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Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Mon Jan 19, 2004 4:59 pm

I will be buying a larger lens February or March. I have the 18-55mm that came with my Digital Rebel, and I have bought a Canon 70-200mm f/4L (Seperately).

I am pretty much set on the Sigma 170-500mm $629.00


I have also considered the Canon 50-500mm $750.00- $939.00, but, I would only use it for the 200+ range. Is this a better lens than the 170-500mm?


I have been thinking of getting a 1.4x or 2.0x tele converter for my new Sigma, would the tele converter lower the quality of my photos?

Will I have to get either of these lenses re-chipped?

I would appreciate any opinions. If there are any others out there, I am open to suggestions.

Chad




[Edited 2004-01-19 09:09:47]
 
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:43 pm

You will lose autofocus on both lenses. I believe you are limited to using only the Sigma EX tc's as well.
 
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:22 am

Maiznblu_757 ,
You may want to go to the following website. It's a great site for learning more about digital photography, and they have reviews of various lenses. It's a bit high-brow in that there are a number of professionals who take part in it, but you always get good advice. I would research hard before I would buy. Don't let money in your pocket burn a hole. If you can save a little longer, the better glass is worth the bucks.


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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:47 am

If you are only going to use it for the 200+ range, why buy the 50-500? Many guys on the site use the 175-500 (I think Gary Watt is among them) and the results are great.
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:48 am

Great post I am wondering this for myself as well.

So umm with the 50-500 being newer, how does it actually compare to the 170-500? what are the main differences? I'd think that quality might be better on 170-500 compared to 50-500 when you have a zoom ratio of 10x.

 
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:52 am

huh. After seeing some of Paul robbins' photos from BNA (on the other site, soon to be on here) with his new 100-400L IS I am going to save my money and eventually buy that one. I know the Sigma would be cheaper to get into but the canon picture quality is simply unbelieveable.

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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 7:32 am

Well, I have been told the 170-500mm Sigma lens is great. That is the one I am leaning towards, but, I want to get some last opinions before I buy it. I also want to try to find a newer one, that wont have to be re-chipped.
 
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 7:57 am


Maybe Gary could answer this... Why does the photo look so dark?
This was taken with your Sigma 170-500mm.

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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:19 pm

I'm not Gary, but the shot looks fine to me... and I too am looking forward to receiving my new Sigma 170-500.

I wonder... is it only the 50-500 that qualifies as a 'BIGMA' or this one too?  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:52 am

Why does the photo look so dark?

Maybe it was cloudy out?
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Wed Jan 21, 2004 7:34 am

It's not dark, it just hasn't got any sunlight on it, the sun seems to be shining down the other side of the aircraft.

Nice shot btw!

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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Wed Jan 21, 2004 8:01 am

Yes, it is a great shot.. Just wondering why it looked kind of hazy/dark..

Thanks.

Chad
 
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RE: Once Again, Lens Advice For Digital Rebel

Wed Jan 21, 2004 12:12 pm

Regarding the haze....if you are really zooming in like 400+mm, it is almost inevitable especially here in sunny, humid Miami. It really sucks.
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