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Sigma 70-200 F2.8 vs 70-300 APO DG Macro

28 Sep 2012 2:50PM
Having found a new found enthusiasm since purchasing my 60d, I am now looking to upgrade my lenses. Before anyone starts I know lens first then body but my 350d was getting old and I only paid 500 for the 60d!!

Anyway my dilemma is this. I like shooting low light and portraits, I also like to shoot wildlife. I have a budget of about 1000.

Option 1 Sigma 70 - 200 F2.8 and a 2 x converter This would give me the option to shoot portraits and low light and also effectively a range of 70 - 200 and 140 - 400 with the latter shooting at f6ish.

Ideal world I would get the 70-200 and 150-500

My question on this is would I notice much difference between this and my Sigma 70-300 DG AP Macro other than the ability to shoot at F2.8

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Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 2:55PM
Why not get either a 50mm or 85mm, F1.4 or F1.8? Cheap, lightweight and big aperture.
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 5:43PM
The Answer is YES and stick with the 1.4 sigma tc not the 2x.
28 Sep 2012 7:41PM
Should have said my current lenses are sigma 17 70 f2.8-4, 50mm f1.8 and sigma 70-300
29 Sep 2012 9:56AM
I have the 60D and Sigma 70-200 with 1.4x TC. I decided against the 2x as the falloff in light would have been too much. Very happy with the 70-200 although i don't get much chance to use it. The Sigma TCs will only work with certain lenses so be careful of your choice.

Main reason i bought the TC is because i can have the extra reach when i need it but retain the 2.8 max apeture when i dont.
1 Oct 2012 5:50PM
Thanks everyone. I think I've decided now. As soon as funds are topped back up, I will be ordering the 70-200 with 1.4 converter. As this will still leave me short of 300mm I will be saving for the canon 100-400 f4-5.6 L IS
gingerdougie 11 67 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 11:55PM
Be careful. A converter does not work with a 150-500 Sigma
8 Oct 2012 12:30AM
according to the official Sigma website,both the 1.4x & 2x tc,work on the camera,but only on manual focus.

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