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Canon/Sigma or Tamron

Desh_M 13 397
20 Mar 2013 5:38PM
All three brands have a 70-300mm. Question is, which one is the best as a telephoto lens. (Not considering the macro functionality)

I have decided that I cannot go for the Canon 70-300 mm L lens at the moment. So this is regarding the non-L version.

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robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:10PM
wat about second hand
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:32PM
The Canon 70-300 non-L is a very good lens and worked well on my 30D: image quality is excellent for the money and AF is quite quick.
llareggub 7 825 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 7:09PM
A question I toiled with not so long ago (in fact my choice arrived this weekend Smile ) I plumped for the Tamron 70-300 VC USD, in all the reviews I read there was no discernible real world difference in IQ between that and the Canon... Tamron won out for me on Build quality which is reportedly better than the Canon (and it is superb), full time manual focus and a great Image stabilisation system, oh yeah and a "free" lens hood. Both lenses are pretty much the same price.

Not had much chance to shoot with it as weather has been neff but the VC is awesome, it focuses quickly and accurately and most importantly of all the IQ I think is great. Not put anything on line yet but can upload a couple of samples tomorrow Smile

In all the research I did the Sigma offerings in this range languish a long way behind the Canon and Tamron and I discounted them very quickly.
tpfkapm Plus
7 260 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 7:37PM
Canon 70 200 f 4 L and a 1.4 x extender is a very useful combination
And worth thinking about . The 200 end is very good with reasonably good 280mm with extender
pwarner500 5 33 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 7:41PM
i have a canon non L 75-300 some pics in my profile are taken with it tho i have to say im not a big fan but its all i can afford :-( maybe go for the tamron as spoke about above
RavenTepes 8 226 United States
21 Mar 2013 12:03AM

Quote:Canon 70 200 f 4 L and a 1.4 x extender is a very useful combination
And worth thinking about . The 200 end is very good with reasonably good 280mm with extender

Realistically, you could get away with this, but do keep in mind that the 70-200 f4 L is an EF lens, rather than a EF-S, so you'll get an automatic 1.6x. Add the 1.4 teleconverter, and you essentially have a 140-400 piece of kit Wink
Ray12 Plus
5 135 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 4:33AM
Just to say have you thought about the Tamron 18-270mm its a cracking little lense..i have the none VC as i have a A77 with built in stabilisation
llareggub 7 825 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 7:05AM
I agree with all the comments concerning the 70-200 with 1.4TC however for me it sat outside my budget, I bought used at 225 for my Tamron, the cheapest I saw a Canon 70-200 f4L go for was 310 and then need to budget and additional 70-100 for a good TC and fore go image stabilisation Sad
Desh_M 13 397
21 Mar 2013 11:57AM
Thank you guys. I agree with llareggub that most reviews seem to favor the Tamron over Canon whereas the Sigma is way down the line. I might buy a used Tamron for now with the hope of buying Canon L later next year.

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