Canon 28-135 F3.5-5.6 IS USM Vs. Sigma 24-135 F2.8-4.5

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Nuuk, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. Nuuk

    Nuuk Guest

    To whom it may concern.

    I have been looking at the lenses, in order to choose between them. I am
    planning to buy a Canon 300D(Digital Rebel) and use the Lens in that camera
    (plus the 18-55 kit lens) to take landscape photos. I have a 70-300 sigma
    lens, that I will replace once I really get mad at that slow slow AF, And I
    will properly buy a canon 50F1.8 or maybe a canon 35F2.8 later, since they
    have a low price.

    I have read a lot of reviews about the Canon IS lens, but I have not seen
    anybody using it in full auto mode in image mode. It seams that they all use
    it in Manuel mode or something like it. Does the Canon 300D know when it is
    using a IS lens?, and can therefore stop down a step or two, when it is
    called fore. Or is it the user who knows when it is "safe" to step down a
    bit because the IS lens will make it shape. Because if it is so, the Sigma
    lens does seem a wiser choice for me, since I am not a super user and will
    properly use the Image Zone more often than not, and will benefit more from
    a F2.8-4.5 lens since the light is measured through the lens.

    And have anybody used the Sigma 24-135 F2.8-4.5 lens, I have only seen a
    review in Out Back Photo(something) magazine, they liked it, but I would
    like some more input before I choose.

    Thank you for any comments.

    Rune Christiansen

    Nuuk, Feb 26, 2004
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    Rob Wild Guest

    Although not an answer to your questions, make sure that your sigma
    lenses will actually work on the 300D. As that is a rather new camera,
    older sigma lenses may not work on that camera - recently I borrowed a
    'Canon Mount' Sigma lens (170-500) and it didn't work on my 300V - Canon
    probably altered it's mount or programming slightly to retain brand
    Rob Wild, Feb 26, 2004
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    Skip M Guest

    Realize that you are only talking about a half stop difference between the
    Canon and the Sigma at the wide end and one stop at the long end, and the
    difference seems a little insignificant, given that the IS of the Canon
    gives between 2 and 3 stops advantage hand held.
    I don't know about the image zone on the Rebel, but on my D30 and A2, that
    cancels the custom features. Stay away from it. If you really want the
    camera to do your thinking for you, set it on Program (Creative Zone) and
    leave it. Then you can do program shift, or change the aperture or
    shutter, without changing the exposure, things like that, that will enhance
    your ability to get what you want.
    The other settings indicated by icons are pretty useless, too, besides the
    "green square."
    FWIW, I have used the 28-135 IS in Image Zone, once, worked fine, never did
    it again. It rewound my film completely, not an issue for the RebelD,
    overriding my CF setting.
    Skip M, Feb 26, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    When in doubt, always go with the manufactured lens. It'll be compatible
    with the manufacturer's camera, and you'll probably be able to get both
    serviced in the same place. Saves legwork, and guesswork.

    The only thing in my mind here, is the Sigma appears to have better close-in
    and f-stop specs than the Canon, but it's still such a similarity that I
    wouldn't really make a big deal over it.
    Chris, Feb 27, 2004
  5. I have the Canon 28-135 IS and it is a super lens for a consumer grade zoom.
    The IS is an asset too.

    Have not used the Sigma 24-135 F2.8-4.5, but did buy a Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4
    really cheap for my 16 year old son. It is a poor lens. Optics stink.

    LarryLarry2003, Feb 27, 2004
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    Nuuk Guest

    I will proberly go with the Canon lens, and see if i canĀ“t try the Sigma
    before hand.

    Nuuk, Feb 27, 2004
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