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Feb 23, 2010 7:29 AM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
Zone 6b
Karen,

I thought I had responded to your message a while back, but it seems it wasn't properly saved. In any event, the lens taken above is very similar to Sigma's "Bigma" lens, which is 50 - 500mm (as opposed to the above, which is 150 - 500mm). I've owned both, and sold my Bigma 50 - 500mm lens in order to get the 150-500mm, because the latter has Image Stabilization, and the 50 -500mm doesn't. However, the Bigma's advantage is its EX rated glass, which is Sigma's best glass. However, the image stabilization was more important to me than the slightly better glass, and I don't expect to take many photos in the 50 - 150mm range with such an enormous lens!

I also own the Canon 100 - 400mm lens that goes to f/5.6, and it is very good (and a little lighter). However, there are times I like the extra 100mm of reach. What I would really like to own is the Canon 500mm f/4.0, but it costs about five to six times as much as the Sigma 150 - 500mm lens (of course, the Sigma lens only goes to f/6.3, but I can still take some pretty crisp shots with it).

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