Canon 300 f/4L or Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX

Started Mar 12, 2004 | Discussions
Lars erik Nes Forum Member • Posts: 74
Canon 300 f/4L or Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX

Hello

I have a problem. I don't know which lens to choose
The 2 candidates:

A Used Canon 300 f/4L USM in great condition
or
A used(very little) Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM (150$ more expensive then canon)

I am going to use it on a Canon D30. The lens will be used for shooting birds mostly.

Does anyone have opinions on which one to choose.

Thanks

Lars

Malcolm Stewart Contributing Member • Posts: 635
Re: Canon 300 f/4L or Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX

Lars erik Nes wrote:

Hello

I have a problem. I don't know which lens to choose
The 2 candidates:
A Used Canon 300 f/4L USM in great condition
or
A used(very little) Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM (150$ more expensive
then canon)
I am going to use it on a Canon D30. The lens will be used for
shooting birds mostly.
Does anyone have opinions on which one to choose.

Will you be shooting from a hide? If yes, the zoom may be useful, otherwise I find that I need to use a 1.4x extender on my 300 f4L when shooting birds. Even then the images aren't particularly frame filling unless I'm shooting nearly tame mallard.

The EF 300 f4L does not disappoint (make sure it has the tripod mounting ring) and will be fully compatible with your camera - have no experience of the Sigma.

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Malcolm Stewart
Milton Keynes, UK

http://www.megalith.freeserve.co.uk/oddimage.htm

Daniella Forum Pro • Posts: 53,000
I miss the zoom!

I find myself missing shot of close by birds like little hummingbird. I missed some great opportunities because of that. I find it limitating to be stuck at 300mm so I ordered the Sigma 100-300 F4 instead.

Malcolm Stewart wrote:

Lars erik Nes wrote:

Hello

I have a problem. I don't know which lens to choose
The 2 candidates:
A Used Canon 300 f/4L USM in great condition
or
A used(very little) Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM (150$ more expensive
then canon)
I am going to use it on a Canon D30. The lens will be used for
shooting birds mostly.
Does anyone have opinions on which one to choose.

Will you be shooting from a hide? If yes, the zoom may be useful,
otherwise I find that I need to use a 1.4x extender on my 300 f4L
when shooting birds. Even then the images aren't particularly
frame filling unless I'm shooting nearly tame mallard.
The EF 300 f4L does not disappoint (make sure it has the tripod
mounting ring) and will be fully compatible with your camera - have
no experience of the Sigma.

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Malcolm Stewart
Milton Keynes, UK

http://www.megalith.freeserve.co.uk/oddimage.htm

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Lars Johnsson Senior Member • Posts: 1,472
Re: I miss the zoom!

That's why the 300 L IS is so good. Minimum focus distance is only 1,5 m. It's perfect to shot hummingbirds and other small birds at close distance. I use mine to shot butterflies & Dragonflies all the time.

Lars

Daniella wrote:
I find myself missing shot of close by birds like little
hummingbird. I missed some great opportunities because of that. I
find it limitating to be stuck at 300mm so I ordered the Sigma
100-300 F4 instead.

Malcolm Stewart wrote:

Lars erik Nes wrote:

Hello

I have a problem. I don't know which lens to choose
The 2 candidates:
A Used Canon 300 f/4L USM in great condition
or
A used(very little) Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM (150$ more expensive
then canon)
I am going to use it on a Canon D30. The lens will be used for
shooting birds mostly.
Does anyone have opinions on which one to choose.

Will you be shooting from a hide? If yes, the zoom may be useful,
otherwise I find that I need to use a 1.4x extender on my 300 f4L
when shooting birds. Even then the images aren't particularly
frame filling unless I'm shooting nearly tame mallard.
The EF 300 f4L does not disappoint (make sure it has the tripod
mounting ring) and will be fully compatible with your camera - have
no experience of the Sigma.

-- hide signature --

Malcolm Stewart
Milton Keynes, UK

http://www.megalith.freeserve.co.uk/oddimage.htm

-- hide signature --

Minë Corma hostië të ilyë ar mordossë nutië të
Mornórëo Nóressë yassë i Fuini caitar.
Un thoron arart’a s’un hith mal’kemen ioke.
Saurulmaiel

Sheila Smart Senior Member • Posts: 1,835
Re: Canon 300 f/4L or Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX

While I cannot comment on the Sigma, the 300 f/4 L IS is an excellent lens for wildlife. Here are two shots of an Australian kestrel

Both hand held (because of the IS factor). Sometimes I find that the 300 is just too close so I then use my 70-200 f/4L.

Cheers
Sheila
Sheila Smart
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