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70-200 selection - Canon Vs Sigma Vs Tamron

 
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Jun 21, 2010 10:16 |  #1

Budget £500(ish)

Have been looking at 3 lenses Canon 70-200 F4L, Tamron SP AF 70-200 F2.8 Di and the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX HSM. I have read quite a few reviews on these and all have had good reviews with few downsides, only slower focusing on the Sigma and Tamron seem to be the downs. Seems that the Canon is the pick of the 3 as you would expect, but has anyone any real world personal experience to compare?


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Jun 21, 2010 10:26 |  #2

it depends on what you plan on using them for. if you dont need the 2.8, the canon is the obvious choice. if you need the 2.8 i would go with the sigma.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:32 |  #3

should have included that I guess lol. General use and close quarters motorsport use.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:32 |  #4

I used to have the Sigma 70-200 and now have the Canon 70-200 f4 IS. The focusing on the Sigma is lightning fast; I couldn't really tell the difference between it and my Canon. If you need f2.8 and your only hesitation with the Sigma is the focusing speed, then get the Sigma. It's a fine lens. I sold mine because (a) I found it too big and heavy, and tended to leave it at home more often than not, and (b) the lack of IS was a problem for me. If you haven't actually handled any of these lenses, I encourage you to do so before buying. There's a very big difference in size and weight between the Canon f4 and the Sigma f2.8. This doesn't bother some people, but it did bother me.

I did try the Tamron before buying my Sigma, and noticed a difference in focusing speed; the Tamron was slower. Given that I wanted the lens mostly for sports, I chose the Sigma.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:33 |  #5

CosmoKid wrote in post #10400266 (external link)
it depends on what you plan on using them for. if you dont need the 2.8, the canon is the obvious choice. if you need the 2.8 i would go with the sigma.

+1 (for the Canon f/4 or current Sigma f/2.8 ) given your budget.
Sigma has a still unreleased new 70-200 f/2.8 with OS (stabilization). It was announced in Feb and their website (external link) indicates that it will be available in Spring 2010 (now passed unless they are talking about Australia) , but this is expected to cost around $1700.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:36 as a reply to  @ hairy_moth's post |  #6

I personally would save a little more money and get the Canon 70-200 F4 IS. Just me though.




  
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Jun 21, 2010 10:39 as a reply to  @ hairy_moth's post |  #7

AF speed is equal in real life use (perhaps edging to the sigma because of the f/2.8 sensitivity).

IQ is better on the sigma at 200mm but better on the canon at 70mm.

Sigma is one stop faster and finished in black.

Canon is half the weight and white.


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Jun 21, 2010 11:00 |  #8

I had that Tamron. Bought it new when I bought my new 7D and honestly, I miss it. The IQ with that lens was amazing and so much better than my Canon 70-200 F2.8L I just sold last week. The only thing I didnt like about the Tamron was the slow focus. I shoot mostly action sports and I needed the Canon for fast focusing. But since you are looking into the F4 version, I think you will happy with all around performance of the lens. If you need F2.8 and dont shoot a lot of fast subjects, I would say go get the Tamron. I miss that lens for its IQ.

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Jun 21, 2010 11:01 |  #9

I've got the Tamron. The focusing is a little slow, but its excellent optically, and for the money you can't really beat it if you need 2.8


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Jun 21, 2010 11:21 |  #10
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I tried the Sigma, and apparently had a soft copy. Then I picked up the Canon 70-200 f/4L and that instantly became my favorite lens. Too bad I didn't get a chance to shoot it more often. Sharpness was simply amazing, and it also gave me a shallow depth of field at f/4.


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Jun 21, 2010 11:42 |  #11

Two 100% crops. Two 70-200mm f/2.8s shot at 200mm f/2.8. SOOC jpegs cropped.

Can you tell which lens cost me £450 and which cost £800?

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Jun 21, 2010 13:48 as a reply to  @ JEmerson's post |  #12

For what it's worth, here are pictures from a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8.

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What made the Tamron 70-200mm an attractive purchase was that the lens was used, but in perfect shape. The used lens cost around US $200 less than a new unit, and the new lens costs around half of the Canon equivalent, so the used lens came at a very good discount from the Canon version. It's always nice to be able to keep money in your own pocket. :)



  
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Jun 21, 2010 13:56 |  #13

I do some sports work and was contemplating the same thing as you. I decided the 2.8 was going to be useful. The Sigma seemed like the obvious choice for the HSM focusing; the fact that you can find them used for under $500 is a huge bonus.


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