Best budget telephoto

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  1. reconstyle

    reconstyle TPF Noob!

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    Ok, so I'm on a budget here and am wanting a zoom lens to mess around with.

    I was looking at the 70-300mm by tamron, canon and sigma.

    Anyone have any insight as to which is the "better" of the 3?

    I read a bunch of reviews and they were pretty inconclusive, other than saying the AF hunted in low light (DUH), it's a bit soft at 300mm, must use tripod in low light blah blah blah, all the stuff that is pretty obvious just by reading the specs...

    So what do you guys think?
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've had good luck with the Canon. Before I had my Sigma 70-200, I borrowed a Canon 75-300 quite a bit. In fact, exceptional for a $150 lens. Took a picture of my company's CEO with it and it's been in many publications for a year and a half.

    Compare it to an L series and obviously people are gonna say "man that lens sucks, go with L glass" However, for $150, it's a great piece of equipment IMO.
     
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    Stratman TPF Noob!

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    I have a Tamron 70-300 LD Di for my Pentax, and other than some purple fringing in high contrast situations, I am pretty happy with it. Can't beat it for the price if ya ask me... Here are a few shots with it at Busch Stadium last summer. To give you an idea of how far away I was, I'll include a wide angle shot too.

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    reconstyle TPF Noob!

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    Oh wow, THANKS A BUNCH for the baseball shots. Those are awesome!

    I'm guessing the last 2 are at 300mm right? And you were on the second level?
     
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    Stratman TPF Noob!

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    Yes, both were at 300MM, F5.6, and the shot of the pitcher is @ ISO 800, the hitter is @ ISO 400. And yeah, I was on the 2nd level, 3rd base side of home plate.
     
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    f8lranger4x4 TPF Noob!

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    Tamron. I love the way mine takes pictures and functions well for the price.
     
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    Is that the 2.8 Sigma? If so, can you post some pics from it. I am thinking that is the exact glass I am going to pic up for shooting Horse Shows and Hockey Games.
     
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    I hope not, I don't think 1k is a "budget" telephoto lol
     

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