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Towsen
09-16-2005, 04:03 PM
I'm somewhat of a newbie when it somes to digital SLRs. I want to thank everyone who posts here as I've learned a lot reading the posts on the forum. I have a Rebel XT with the kit lens and I also bought a 70-300 Canon USM since I was able to pick it up cheaply.

I basically have about $800 to spend. From reading the posts on the forums and some reviews, I'm looking at the Canon 70-200 f4 LUSM and perhaps the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8EX DG APO HSM. I plan on taking more pictures of hockey games, dog agility, and some baseball. The hockey rinks where I shoot are very well lit and the dog agility is mostly outside.

Any advice or suggestions from those who use those lenses or shoot those types of pics is greatly appreciated.

timmciglobal
09-16-2005, 06:11 PM
Well lit and "well lit" is a different thing. Indoors F 2.8 > F 4.

Tim

Tyger
09-16-2005, 08:46 PM
well the f2.8 is a advantage over the f4, this one will perform better indoors. I have yet to try my canon 70-200mm f4 L inside a hockey rink so i can't say. I've read over at Fred Miranda (http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=102&sort=7&cat=37&page=1) about the Sigma 70-200mm and it's gotten great reviews.

mediyoga
09-16-2005, 09:54 PM
Towsen
Did you buy the new 70-300 USM IS lens.? how is the quality? any pics that you can post a link to?
Dr Krishna Raman

TheObiJuan
09-16-2005, 10:36 PM
Get the sigma since the f/2.8 will make your camera focus faster and your viewfinder brighter.

coldrain
09-17-2005, 02:14 AM
It is not only a quation of aperture, also size and weight is an issue. So if you can, try them both to see what lenses you are actually talking about, and which one you feel comfortable with. Both are very good lenses, I chose the Canon to minimize weight.

nuxtuser
09-20-2005, 05:29 PM
I'm a new rebel XT user that can get either a sigma 70-200f2.8 EX APO or a canon f/3.5-5.6L USM-both around $400. I want to take pictures at outdoor (kids) sporting events and some indoor, and wildlife. Any comments would be appreciated. I just want close-up, clear shots at longer ranges and do not even qualify as an amatuer photographer at this point. Thanks much.

cdifoto
09-20-2005, 05:38 PM
I'm a new rebel XT user that can get either a sigma 70-200f2.8 EX APO or a canon f/3.5-5.6L USM-both around $400. I want to take pictures at outdoor (kids) sporting events and some indoor, and wildlife. Any comments would be appreciated. I just want close-up, clear shots at longer ranges and do not even qualify as an amatuer photographer at this point. Thanks much.

Get the 2.8. The 3.5-5.6 would be too slow when the sun starts to set whereas the 2.8 will give you faster shutter speeds longer into the evening...and you can get nice isolation of the players from the backgrounds with f/2.8 and not so much with f.5.6 (somewhat, but not as nice as 2.8).

Chucko
09-21-2005, 11:17 AM
Get the older Canon 80-200/2.8 L, AKA the "magic drainpipe". They're common on the used market and priced on a par with a new Sigma 70-200/2.8. I'm very happy with mine.

cwphoto
09-21-2005, 05:38 PM
canon f/3.5-5.6L USM-both around $400.
:confused:

Canon will put an L on anything these days :p

ReF
09-21-2005, 06:13 PM
I'm a new rebel XT user that can get either a sigma 70-200f2.8 EX APO or a canon f/3.5-5.6L USM-both around $400.

3.5-5.6L? the only L i found on canon's site with that aperture range is the 28-300 which goes for $2300