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Can Someone Help Me On A 400mm Lense Choice?  
User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3749 times:

Hi guys,
I am looking for a 400mm autofocas (Cannon preferably) lense for my Cannon EOS300. It already has a 75-300 USM lense but i would like the added benifit of maybe a 200-400mm? if there is such a thing. Now here comes the drawback i have a maximum budget of £500 Pounds sterling (about $740 USD)
The situations for using the camera will be for aircraft movements/takeoff/landing etc. I am looking for a lense that will give me clear, and crisp pictures.
Any help you can give me would be greatley appreciated as i'm not exactley a genious when it comes to cameras.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Looking foreward to hearing your recomendations.

Sincerely
Dan


Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
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User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

Hi,

Sigma do a 170-500mm f5/6.3 for £569.90 (I have this lens for my EOS30)
http://www.photographyreview.com/pscLenses/35mm,Zoom/Sigma,170-500mm,f-5-6.3,Aspherical,RF,APO/PRD_83590_3128crx.aspx

Sigma do a 135-400mm f4.5/5.6 for £499.90
http://www.photographyreview.com/pscLenses/35mm,Zoom/Sigma,135-400mm,4.5-5.6,Aspherical,RF,APO/PRD_83589_3128crx.aspx

Regards,
Craig.


User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

Hi Craig,
Yeah that Sigma 170-500mm looks pretty nice for the price. I might wait a few more weeks and check that one out.
Any ideas what its like for aviation photography and if you really need a tri-pod for it, as most of my work is done by hand held.?

many thanks
Regards
Dan



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User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Dan...i wasn't aware that you had an EOS 300?  Big grin
EGFF



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

No tripod necessary for the Sigma 170-500, unless you are shooting in low light conditions, then I would recommend a mono or tripod.

When I bought mine about 2 years ago, I had to get used to the weight, shooting hand held now not a problem at all.

As for the image quality, well not bad , of course you cannot compare it to the big players "prime lenses" but for the money a good buy.

If you like to see some example, check out the work of myself, Gary Watt, Andrew Hunt and I believe Paul Dopson.

Vasco G.


User currently offlineJormy From Finland, joined Jan 2000, 231 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

I think a fixed focal length second hand Canon EF 400 f/5.6L moves in your price range. You would definately get much better quality out of that lense than those Sigma (or Canon) zooms.

-Janne


User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3662 times:

No problems hand holding the 500mm, and it is not too heavy considering it is 500mm. Only 1.3kg if I remember correctly. I tend to hold by the lens hood for extra stability.
Try this example below.
http://www.pbase.com/image/2581845/original
Regards,
Craig


User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

I'm a bit torn between the Sigma 170-500mm, and a Canon EF 400 f/5.6L. But i have a question: what is the differance between a "fixed 400mm" and a 170-500mm? is it that the fixed 400mm stays at 400mm and you cant adjust the zoom rate at all?

Loking foreward to your replys.
Thanks
Regards
Dan

PS-Shaun: just looking into a few things  Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Exactly: 400mm fixed means it IS 400. no zoom.

Usually it gives better optics.

Wietse



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User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

So, basically, it's image quality vs. versatility. Your choice.

'949


User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

I think for a "beginner" it might be beneficial to have " versatility" rather than the quality. No doubt most fixed lenses are better in quality, although I have to say the Sigma is a fine lens, never let me down, only in low light at 500mm f6.3 problems have occured.

But this is the price you pay

Sigma 170-500 for about USD 600
vs.
Nikon / Canon 400mm f2.8 or 500mm f4 for USD 8000.

Vasco G.



User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

The Sigma 400mm APO is a superb lens, and should be in your price range 2nd hand. As you already have a zoom for 75-300, getting a zoom which overlaps into this range does seem a bit redundant - I'd go for the image quality.

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

I understand this, but i am interested in getting shots whihc a 300mm/400mm cant quite reach, that a 500mm would. Hmmm decisions. How much would the fixed 400mm be? and would it have the fittings to go on the Canon EOS 300 series?


Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

Well, your doing well Dan  Smile She's sitting here next to me crying at the thought of leaving me  Laugh out loud but then again, i dont blame her look who she's going too  Big grin
EGFF  Big thumbs up



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