-02-03 00:03:04]


Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

Haha, make sure you tuck them up nicely in bed at night Simon.

Tony Silgrim has got some very sharp images from his EX kit; easily the equal of anything I've seen from Canon. I'm pretty sure it's good stuff.


James



It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Sigma produce an excellent range of glass in their EX series which is as good as or better than the canon equivilent


Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineChrisM001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 72 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

I would say that there is little to choose between the Canon 'L' series and their equivalent Sigma 'EX' lenses as I have lenses from both ranges. Canon's are generally slightly better (but only just) but are normally more expensive.

At the end of the day, its all down to personal choice.....


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