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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2013, 12:12:19 PM »
Lots of OT-stuff here lately...  :o

So far you (and others) mentioned the Sigma 300mm 2.8 and Canon 300mm 2.8 IS version I and II. I want to throw in the new Sigma 120-300 sport-lens.
It is compatible with their new USB-Dock and  gets good reviews.

Here is aquote from http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-120-300mm-f-2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Lens.aspx

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Based on what I was initially hearing and understanding about this lens, I figured I'd pick up a 120-300 "S", capture the standard image quality test results, use it a little bit, write a little bit and move it along. But, my plans changed – especially after I saw the image quality this lens delivered. Based on a more-than-expected amount of time with this lens, I'm quite pleased with to say that I really like what Sigma has done with this lens model.

It is hard not to like a great looking lens with a 120-300mm focal length range in a non-extending, solidly built body that also feels great – and delivers image quality that leaves most other zoom lenses wanting even at this lens' wide max f/2.8 aperture. I like the direction Sigma has been going with their recent lenses and I think they have another hit with the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens.
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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2013, 12:38:02 PM »
As a stop-gap grab the 300f4 - it's a slick lens and will help you get an idea if your framing is better at 300mm or if you want to go the 400mm route.  For the price of a 300mm gen2 you can get a 400mm gen1 which may be more what you're looking for.  With the 5d mk3 you may be better cranking up the ISO to get the shutter speed you want.
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2013, 12:39:53 PM »
300mm f/4L

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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2013, 01:03:28 PM »
So far you (and others) mentioned the Sigma 300mm 2.8 and Canon 300mm 2.8 IS version I and II. I want to throw in the new Sigma 120-300 sport-lens.
It is compatible with their new USB-Dock and  gets good reviews.
I looked at this pretty closely before buying the 300mm 2.8 IS II, and it's a versatile lens, but it's performance wide open doesn't match the 300 II or the 70-200 II, which the OP already owns.  A very good lens for the money, for sure, but I'm still leery of their well-document history of IS and AF issues per Lensrentals.com.  I also wanted something that would work better with my Canon mk III extenders.

Canon & Adorama are starting to sell refurb 300 & 400 mk II lenses, so you might check there for a better price.

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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2013, 01:47:47 PM »
I'd get either a used MK I, or consider the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8.  While Sigma does suffer a bit in reliability in the rental market where lenses are used and abused to a extreme, a single owner should have no issues.
 
If you find a nice used Canon 300mm f/2.8, chances are that you can always sell it and upgrade in a few years and not lose money.
 
Since you are in India, buying a refurb from Canon is not possible.

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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2013, 01:59:29 PM »
Since you are in India, buying a refurb from Canon is not possible.
True, unless he has a US buyer, but he should be able to buy from Adorama.  The have a 400 and 500 Mk II right now at excellent prices - I'm sure a 300 will pop up at some point, too:
http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=canon+refurbished&sort=p_price_sort|1
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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2013, 04:20:12 PM »
I frequently use my Canon 300mm F2.8 L IS Mk1 with the 2 x Mk3 (not Mk2) extender and get very good results if the light is good. No it is not as good as my 600 F4 L IS (now sold to pay for 800mm) but it is not that far short in good light and weighs/costs a LOT less! Camera is a 1D4.


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Re: Longer and faster, better?
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2013, 04:20:12 PM »