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Hi guys, I am about to press the "buy" button for the Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM. Will I regret this choice? I can't afford the Canon Mk 2. I managed to find the Mark 1 at US$1450 used, in fact 2 of them and their lens codes are UT and UU. Then one retailer popped up with a brand new Sigma OS at US$1200.

I am gonna go for the Sigma. Does that makes good sense? I am on 5D btw...Thanks guys!

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Look for one used instead. I have the older version of the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM. I paid $500, and in my opinion it isn't worth much more than that.

Occasional focus issues, poor IQ at the long end, soft and warm at f/2.8. For a $200 difference (16%), I would go with the lens that is known to perform better.

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Tarzanman wrote in post #14006814external link
Occasional focus issues, poor IQ at the long end, soft and warm at f/2.8. For a $200 difference (16%), I would go with the lens that is known to perform better.

Does that occurs with the latest OS version as well? :(

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The new OS version is not just simply an old version with OS. It's a new optical design too. It is much better than the old one AND unanimously considered a little better than the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS I.
So in my opinion the Sigma 70-200 OS, especially new, is a better buy than the old Canon. The Mark II Canon betters both of them, but the price is outrageous too compared to them.

Here is quick BIF shot I took yesterday, with the Sigma 70-200 OS PLUS a Canon 2x III TC, AI Servo, ISO 1600, 400mm, f/6.3 under very gray sky. So, far from ideal conditions...

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5DIII | 5Dc | 70D | Ʃ 70-200 2.8 OS | 120-300 2.8 OS | 18-250 OS | Canon 24-70 2.8L II | 24-105 f/4L | 17-40 f4L | 50 1.4 | 85 1.8 | EF-S 10-18 | 18-135 IS STM | Rokinon 14 2.8 | Sigma 1.4x & 2x | Canon 600EX-RT
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Tarzanman wrote in post #14006814external link
Occasional focus issues, poor IQ at the long end, soft and warm at f/2.8. For a $200 difference (16%), I would go with the lens that is known to perform better.

The sigma OS version is the one known to perform better in this case. Completely different beast to the older non-OS versions.

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gabebalazs wrote in post #14006951external link
The new OS version is not just simply an old version with OS. It's a new optical design too. It is much better than the old one AND unanimously considered a little better than the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS I.
So in my opinion the Sigma 70-200 OS, especially new, is a better buy than the old Canon. The Mark II Canon betters both of them, but the price is outrageous too compared to them.

Here is quick BIF shot I took yesterday, with the Sigma 70-200 OS PLUS a Canon 2x III TC, AI Servo, ISO 1600, 400mm, f/6.3 under very gray sky. So, far from ideal conditions...

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Wow that's a great shot given the condition you were in. I already have a Kenko 2x, so this will be very much what I will do also.

U just gave me some added assurance with that picture :)

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koppite wrote in post #14006756external link
Hi guys, I am about to press the "buy" button for the Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM. Will I regret this choice??

No you won't. I got the sigma 70-200 OS and it is a great lens. As gabebalazs said, the sigma OS is considered better then the canon mark 1.

The sigma is not as sharp at f2.8 as the canon mark 2 but it also doesn't have the insane price tag. It is however just as sharp at f4 as the canon f4L IS (which is considered one of canons sharpest lenses)

It's an amazing lens and one that you won't regret getting.

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I was in the same boat last month and I went for the Canon and certainly don't regret it. I had the 70-200 f4 L, which was pin sharp, and sold it to get the 2.8 MkI which is also pin sharp from 2.8 on my 7D and better than my f4 wide open on my 5D2.

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EOS 5D MkIII, EOS 70D, EOS 650D, EOS M, Canon 24-70 f2.8L MkII, Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS MkII, Canon 100 f2.8L Macro, Canon 17-40 f4L IS, Canon 24-105 f4L IS, Canon 300 f4L IS, Canon 85 f1.8, Canon 50 f1.4, Canon 40 f2.8 STM, Canon 35 f2, Sigma 150-500 OS, Tamron 18-270 PZD, Tamron 28-300 VC, 580EX II Flash, Nissin Di866 MkII Flash, Sigma EM 140 Macro Flash and other bits.

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Another advantage IMHO of going with the Sigma is the 4-year warranty and the fact that you can send it back if you don't like it after initial inspection (as long as you get it from a reputable dealer.)
If your used Canon turns out to be defective, or soft, etc., it may be difficult to return it or costly to have it repaired by Canon (only 1-year warranty on those).
For many, including myself, that is also an important factor in the decision making process.

Post #9, Mar 02, 2012 13:10:06


5DIII | 5Dc | 70D | Ʃ 70-200 2.8 OS | 120-300 2.8 OS | 18-250 OS | Canon 24-70 2.8L II | 24-105 f/4L | 17-40 f4L | 50 1.4 | 85 1.8 | EF-S 10-18 | 18-135 IS STM | Rokinon 14 2.8 | Sigma 1.4x & 2x | Canon 600EX-RT
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gabebalazs wrote in post #14008066external link
Another advantage IMHO of going with the Sigma is the 4-year warranty and the fact that you can send it back if you don't like it after initial inspection (as long as you get it from a reputable dealer.)
If your used Canon turns out to be defective, or soft, etc., it may be difficult to return it or costly to have it repaired by Canon (only 1-year warranty on those).
For many, including myself, that is also an important factor in the decision making process.

10 yrs warranty in Canada :D. One of the main reason why I opt for the sigma over MkI.
the only thing that deterred me from the sigma when I was deciding the two was the weather sealing. But honestly unless you're planning to brave the extreme weather the sigma holds up very well.

I used it in the snow up in the slopes last week and everything was fine and dandy

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Just for clarification, I pulled out the lens to figure out which version I own (maybe someone can chime in). This is what it says on the side:

Sigma APO DG 70-200mm 1:2.8 II Macro HSM

It also has the EX Sigma badge

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Which retailer has it for 1200 new? I'm interested in picking one up as well

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