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Re: Need advice on fast telephoto lens

Unread post by Barcud » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:15 pm

Hi Jane,

Thanks for the feedback, appreciated.

I have a wimberley head on my tripod, works great at 1200mm (and "1800mm" on the D2x). Lets me get birds in flight with this set-up. Still lots of binned shots though!

Seriously tempted by the 300mm though, so I'll look into it a bit more and see if I win the lottery this weekend!

Cheers,

Barcud

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Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by Massimo » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:15 pm

Hey Guys,

Im looking to sell my sigma 150-500 lens and would like something that will be nice and sharp at good length. Now if it was up to you what would you get:

400 L F5.6 Lens
OR
Sigma 300 F2.8 with both a 1.4 x and a 2.0 sigma DC converters. This giving me with a 1.4 converter 420mm at a F4 and 600 F5.6 with the 2X converter !!

Help please...
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Re: Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:42 pm

Hi Massimo,
I just got my Sigma 300 mm 2.8 and before decided also had a look a the 400mm. Finally choice went for the 300 for various reasons, principal one being it's f 2.8.
Love it and even if it's heavy for hand held shots I'm very happy of my choice.
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Re: Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by Robbie A » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:03 pm

Nothing beats an F2.8 lens... I would go for the 300mm with the TC's..
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Re: Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by anne catherine » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:55 pm

Hi Massimo ,

I have the 400mmf:5.6 canon and i like it , very light , i don't mind taking it with me everywhere i go for wildlife , surf , hiking . But i have also the 300mmf:4 IS and a 70-200f:4IS and several bodies .I am thinking now i probably will never buy a 300mmf:2.8 ( it would be only for the 2:8 and the nicer bokhey ) but ,if my level and my purse could justify ,the 500mmf:4.

4OOmm is often too much for my taste in KNP for mammals .But sometimes it's not and it"s better for birds than 300 .
So i would say , if you have only one long lens ,don't mind often change the converters ,don't do a lot of hiking but buy the lens for national parks , i think you will be pleased with the conspicuous 300mmf:2.8 as you will have three lens in one .
For me , even if i bought at the beginning three lenses as we were three to take pics in KNP , now i realize i am more happy with my three lens and several bodies and don't look too much after the 300mmf:2.8 because changing always converters make me very very lazy and missing pics at the end and going everywhere with this conspicuous big lens is not for me .( i have a 1.4 TC with the 300mm , so know what changing all ways TC means )
The only thing is that i dont have the reach of 600mm .
So i would say it depends on how much lens you will have , what you want to do with the lens and feel the best for you :)

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Re: Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by bert » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:08 pm

Its also about price
The 400 5.6 is one of the cheapest L lenses on the market at this range
Sharp and fast and top quality images and glass
The only complaint if you read test is that canon must upgrade it to IS
But does not perform well with a converter. Due to the factor 5.6

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Re: Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by Massimo » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:00 pm

Hey guys!

i took a photo when at the park with the 400 L lens and it showed the difference between the two lenses. But just to tell you that i am keeping the Sigma for now and looking at upgrading the body from a 450D to a 7D instead. Gonna really put the Sigma through all its paces and when it gives up start my L series collection.

The 300 F 2.8 with both converters was / is selling at ODP for R15k which is a give away price. thats why i was looking at that option. Brand new the lens alone goes for R30K

But im still a sigma 150-500 fan. In fact i will have two 150-500 lenses as i got a good price with the 7d and sigma 150-500 as a bundle.
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Re: Canon 400 L F5.6 or Sigma 300 F2.8 EX prime 1.4 / 2.0

Unread post by Berkhead » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:14 pm

Checkout this old review:

http://www.shutterbug.net/test_reports/0204sb_sigma/

In a nutshell the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 beats the Sigma 300 prime.

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New 800mm lens announcement

Unread post by Scottm » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:43 pm

For those that have a desire to get the best and have the funds available, have a look at the newly announced Nikon 800mm f5.6 VR that, by initial MTF charts, may be Nikon's best lens ever ... Got almost $18,000 lying around?

http://photographylife.com/nikon-800mm-f5-6e-fl-ed-vr-announcement

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Re: New 800mm lens announcement

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:47 pm

+ a 1.25 extender is included in the deal, so you are playing with 1000 mm. IF your camera has AF up to f/8.
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