S 70-300 vs Sigma 100-400 or 70-200 4.0 vs 70-200 2.8?

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S 70-300 vs Sigma 100-400 or 70-200 4.0 vs 70-200 2.8?


I'm looking into getting one of the mentioned lenses as a first tele for my S5 and, currently, lean towards the 70-300 or the Sigma. I've read as much as I could about them, watched reviews but don't have a shop where I could test them all. Maybe one of you owns one of them and can mention things you like or dislike? I'm mostly doing landscape and nature photography, don't know how well they could work with astro due to the aperture. Video, mostly indoors, would be a bonus but is not the priority.

I like the idea of the lighter and shorter 70-300 as well as the macro option but read a few times it's not the sharpest lens, especially at the 300mm end (?) and, 4.5 is not ideal for low light situations. As far as I know, there are no 1.4 or 2 adapters as for the Sigma, which is cheaper but starts at F5. On the other hand it goes up to 400 and you can get the adapters and get even more reach. The 70-300 is about 350€ more expensive here.

And, of course, how does the 70-300 compare to the F4 200 in terms of quality and sharpness? Does anyone know? Is there a huge difference? If they are somewhat similar 300 might be nicer. And is the 2.8 70-200 that much of a visual upgrade compared to any of them?

I'm just guessing I'd have more fun in general with 200mm more reach but the Sigma is also that bit larger and heavier. With the 70-300mm I can imagine leaving it on and walking around with it....do 350g more matter?

Ideally, I'd like to buy one lens and be done with that length for a few years and any input is appreciated.


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