bhowdy wrote: The Sigma 150-500 has OS (optical stabilization) while the Tamron does not ... Well worth $100.00 in my opinion.
dragonflies8888 wrote: I had the sigma lens you are talking about, and I returned it... not once, not twice but three times... They kept telling me that I must have gotten the "lemon"...Ok, ONCE I would believe that, maybe even twice... the third time? No way. I refused to accept another sigma, and I exchanged/upgraded it to the Canon EF400mm f5.6L...The hand held pics I've taken with the Canon are much Sharper than the TRIPOD ones I took with the Sigma... The Sigma, from 350 upward? Soft. Totally soft. I could not enlarge them past 8x10, nor could I look at them at 100% clearly... The guy at the place I bought my lens from (B & H) originally said "Your 7D must have a problem, I've never HEARD of this"... and then I forwarded the pictures to him from the THIRD lens they sent me... along with pictures taken with my Canon EF 75-300mmf4-5.6III USM (Not IS) that were sharper handheld, also, than the sigma's "tripod taken" pictures ... I am just telling you this so you can be an informed consumer... maybe you won't have a problem with whatever one you purchase... I just know for ME, I will NEVER, EVER buy anything for my camera except a Canon lens, again...If I can't afford it? I'll wait until I can!!! Good luck, good shopping!
dragonflies8888 wrote: Ok smartie I take it back... Zeiss is beautiful piece of glass... my son actually has a Sony camera with Zeiss glass and it's very sharp. Honestly, though, I hope that if you (OP) do decide to go with the Sigma you have better luck with it than i did...
I have a friend that has the Sigma, for his Nikon, and he loves it. Never had an ounce of trouble with it... which is why originally I went with the Sigma... I also have an aquaintence who has it too... she loves hers, we were shooting side by side one afternoon - she showed me some of her pictures ... hers were awesome:thumbsup: ... but if I were to show you the ones I took with mine?(we were shooting same settings, tripod, and remote)... You'd ask "what kind of photographer took these "??? It really had me questioning myself after the third lens...but believe me, it wasn't me... I had another friend(he's a professional photographer, has had his own business for over 20 years, as well as being a high school photography teacher) shoot with it (on my camera, ANd on one of his) and they still came out totally soft at 300mm... so just be cautious/buyer beware...that's all.(((hug))) Down off my soapbox now, lol.
dragonflies8888 wrote: If I still have and can find the pictures I took with the Sigma and the Canon 75-300 and 70-300 lenses, I will definitely download them for you to see... the Sigma lenses I had just did not, for some reason or another, work with my camera. Yes, you are right, I was not fair in comparing, the 400 is a Prime, and yes, it is sickeningly sharp, lmao! But my 70-300 (which is not an IS, it is just the plain ole' that came with the XTI kit I had purchased a few years prior, but my 75-300mm DO is an IS... (Ive used both of them in comparing the Sigmas that I had) I have also heard that for some reason, the Sigma can be funky with Canon...in all fairness to Sigma, they were willing to take the lens(es) in and "repair" them, until they found out they were brand new, and then they told me I had to deal with the dealer, but said" if" the dealer would not honor the return they would THEN do something to help me out... (didn't need to though, as B & H was more than helpful with this whole issue) but after the third one, I just felt, I wasn't taking another chance... although another 100 mm of shooting distance would've been NICE, I think I was just done...
dragonflies8888 wrote: I had the sigma lens you are talking about, and I returned it... not once, not twice but three times... They kept telling me that I must have gotten the "lemon"...Ok, ONCE I would believe that, maybe even twice... the third time? No way. I refused to accept another sigma, and I exchanged/upgraded it to the Canon EF400mm f5.6L...
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