Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by JoshAlder, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. JoshAlder macrumors member

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    Hi guys I'm looking to buy a new zoom lens for sports and wildlife. I currently have a d5100 and was wondering what this lens would be like with it. Any advice on this lens, or an alternative would be appreicated. Im currently a student so my budget would only stretch to about £700. Thanks in advance josh.
     
  2. mulo, Dec 26, 2011
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    a good idea is always to check dpreview.com, they have some extensive testing of lenses. often, there is a clear difference in sharpness, distortion and falloff between 1st and 3rd party lenses, but some 3rd party lenses are still very good.

    The latest version of Sigmas 70-200mm lens is indeed very good, but compared to the canon/nikkor lenses of the same focal lengths, it does suffer from extensive sharpness reduction when zoomed all the way in to 200mm.
     
  3. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    Sigma is known for variable quality... my old Sigma 70-200 II not just rivaled the nikon 70-200 I, it surpassed it in sheer sharpness. Add to that that the vignetting was less and it was a pretty damn good bargain.

    I would buy the sigma 70-200 II any day.. AS LONG as I can test it before hand for front and back focus issues.

    Of course the OS version is even better but I would go with the II version and save some money... that's just me.
     
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  5. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    yes it has a silent built in motor.. will work just fine, nice and fast..
     
  6. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    2.8@200 is good for sports, but it's a bit short for birding. I have the lens in the link below for my wildlife shots. It's a 4.5-5.6 lens but the OS and sharpness are very good on my copy. It weighs a ton, though. The dedicated birders in my area have extenders on 70-200mm lenses, 100-400 zooms and 400 or 600mm prime lenses. And cash to burn...

    Sigma 120-400 at B&H

    Dale
     

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