Q for Canon shooters. Next Lens?

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  1. photoflyer

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    Perhaps a new 100-400L. I have a 10 year old 300 F4 and it is great but the IS is first generation. I think that even though it is a zoom, the new 100-400 may be just as sharp and certainly more flexible.

    But I just got a Celestron Evolution 6 and I need to learn astrophotography first. One step at a time.

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    I would love to get the new 100-400 L but hard to justify unless I sold my Sigma 150-600. I've seen nothing but glowing reviews of the 2nd generation 100-400.

    And speaking of astrophotography, I'm kinda surprised there isn't an astrophotography forum here.
     
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    I have always been intrigued by the 150-600. The reviews have been positive. No matter how good the 100-400, I think you would miss the extra 200mm.
     
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    Er nothing really. I have the range I use covered. If it’s a dream time and money no object and had to be used just on lens then
    Upgrade the 70 200 l f4 non is to same but f2 is
    Ditto 100 400 l same but to twist action from push pull
    Ditto the nifty fifty f1.8 plastic mount to same but the f 1.2 Matal mount
     
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    That's probably true. The 150-600 I have is the contemporary model (not the much heavier Sports) and it's great for shooting birds at places like Bosque Del Apache. I usually use it on a tripod with a gimbal head as it's a bit heavy for hand held. The 100-400 would probably make hand-help shots a bit easier.
     
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    I have the 150-600 Sigma and the 150-600 Sigma Sports lens. The Sports lens is much larger and heavier. My wife has the Canon 100-400 and I just got her a Sports lens. She said it may be too heavy for her.
     
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    all the larger telephoto lens are large and heavy - but gotta have it for wildlife and sports
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    Micro 4/3
    A small 75-300 = huge 150-600 on a FF camera. Same 3 - 12x magnification, in a smaller/lighter package :)
    Put that 150-600 on a m4/3, and you have 6 - 24x magnification.
     
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    Agreed but I have found that my 300mm F4 L with the 1.4 teleconverter on a crop sensor is "relatively" compact given its reach. Of course it is only F5.6.
     
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    That's why, when I bought my Sigma 150-600mm, I opted for the Contemporary version over the "Sport" since the former, at 4.3lbs, is a full two pounds lighter than the Sports, which weighs in at 6.3lbs. I have not been disappointed. Based on many comparison tests I've seen, the difference is IQ between the two is almost imperceptible unless you really zoom in and, at focal lengths I often shoot at (400-500mm) the contemporary in many tests I've seen is actually slightly better. At 600mm, the Sport may have a slight edge, but only slight. Here's a picture I took at Bosque Del Apache at 600mm (handheld). Black Birds-6316.jpg
     
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    Interesting. I've been thinking about the Sport version, but concerned about its weight. I do tend to shoot at the maximum focal length (currently 400mm + 1.4x extender = 560mm). If I had either Sigma lens, I would probably add the 1.4x extender, but might drop it in shaded conditions to get an extra stop.

    I'll have to review the two lenses in more depth. Thanks.
     
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    Here's one review you might find helpful.

    Sigma 150-600 Contemporary vs Sport

    The Sport is clearly better built and weather resistant, but if you plan to hand hold a lot, that extra 2 pounds would be a definite consideration. Image quality seems to be a wash unless you really zoom in and pixel peep. All I can say is, now that I have the Contemporary I don't regret for one second not buying the Sport (for nearly twice the price). The C can be used on a ball or gimbal head quite nicely, but being able to shoot hand-held "relatively" well is a big plus. Just for fun, here I am with my Siggy at Bosque Del Apache. Me with Sigma Tele.jpg

    One more thing. As pointed out in the article, the Contemporary stays at a wider aperture longer than the Sport. From f5 to f5.6 they switch close to the same point, but when switching from 5.6 to 6.3, notice that the Contemporary stays at 5.6 all the way to 390mm whereas the Sport "stops down" much sooner at around 314mm. So the Contemporary stays "brighter" for more of the zoom range. That actually surprises me, given how much wider the Sport lens is.
     
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