sleekjet
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Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:08 am

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?
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draigonair
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:13 am

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
 
skidmarks
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:17 am

Buy Nikon  Big thumbs up

Andy
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Ander
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:38 am

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.
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INNflight
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:52 am

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
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QANTAS077
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:04 am

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.
 
sleekjet
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:46 am

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!
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mygind66
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 5:37 am

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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!

 
aviopic
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:54 am

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
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mygind66
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:27 am

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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
 
ChrisH
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:39 am

Show me a Leica with autofocus  Insane

Nice glass yes but nothing for aviation.
what seems to be the officer, problem?
 
Staffan
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:42 am

Who needs AF??

Staffan
 
LHRSIMON
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:02 am

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

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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
 
sulman
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:07 am

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
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kaddyuk
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:08 pm

Sigma produce an excellent range of glass in their EX series which is as good as or better than the canon equivilent
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ChrisM001
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RE: Deciding Between Canon And Sigma

Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:12 pm

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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