300mm lens suggestions ...

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    I used to have a Canon FD 300mm F/4.0 L lens (on my Canon nF-1).
    It was an awesome lens.

    I have switched over to a Sony digital DSLR.

    I am now searching for a lens that can provide me with the same quality.

    Minolta made a 300mm f4.0 APO G.
    Sigma made a 300mm f4.0 APO.

    I have only been able to find the Sigma.

    Does anyone else make one for Minolta/Sony AF mount ?

    How good are the zoom lenses in f4.0 ?
    Would you suggest anything with that type of quality that won't break the bank?
     
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    I have the 70mm to 300mm Sony G lens (NOT the kit lens). It is only 4.5 to 5.6, but on the other hand it is very handholdable and the quality is definitely there with a fast and super quiet autofocus and photo colour that I did not expect to get, off in the distant haze.

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    Thanks for the info ... I am looking for something faster for lower light.
     
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    I hope you realize that there is a trade-off. Faster means longer and heavier, which means a monopod or tripod is usually necessary. I considered a 2.8 and decided that I did not want to be restricted to a tripod.

    I also found that I was able to shoot inside without a flash if there were windows and it was during the day.

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    Yup.

    I am not even looking at the f/2.8's ... I would have to sell my car ... actually I don't think my car is worth that much.

    My FD 400 f/4.0 was not small, and was very hand holdable.

    I had sacrificed that for a Sony 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 (not G) ... and I am not happy with the speed or the quality.
     
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    Does anyone have experience with the Sigma 100-300mm f4.0 EX DGM HSM ?
     
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    Not with that particular lens but Sigma's on Sony cameras tend to have a very fast but noisy autofocus. Not necessarily a bad thing but it takes some getting use to, if your other lenses are super quiet.
     
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    Hmm, I have notice that on the Sigma macro that I have.
     
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    OK, I have purchased a Sigma 300mm F4.0 lens.
    It is not that bad to handhold.

    It is very sharp, even wide open.
    Focusing is fast for a lens of this size.
     

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