Opinions on this lens please?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Munk, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. Munk

    Munk Guest

    Ive been looking at some lenses for my canon 300d, and have found this one :
    http://www.47stphoto.com/si13fasrfapo4.html I have also found the same lens
    els where for around $400, can any one tell me if this would be a good lens
    to go for, or would I get something better for around the same price?

    Many thanks
    J
     
    Munk, Feb 6, 2005
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  2. Randall Ainsworth, Feb 6, 2005
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  3. Munk

    Alex Guest

    Well, you're not telling us what other lenses you already own. If this
    is to be your only lens, I could only recommend it if you were only
    going to be shooting wildlife.

    Take note that Sigma lenses, often, need rechipping when a new Canon
    body is released (that's *if* you buy the new body, obviously). Sigma
    will do it for free but it's something to consider - you're dependant
    on their service (which is not to say it's bad - I never saw anyone
    complain).

    Also, notice that the largest aperture is 4.5 at the 135mm end. That
    is a little slow. So, you might need to pump up the ISO and/or
    increase the shutter time. This won't be a problem for shooting things
    that don't move often or quickly but it's something to keep in mind.

    After looking here:
    http://www.photozone.de/active/surv...' or brand='Tokina AF' or brand='Vivitar AF'"

    It seems like that lens' AF is very slow. Since it's not one of
    Sigma's newer HSM lenses, that's not surprising. The only other
    negative in that compilation of reviews is that its performance wide
    open, in the long end is sub-par.

    Instead of this lens, I would recommend the shorter but much faster
    Sigma 100-300 f/4 APO EX HSM.
     
    Alex, Feb 6, 2005
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  4. Munk

    Munk Guest

    Thanks for your help, I will take that in to account, I currently only have
    the 18-55mm lens that came in the kit, im looking to build a small
    collection up, and was just wondering how this one would compare to others
    around the same cost?
    thanks again for your help
    j
     
    Munk, Feb 6, 2005
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  5. Munk

    brian Guest

    I agree, can't get much better than a Sigma, well said Randall.

    Brian........................
     
    brian, Feb 6, 2005
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  6. Munk

    grol Guest

    I second the Sigma 100-300 f/4 APO EX HSM!!!! Optically, its pretty much the
    best telezoom you can buy.

    The two best ~300mm telephoto options for optical quality:
    Sigma AF F4.0 100-300mm EX (HSM) **4.18** = very-good (US$899.00)
    Sigma AF F2.8 120-300mm EX (HSM) **4.05** = very-good (US$1,999.00)

    The two best ~400mm telephoto options for optical quality:
    Canon EF 4.5-5.6 100-400mm USM L IS **3.94** = very-good (US$1,369.95)
    Sigma AF F4.5-5.6 80-400mm EX OS **3.32** = good (US$999.00 )
    http://photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#Ztele

    Whereas the lens in question:
    Sigma AF 4.5-5.6 135-400mm APO Asph. RF **2.86** = average (US$539.00 - so
    $400 is a good price)
    http://photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#Ztelesl

    I wouldn't buy the lens that you are considering. The other three Sigmas are far
    better, but if budget is an issue, then you'd be better off with the Sigma AF
    4.0-5.6 70-300mm **APO** Macro Super **3.21** = average (US$209.00).

    grol
     
    grol, Feb 6, 2005
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  7. Munk

    Dirty Harry Guest

    Also don't forget that 300mm will give you about a 480mm 35mm equiv on that
    camera...
     
    Dirty Harry, Feb 9, 2005
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