Opinions on Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rogersmj, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. rogersmj macrumors 68020

    rogersmj

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    I'm starting to yearn for some faster glass, and I'm thinking a faster long lens would serve me well. I'm happy with the current range I have (the 18-55mm kit lens plus the Nikkor 55-200mm VR), but the aperture on that 55-200mm is pathetically small. I find myself in dim light (weddings) or shooting outdoors in shadow (in the woods) or fast action (watersports), and f/4-5.6 just doesn't cut it. And I'm purely a hobbyist, so budget is a big concern. For that reason, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG HSM II caught my eye.

    Nearly all of the reviews I've read -- from the exhaustive writeup at DPReview.com to the individual 1-paragraph user reviews on Amazon and the like -- are quite positive. The general consensus seems to be that you get 80%-90% of the performance of the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm for 50% of the price (~$1600 for the Nikon, $800 for the Sigma). If that's true, I can definitely live with that. The one thing that gives me pause is the lack of image stabilization, since I've never used a 200mm lens without it -- but then I've never used a 200mm lens at f/2.8 either.

    I know some Sigmas (and Tamrons, etc) have questionable build quality, but all reports point to this particular one being built like a tank (DPReview concurs), although lacking some of the dust/weatherproofing seals that the Nikon has.

    I haven't seen hardly any discussion of this lens on these forums (it's only been available for 6 months or so), so I wanted to get opinions of anyone here who has used it. Sample images especially are great.
     
  2. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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  3. cube macrumors G4

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    Wow. That's quite a good deal. Now they just have to make a version with OS.
     
  4. rogersmj thread starter macrumors 68020

    rogersmj

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    Interesting, I hadn't really run across that site before. The overall reviews on there don't appear to be as positive as other places I've read. Maybe users on that site are just much more picky?
     

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