Lens choices for a newbie

Started Mar 25, 2006 | Discussions thread
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Bearswamp
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Lens choices for a newbie
Mar 25, 2006

I just purchased a Cannon Rebel XT and I want to purchase a lens to take pictures of my children during the sports seasons. I also would like to take some wild life photos. I am just getting my feet wet in photography, so I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to just about everything associated with it. I am thinking about buying a sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO since it is relatively inexpensive and I am hoping will get the job done. I see Sigma also offers an APO version of this lens for about $75 more. Is the difference between these two lenses significant?

Or am I not looking at the right lens for what I want to do? I really don't want to spend a ton of money on a lens, but I really would like to get some nice close up shots at a fairly good distance. Is expecting nice shots at say 75 to 100 yards way beyond the scope of this lens??

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