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Sigma 70-200 2.8 lens or canon 28-135 IS lens-

I will soon purchase an Elan 7, with the 550 Ex flash and have been trying to decide on a lense. I photograph mostly children outdoors and want a lense that will be all around good for this type of photography. Can anyone offer any information which might help me make a decision. At first I had decided on the Canon 28-135IS 3.5-, but recently I came across great reviews on the Sigma 70-200 2.8 lense. Can anyone offer any info that might help me make a decision. Also will the IS in canon help the picture quality with larger apertures than 3.5 in low light. Thanks!! Myl

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6/2/2003 2:06:38 PM

RoxAnne E. Franklin   Hi Myl,

I noticed that noone answered your question. Sometimes that happens on here. Anyway, I have an Elan 7e and a 550EX flash and various lenses. I've been shooting for many years and never purchased an "L" lens until just recently. I just couldnt see spending all that money cause I was happy with all my other lenses. Well.... I purchased the 70 - 200mm 2.8 IS canon lens. I love it!! I am purchasing the 28 - 135 IS lens very soon as well.
One thing about any IS lens is that the IS will allow you to shoot still (that's the key word here still) subjects at a very low shutter speed. I found that I can use my 70 - 200 IS at a shutter speed of 30 while handholding. That's pretty impressive for such a long lens.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you need very good camera holding techniques in order to get great photos with the L lenses. Just because it has a stabilizer on it, doesnt mean all your photos are going to be sharp as a tack. You have to have good camera holding skills. I cant stress that enough to you. You dont get good results when you use these lenses on a monopod with the IS turned on, cuase they create thier own vibration, odd enough as it sounds, it really happens. You must turn off the IS when using a tripod or monopod. However, these lenses are so amazingly sharp they will knock your socks off!!! As long as you use them correctly.
I only use canon lenses, so I cant speak for other lenses. Just wanted to let you know my thoughts on the canon IS lenses.
happy shooting
and have you ever joined a yahoo group called canon elan 7 yahoo groups? it's great, that's all they discuss, i've learned so much from that discussion group. you would enjoy it.

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3/14/2004 3:39:37 PM

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