Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 for Nikon Used

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  1. rekud300 macrumors member

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    I searched the forums to see if someone asked about this specific lens for Nikon. I didn't see anything in the 1st three pages, so here it goes.

    I was starting to save up for the Nikon version and ran across this used one.

    Only have the (2) kit lenses for my D5000. Have had quite a bit of success lately with the 55-200 in lowlight situations / sports(indoor/outdoor). I am thinking with the f/2.8, I could improve some shots even more.

    Going to look at tonight and she is going to let me test on my Camera. Wedding photographer getting rid of some lenses.

    1 year old, asking $550. New Nikon around $1,200, Tamron $749, and Sigma $849.

    Any thoughts from anyone that has used any of these or compared to in the past.
     
  2. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    here are some reviews. There are several versions of the lens you specified..

    Sigma 70-200

    Nikon 70-200

    I don't know what FL of the Tamron you are wanting..
     
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  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    keep us posted as I was interested in buying that lens (new)
     
  5. rekud300 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks HBOC

    Those links helped a lot already briefly reading through them.
    Nikon seems to be the better of the 2, with the Sigma not far behind andwith me just beginning, this may be the better route at least for the price, as long as it is in good shape.

    I wasn't looking to get the Tamron, but a Salesperson obviously suggested it once I told him I was going to save for the Nikon. They don't carry Sigma.

    Read some reviews on that and didn't seem to favorable overall.

    It's the Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD Macro for Nikon. $729 not $749.
     
  6. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Don't forget the Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 (two-ring version) which is less than the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8. Used ones go from $700-$800 in good/exc. condition, maybe less if you look around. Also, Adorama had them as factory refurbs for mid $800s recently, which you could add a three year warranty to (likely a Mack warranty, which is very reputable.)

    IQ on the 80-200 is stellar, BTW. I don't know if they're still making it or if it was recently discontinued, but there are probably plenty of new ones out there. This lens was made in great numbers for a long time, so they're not hard to find, and I'd definitely go that route over the Tamron or Sigma versions of the 70-200 f/2.8 both for image quality, Nikon build quality and healthy resale market.
     
  7. compuwar macrumors 601

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    You'll need an HSM version to get autofocus on the D5000.

    The lenses at that price point are generally not AF-S, but rather AF-D which won't AF on a D5000. You'll have to add $300-500 to get the AF-S version.

    Paul
     
  8. rekud300 thread starter macrumors member

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    Pulled the Trigger

    Went ahead and pulled the trigger. Is HSM so it does have the autofocus.

    Out the door for $520. Below are a couple of first test shots with the lens. Looking forward to Saturday for my boys next LaCrosse game. Gives me plenty of time to go out and about and shoot.

    I will post Saturday night with what i come up with after the game.

    I do appreciate all the information everyone has put in.

    Here is the Description:This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well as full-time manual focusing capability.

    * Focal length: 70-200mm
    * Maximum aperture: f/2.8
    * Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups
    * Angle of view: 34.3 to 12.3 degrees
    * Number of diaphragm blades: 9
    * Minimum aperture: f/22
    * Minimum focusing distance: 39.4 inches
    * Filter size: 77mm
    * Hood: Petal type
    * Corresponding AF mounts: Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony/Minolta, Pentax, Four Thirds
    * Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.3 inches long
    * Weight: 48.3 ounces
     

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  9. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    hmmm... now that you mention it... :p As Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say..."Nevermind!" :)
     
  10. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    Definitely post some pic! From the few pictures you've taken, do you wish you had VR?
    When you shoot sports, do you use full manual. full auto/sports mode?
     
  11. rekud300 thread starter macrumors member

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    Puckhead - not sure about wishing for the VR, would it be nice, yes, just getting back into photography going on just over 20 years now, most of this is new to me with the Digital World. My goal all along was to get back into it not cheap, but not expensive either and learn the equipment again.

    Since December, I have learned a lot of things, quite a bit from this forum with the amount of information people have is unbelievable, as well as sites suggested and books read.

    In one of my other hobbies, the thing I despise the most, are the people that have to have the latest or best equipment, yet don't know how to use it, or are not willing to practice to improve with what you have to understand what you need. I don't need the latest and greatest until I know I can shoot great shots with what I have.

    Is this the right move? Not sure yet, but 2 things I do know, at this price it is not going to kill me and if I can take great pictures without the VR, then I know a lens with VR will be no problem at all, and would be willing to put out the extra money to get it.

    The boys have a practice Thursday and that will be a great practice session for me as well.

    With the 55-200 kit lens I was shooting full Manual for outdoor and some indoor, but had to switch to auto/sports mode for some indoor shots with poor lighting, I will post a couple of those later tonight when I get home from work.
     

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