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    Hi.

    I am interested in getting the new Canon 70-300mm L lens. Is there anybody here that has this lens?

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

    Here is a link to a review of the lens.

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    Not sure the price, but also look at the 28-300 L

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    The 28-300 is a very nice lens has a great range. They are not that easy to come by any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Not sure the price, but also look at the 28-300 L
    A bloody heavy lens for what you get - its well over half a kilo more than a 70-300.. but then again I suppose you could lose the weight of a shorter lens.
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    I would give me front teeth for one of those, such an awesome range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    I would give me front teeth for one of those, such an awesome range.
    What kind of lens could NAAS get for his front teeth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    What kind of lens could NAAS get for his front teeth.
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    I have been giving consideration what I should buy in this range for some time. I was focused on the 120 - 300 / 2.8 Sigma but at the price of +/- R31,000 justification was difficult. I read the 70 - 300L digital picture review and was impressed. The price at +/- R15,000 is also more palatable. I checked out the 28 - 300L and it is also on the pricy side at +/- R25,000 but a great lens - See digital picture review. I was left with one other lens that could give me the overall requirements for my hobby and am also considering the Sigma 50 - 500 at +/- R18000. Therefor final choice between 70-300l canon or 50-500 Sigma. Mostly wildlife and birds photography as a hobby? I have been using a 170 -500 Sigma but its getting past its sell by date. I know we will start getting some Canon 100 - 400 l's on the market once the Canon 200 - 400 + 1.4TC hits the market and some bargains 2nd hand will be out there. Another option is to wait for that??
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    I have just had the 120-300 for a last few days on demo, sending it straight back. Results with my 100-400 is far better.

    If you need reach, for wildlife and birds do look at the 50-500. Remember there is a BIG range difference between the 300 and 500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikevR View Post
    I have been giving consideration what I should buy in this range for some time. I was focused on the 120 - 300 / 2.8 Sigma but at the price of +/- R31,000 justification was difficult. I read the 70 - 300L digital picture review and was impressed. The price at +/- R15,000 is also more palatable. I checked out the 28 - 300L and it is also on the pricy side at +/- R25,000 but a great lens - See digital picture review. I was left with one other lens that could give me the overall requirements for my hobby and am also considering the Sigma 50 - 500 at +/- R18000. Therefor final choice between 70-300l canon or 50-500 Sigma. Mostly wildlife and birds photography as a hobby? I have been using a 170 -500 Sigma but its getting past its sell by date. I know we will start getting some Canon 100 - 400 l's on the market once the Canon 200 - 400 + 1.4TC hits the market and some bargains 2nd hand will be out there. Another option is to wait for that??
    Mike listen to Dirk bud. Buy the Canon 100-400 there is not that much difference between the 400 and 500 given that the 500 is not as sharp at 500 and you really need to use it at about 460 -480 max. The Canon is good at 400 and is just a better lens. If you want the sigma the 50-500 is really not a bad lens but it is getting pricey now. There are many for sale on the ODP website for a lot less than 18k. Generally you get very well looked after second hand kit off that site. Hannes Bekker especially chooses lenses to sell that he would use himself. Go check it out.

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    Speaking out of turn here as I am a nikon user, but I have friends who have both the Sigma 150-500 (on nikon d7000) and sigma 50-500 (on Canon 450D), and personally I am not really impressed with either. The nikkor 80-400 is sharper than either. But of the two I would certainly choose the 150-500 for birds and wildlife.

    Compared to the 50-500, it is smaller, lighter, faster-focussing and sharper, particularly at 500mm, and probably 80% of nature and bird photos are shot at max zoom.
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    I bought a new Sigma 50-500 OS - When I tested in the shop, it focused faster than the 150-500, and the reviews I have seen say that is is sharper too.

    Unfortunately, I don't have any other telephoto lenses to compare with my 50-500 OS... so I can't compare it with anything.

    The price of the 50-500 OS is around R16 000.
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    Mike, I agree with Dirk. In my opinion the canon 100-400L lens is one of the best all rounders for birds and wildlife that you can get. Its worth spending on. If you need a little more power for birds attach a 1.4 converter. When you add the camera crop factor in this will give you about 750mm pulling power all-in with good quality results. You will buy once and never regret it.

    I have spent a small fortune on lenses over the years. If you are a Canon guy and you want quality then its cheaper to spend once well, on a good L lens. You will quickly find everything else is a compromise. Regards, John
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    Well I got this lens this week and I haven't had a second of buyers remorse. I love this "little" lens. And it is sharp. I haven't taken it on an outing yet, just took some test shots here at home. Here is one I took of the moon, and also a 100% crop of the same pic. This was at ISO 200, F5.6, 1/200 sec, handheld, on a 7D body.
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    Thanks folks for the inputs. I think the Canon 100 - 400 l is the way to go. Enjoy your 70 - 300 Morne. Attached is a 170 / 500 Sigma shot of the moon last year on 17th June at 3am in the morning. This has been cropped to fill frame.

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    I have just bought a 70 - 200 f2.8 stunning lens ,currently got a 100-400 and changing it to a 300 f 2.8 I believe that after 200 mm you should rather use a prime lenses because telephoto lenses just don't last with dust.

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    James, I can't fault your logic. I also have just bought the new 300mm f2.8 as my prime wildlife lens. Its pin sharp and unlike my (very heavy) 600mm its hand holdable. Can't wait to try it out on the next trip to Africa in July. John

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