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sigma 70-200 2.8 or Canon 70-200 f4 advice please.

 
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Jul 31, 2011 08:41 |  #1

I currently have the Canon 70-200 f4 IS, which is a superb lens.

But I really could do with the 2.8.

Now money is tight, so any purchase of a 2.8 would mean selling the f4.

So I was thinking I could sell this and buy a sigma 2.8 with IS equivalent.

But I am confused on a couple of points:

1. Which of the Sigma 2.8's have IS.
2. Which is the best Sigma 70-200 2.8?


Thank you in advance for your help.

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Jul 31, 2011 08:42 |  #2

I cannot afford the Canon 70-200 2.8 mark II unfortunately.


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Jul 31, 2011 08:57 |  #3

Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS. The OS (optical stabilizer) is equivalent to Canon's IS. I own this and it's a great lens. Cost is about $1400


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Jul 31, 2011 09:02 |  #4

This is the best 70-200 f2.8 Sigma offers today
http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1312120​549&sr=8-1 (external link)

This is the lens i have in mind and I am saving for
I just bought a 17-50 f2.8 OS and really love this lens, it has everything the 17-55IS has to offer but is cheaper, smaller and lighter (I used to have a 17-55 IS and it was wonderful but sold it)
If Sigma has up the game as it looks like, the new 70-200OS should be a solid performer IMO
If the 70-200 2.8 OS sits between the 70-200IS mkI and the MkII as many of the reviews tend to suggest I will be a happy owner


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Jul 31, 2011 09:09 as a reply to  @ borism's post |  #5

I've been considering this move as well, but...the Sigma lottery aside, i can't see it offering the sharpness, stellar focusing and awesome IQ..of either the 7-2 f/4 IS or the 7-2 f/2.8 II. OS should be equivalent, nice shallow DoF and extra stop, but bokeh and color worry me... besides possible focusing and QC issues. So.. do you end up with an overall upgrade/improvement or not? :confused:


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Jul 31, 2011 14:00 |  #6

Seems a difficult decision...


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Jul 31, 2011 15:10 |  #7

1Tanker wrote in post #12851825 (external link)
I've been considering this move as well, but...the Sigma lottery aside, i can't see it offering the sharpness, stellar focusing and awesome IQ..of either the 7-2 f/4 IS or the 7-2 f/2.8 II. OS should be equivalent, nice shallow DoF and extra stop, but bokeh and color worry me... besides possible focusing and QC issues. So.. do you end up with an overall upgrade/improvement or not? :confused:

I object to the term Sigma Lottery- as it is no more a lottery than it is when you go to a vending machine and pay for a coke. Yes, there may be a few bad apples in the mix, but I think that most people that buy a Sigma lens gets a decent lens. Like a vending machine, whomever brings it to your door (aka the vendor and or fedex guy) have just as much to do with how good of shape it is in when it gets to your door. So, when you stick in your dollar into a vending machine, press Coke, and get a dented can- do you blame Coke for that ? Your statement seems contradictory afterwards, much like a Canon fanboy.. "I've been considering...", apparently never owned it, and "it can't offer the sharpness, stellar focusing, awesome IQ,..." For most, the Sigma offers the IQ or nearly the same IQ, but at a fraction of the price. Now, as far as the rest, it assumes that the Canon is immune to AF issues, focusing issues, QC issues- but Sigma is full of them? Again, much more fanboy than anything.. What's the term- troll. How many threads are there on this board where a Canon lens user had to send the lens and or camera in for adjustment because of this or that? Get over it.

Rant finished. I have one. I am happy with it. OK, so I don't print poster sized images- so I don't know how it will fare.. but till then, it will suffice. I've won the "Sigma lottery" 4 times so far. Where's my prize ? Didn't buy the Canon- as $2500 is a pretty steep price to pay- at least for now. I don't have a Canon f/2.8 IS USM Mk II to try out- so I can't offer an opinion as to which is better. But I wasn't looking for a $2500 lens, and I didn't want it white either. I'll take one if someone is giving one away for free though. Preferably new. Can that be my prize ?

To answer the OP's question. The Sigma 70-200 EX DG HSM OS is what you are looking for. There is only one with OS in the model name. It's also rated the best of the Sigma 70-200's.. It's also the newest design.


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Jul 31, 2011 15:13 |  #8

Many rank the Sigma 70-200mm OS above the Canon 70-200mm IS mk1 and below the Canon 70-200mm IS mkII. The Sigma should be plenty good.


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Jul 31, 2011 15:22 |  #9

I have the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD and have owned the Canon EF 70-200f/4L IS. I have no complaints about the Sigma whatsoever and really couldn't imagine shelling out the extra grand for the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L II IS. More accurately, my wife couldn't imagine me shelling out the cash for the big Canon.

That having been said, sometimes I do miss the lightness of the f/4L IS.


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Jul 31, 2011 15:36 |  #10

Weight doesn't bother me.

I want the 2.8 so I think I will go this route.

All I need to do is sell some stuff now...


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Jul 31, 2011 15:41 |  #11

mtimber wrote in post #12853461 (external link)
Weight doesn't bother me.

I want the 2.8 so I think I will go this route.

All I need to do is sell some stuff now...

Me either but some have commented about the weight when carrying the Sigma or the slightly heavier Canon 2.8 IS all day.

With weight not being an issue for you, I believe you will be quite happy with the Sigma.


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Jul 31, 2011 17:35 |  #12

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I object to the term Sigma Lottery- as it is no more a lottery than it is when you go to a vending machine and pay for a coke. Yes, there may be a few bad apples in the mix, but I think that most people that buy a Sigma lens gets a decent lens. Like a vending machine, whomever brings it to your door (aka the vendor and or fedex guy) have just as much to do with how good of shape it is in when it gets to your door. So, when you stick in your dollar into a vending machine, press Coke, and get a dented can- do you blame Coke for that ? Your statement seems contradictory afterwards, much like a Canon fanboy.. "I've been considering...", apparently never owned it, and "it can't offer the sharpness, stellar focusing, awesome IQ,..." For most, the Sigma offers the IQ or nearly the same IQ, but at a fraction of the price. Now, as far as the rest, it assumes that the Canon is immune to AF issues, focusing issues, QC issues- but Sigma is full of them? Again, much more fanboy than anything.. What's the term- troll. How many threads are there on this board where a Canon lens user had to send the lens and or camera in for adjustment because of this or that? Get over it.

Rant finished. I have one. I am happy with it. OK, so I don't print poster sized images- so I don't know how it will fare.. but till then, it will suffice. I've won the "Sigma lottery" 4 times so far. Where's my prize ? Didn't buy the Canon- as $2500 is a pretty steep price to pay- at least for now. I don't have a Canon f/2.8 IS USM Mk II to try out- so I can't offer an opinion as to which is better. But I wasn't looking for a $2500 lens, and I didn't want it white either. I'll take one if someone is giving one away for free though. Preferably new. Can that be my prize ?

To answer the OP's question. The Sigma 70-200 EX DG HSM OS is what you are looking for. There is only one with OS in the model name. It's also rated the best of the Sigma 70-200's.. It's also the newest design.

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Jul 31, 2011 17:40 |  #13

1. The one's that have the letters OS on them. (optical stabilizer)

2. The most expensive one.




  
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Aug 01, 2011 00:37 |  #14

^^ What he said ... LOL


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Aug 01, 2011 03:33 |  #15

Thanks for all the advice folks. :-)


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