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NSS
3rd February 2011, 07:50 PM
I would really like a 70-300mm, but funds will not run to one at the moment.

I have seen a few of these advertised lately and wondered if anyone has any thoughts or information on them.

Thanks Kev

Howi
4th February 2011, 09:38 AM
I would really like a 70-300mm, but funds will not run to one at the moment.

I have seen a few of these advertised lately and wondered if anyone has any thoughts or information on them.

Thanks Kev

I would think that price wise, there won't be too much difference, If there is, then, bearing in mind that the 70-300 is at the budget end of the ZD range, then the Sigma, being much cheaper, wouldn't give you the same performance anyway.
better to save up the extra for the 70-300.
I'm not knocking Sigma, I have the 10-20mm and it is a super lens.
the 70-300 also has it's problems, which you have to learn to live with/work around, but is capable of superb performance (in the right conditions).
Don't forget, it is also a capable macro lens as well as a long telephoto, this means that focusing can be slow and somewhat hit and miss.
Don't expect it to work well, if at all, in low light.
Don't expect it to be pin sharp at 300mm.
Don't forget 300mm is 600mm in 35mm terms (fast shutter speeds needed)

From all the above, why would anyone want a 70-300?
Well, me and a lot of others who can't afford the ZD50-200 + EC1.4/EC2.0 etc needed to do what the 70-300 can do.
We ALL want the ZD 50-200 but you are talking 3 to 4 times the price :mad:

one day perhaps! (dreaming)

Ken Lister
4th February 2011, 12:18 PM
I would really like a 70-300mm, but funds will not run to one at the moment.

I have seen a few of these advertised lately and wondered if anyone has any thoughts or information on them.

Thanks Kev

I don't think the Sigma 55-200 is made anymore. I had one when I had my E500, it was light to carry but I found the Olympus 40-150 kit lens better in terms of contrast and colour rendition. Perhaps this might be a better option.

Ken

Ian
4th February 2011, 12:22 PM
The only times I have used the Sigma 55-200 left me rather unimpressed I'm afraid. Second hand Mark 1 ZD 40-150s are good, indeed even the Mark 2 ZD 40-150 is to be recommended.

Ian

NSS
4th February 2011, 06:41 PM
That pretty much sums up what I had found.

I have the 40-150mm, and am pleased with the results, even at the long end.


Guess I have to save a bit harder.:)