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Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:44 pm

Hi all,

I am in a dilemma at present. I have around £350 and I am looking towards a new lens.

The lenses in question are predominantly the Sigma 100-300 F/4 with 1.4x converter. Can I have an opinion of the quality of this lens please on it's own and with the converter if possible.

The other lenses would be the Bigma 50-500 which would set me back more than the others as I would need a new bag and a BG-E1. The cheapest option would be the Sigma 70-200 2.8 with 2x converter, but I guess quality is lost in that.

Opinions please if poss guys and gals thanks all.

(P.S. 100-400 is out of the question lol)
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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:01 am

Quoting LHRsunriser (Thread starter):
Can I have an opinion of the quality of this lens please on it's own and with the converter if possible.

Simple .... buy the lens !

ive used it for a while now , i have no problems in recommending the lens to anyone , rapid focus and pin sharp images

I have the EX 1.4 conv also but have yet to find a use for it yet , although i have played with it on the lens , the focus is a little slower and the F4 becomes F5.6 as for the image quality i ant comment on yet .

hope this helps

Tony


Edit : I also have used the 70-200 f2.8 ... that lens was by far the best i have ever owned ! however the downside was the maximum 200mm , when you have a lower F number on the lens you do not need IS , i would always go with F2.8 or F4 rather than IS personally simple reason of cost and i have NEVER once thought i wish i had IS

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:04 am

Hi Dominic,

I can't give you any own experience advice on those lenses, but can maybe give you some advice.

I have just bought a 100-400 IS L Canon lens but before I bought it, I looked into some othere lenses. I looked into the combination 200mm 2x converter. After reading several website I decided not to go for the 2x converter as this give a 'poor' result. A lot better was the 1.4x convert but this wasn't enough zoom for me. So I wouldn't go for the Sigma 70-200 with 2x converter option if I was you.

If money isn't a problem, I would go for the Bigma 50-500. Quality is (from what I read) good. The only problem could be the weight of the lens.

Hope this info is of any use!

Good luck in with your choice!

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:09 am

Thanks very much. Well the 100-300 is at the top of the list atm closely followed byt he Bigma. I used the Bigma at the Southend airshow. It was peachy, I could hack the weight but would have to rest the camera down somewhere.

I was just wondering as I will not often shoot full out 500mm, will the 100-300 at 420mm 5.6 give me good image quality with pretty quick focusing. Tony is the focusing real slow?

Cheers Dom
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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:15 am

Dom , The focusing does slow down a touch when used with the 1.4x .... it is still very much useable though

If you bought the lens and used it from the start with the conv on ... youd still be very impressed with the speed of the focus .

still ... go for it

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:37 am

Quoting LHRsunriser (Thread starter):
The other lenses would be the Bigma 50-500 which would set me back more than the others as I would need a new bag and a BG-E1. The cheapest option would be the Sigma 70-200 2.8 with 2x converter, but I guess quality is lost in that

Erm I think you should check your prices out.

The 50-500 is circa £649 the 70-200 F2.8 EX HSM + 2x converter is £818.

The 70-200 + converter is far from the cheapest option.

The 70-200 F2.8 EX HSM is a stunning lens, I own this along with the 1.4 converter and the quality is stunning.

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:59 am

Quoting LHRsunriser (Thread starter):
I am in a dilemma at present. I have around £350 and I am looking towards a new lens.

The lenses in question are predominantly the Sigma 100-300 F/4 with 1.4x converter. Can I have an opinion of the quality of this lens please on it's own and with the converter if possible.

The cheapest I can find the 100 - 300 F4 for is £668.99.

Are you talking about the 100-300 F4.5 - 6.7 which is £89.99? If so I don't think the quality will be great with a 2x convertor.

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 1:06 am

Quoting UA935 (Reply 6):
The cheapest I can find the 100 - 300 F4 for is £668.99.

Jesus, is that quote from Jessops or something?!

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...=777_4_409_40911&products_id=99500

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 2:22 am

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 7):
Jesus, is that quote from Jessops or something?!

No it was from Warehouse express but even £549.00 is still a heck of a lot more than the £350 with convertor mentioned in the initial post!

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 5:44 am

Dom,

I use the 100-300mm f4 and love it.

The 100-300mm f4 does AF with the 1.4 and will become f5.6 throughout the zoom range. I have yet to try the 100-300mm f4 with a 1.4 although I am tempted to get one but knowing the 100-300 speed I can't belive it would impact much on the speed.

Cheers

Ben

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Sat Jul 02, 2005 7:05 am

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 7):
Jesus, is that quote from Jessops or something?!

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...=777_4_409_40911&products_id=99500

Simon

YEs and buying from them isnt damaging the UK market! They also sell grey lenses and to be honest their customer services leave a lot to be desired. Ill steer well clear i think!

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RE: Sigma 100-300 F/4 With 1.4x Converter?

Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:40 am

Ok thanks all for the comments. I went Waddington at the weekend:

http://www.ukar.co.uk/board/ikonboar...04da6ef429d7850;act=ST;f=10;t=4418

Photos are in the link above.

Quite simply I will get the 100-300 with the converter which will give me 420mm of reach or I will dish out alot more money for most like the same optical quality if not worse for the Bigma. But it has the extra reach, but 60mm isn't much as I never go wack out on a lens alot of the time.

Ben, I will let you know but since I need another 300 quid if I am going to get the converter aswell lol it will be a while.

Cheers All, Dom
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