I am an enthusiastic hobbyist who uses the camera for social events/parties once or twice every week. My current kit is Canon 60D and for close up portraits, I am using Sigma 85mm F1.4 and for my day-to-day bring everywhere lens is Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, which I think an excellent lens.
I am thinking of taking some wildlife animals (birds & reptiles) pictures and my current 17-70mm is unable to capture images further away. And that is primarily the reason I am considering adding a telephoto lens to my kit.
I would like to get a telephoto zoom lens and I have narrowed down to two models and would like to seek your advice / views.
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD
- Very Afforable pricing, USD 450
- I believe 300mm would quite sufficient for me.
- EISA Best Product Zoom lens 2010-11 award
- Not as sharp at the 300mm
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens
- F/2.8 (beats Tamron)
- Pricing (USD 1399)
- Max at 200mm (lose to Tamron 300mm) – I am not sure if I require the additional 100mm….
I know these are lens are very different “animals” and it is like comparing oranges to apples... but still would like to hear some of your opinions.
Which one should I consider? (I don't think I can afford the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 L Lens) Or other models / makes that you will suggest?