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Sigma, Tamron or Canon?

RobbieC 14 9 England
19 Apr 2007 10:12PM
hi please help me decide.
i am looking for a lens in the 70-300 zoom range (not too costly) as i am still quite new to photography.
i have looked at sigma, tamron and canon.
my camera is the 350D?

any help would be appreciated.
mjsayles 15 1.0k
19 Apr 2007 10:46PM
I used to have the Canon 75-300 Mk III USM, and TBH the results were really quite good. It was incredibly sharp, even at the 300mm end, considering it's not an expensive lens. I think you can pick them up for around 160 new.
mjsayles 15 1.0k
19 Apr 2007 10:50PM
THIS PHOTO was taken with my Canon 75-300 Mk III USM at the 300mm end (1/30 sec at f6.3, ISO 100)
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
19 Apr 2007 11:35PM
Tempts me to dig mine out of the cupboard and use it!

However, bird photography is not my forte'

The buggers won't stay still.

I suppose if they did, however, they'd fall out of the sky! Smile

i use sigma 70-300 DG APO and more than pleased with it, gives great results, price should be no more than 170

kezeka 14 79 United States
20 Apr 2007 12:18AM
The shots from the 70-300 DG APO (sigma) are relatively crisp and clear compared to the 75-300 from the shots i have used each on. I do know from a friend that the canon 75-300 is very soft at the long end.

Hope that is helpful,
icemanonline 14 77 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 12:42AM

I got the Sigma APO from here...

And paid via bank transfer and got 2.5% of the final price. So paid only 113 and pennies. No probs and more than happy with it.

If you look at my portfolio ...the recent picture I took of the moon on a feezing nite was using that lens in manuel mode.

Hope this helps.... icemanonline
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
20 Apr 2007 12:44AM
Seems to be a lot of differing views on the EF 75-300 MKIII USM.

Not really used mine much - it came with the 300V kit. Never yet tried it on the 300D.

Something else to try!

Superficial 14 147
20 Apr 2007 3:10AM
I think it must be a case of quality control with some samples great. The only 75-300 MkIII I've used is horribly soft at the long end and not much better throughout, even stopped down. Plus f/6.3 @ 300mm isn't great and can affect the AF.
mjsayles 15 1.0k
20 Apr 2007 5:51PM
Well obviously you get what you pay for, and the 75-300 MkIII USM isn't a world beater. But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the images it produced. Mine came with the 300V too, but I used it with the 350D with reasonable success. I know it's hard to tell from the smallish JPEG of the owl in the link above, but it really is a very sharp picture (taken with the 350D).

I have heard a few people moan about the 75-300 MkIII being soft (especially at the long end), but mine really was pretty good. I must have got lucky I suppose.
steve_p 15 1.2k England
20 Apr 2007 7:51PM
I have owned both the Sigma 70-300APO and the Canon 75-300 MK111USM. The only real difference I noticed was that the Canon was quieter and quicker when focussing, especially in low light. I think the Sigma was better made,though. Like everything else though I think there is a variation in samples of the product.
IMHO I would buy the Sigma, because I dont like the cheap feel of the Canon model.
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
20 Apr 2007 11:49PM

Quote:IMHO I would buy the Sigma, because I dont like the cheap feel of the Canon model.

I agree about the cheap feel of the Canon lens in question.

21 Apr 2007 9:21AM
I bought the sigma 70-300 DG APO Macro for about 155, great lens. As with all these when you get to longer lengths, you need a tripod. If you hand hold a lot may be worth saving for something with IS.
steve_p 15 1.2k England
21 Apr 2007 9:46AM

Quote:If you hand hold a lot may be worth saving for something with IS.

I would agree with that - I recently bought a Canon 70-300 IS, which works well, and its better build quality,

RobbieC 14 9 England
21 Apr 2007 9:00PM
Thanks for all your input on this topic. i shall consider my options......... and let you know the outcome

thanks again


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