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Canon - Sigma Sports vs Contemporary

 
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Mar 08, 2017 13:55 |  #16

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harveyhaddixfan wrote in post #18295433 (external link)
I missed out on a used (but looked new) one for $695. Moving the 70-300 I have will soften the blow by about $200.

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Check out the classifieds on the Fred Miranda forum. The used prices there are usually much less than you will find anywhere else.

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Mar 11, 2017 23:38 |  #17

I had the C and 'upgraded' to the 400 DO II.

I can tell you, the DO is sweet, but even compared to that 10x more expensive lens, the Sigma C I had was not bad at all. Sigma at f5.6 400mm IQ is about the same as the 400 DO II at f4. Thant's not bad. In fact I was a little surprised on the test - you know you'd like your $7k lens to be 5x better everywhere than the $1k lens. The Sigma needs to be around f8 at 600ms to be 'sharp', but it's not mushy wide open. And you can get to 600 without having to add the tele. DO AF is quite a bit better and it is a stop faster..

BUT the fact that I'm even comparing them should say something about the value of these 150-600 lenses.

I used the C outside in any weather that I was happy to be out in for an hour. i.e. occasional light shower, but not heavy or constant rain.

If you are not used to the big teles, and are going to hand-hold it a lot, I would definitely advise the C unless you know you need something really beefy. I occasionally wish I hadn't sold mine, but it would have mostly collected dust. Sometimes that zoom range would have been nice though. I would consider owning one again, even with having the DO if my eldest got more seriously into X-country.

Worst thing about the sigma - the hood is a bit flimsy. But it's light and probably not expensive to replace. Have folks had problems with them breaking? Haven't been following those threads.


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Mar 11, 2017 23:42 |  #18

The contemporary is $799 on Buydig right now. Coupon code on CPW.


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Mar 13, 2017 06:51 as a reply to  @ ejenner's post |  #19

The hood on my Sigma 150-600mm C was so tight it wouldn't lock at first, but after forcing it a few times it loosened up enough to lock securely onto the lens. Have not had any issues with it since and mine is still nice and tight (unlike my Canon 18-135mm STM which wobbled from day 1) but I do wish the lens cap would grab more easily. Never had so much difficulty getting the stupid cap on.

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Mar 13, 2017 07:32 |  #20

05Xrunner wrote in post #18294332 (external link)
sport gives you all metal body, bust and water fully weathersealed. That is about it.

Actually there are some quite significant differences...see the review (one of many on the web) at http://improvephotogra​phy.com …contemporary-lens-review/ (external link).

Also, the contemporary is currently shown on Sigma's website at $989 or $100 off list. Further, if you go to the Sigma Outlet both lenses seem to be currently available in Canon mount. The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Refurbished is $1499 and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Refurbished is $819.




  
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Mar 13, 2017 07:38 |  #21

call that copy variation. even from sigmas mouth they claim the IQ between the 2 is basically identical. And from the big old review it comes down to build of weather seals and metal body are still the main differences. also i dont know what they consider light and easy..my zoom ring on my C is tight as hell


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Mar 13, 2017 08:58 |  #22

05Xrunner wrote in post #18299624 (external link)
call that copy variation. even from sigmas mouth they claim the IQ between the 2 is basically identical. And from the big old review it comes down to build of weather seals and metal body are still the main differences. also i dont know what they consider light and easy..my zoom ring on my C is tight as hell

The fact that "the Contemporary is actually faster than the Sport version from 313 to 389mm" where aperture is f/5.6 as opposed to f/6.3 is a fundamental difference in lens design. It's not a massive difference but it does count in favour of the C version.

Otherwise, I agree copy variation is likely to be behind most of the generally small quoted differences in performance. A lot of people seem to have taken the view that lower weight and lower price are a worthwhile trade-off against greater robustness and better weather sealing.

I don't own any lens longer than 300mm. The Sigma 150-600C is making a siren's call, however. I'm increasingly tempted!


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Mar 13, 2017 12:54 |  #23

Thanks for all the comments. I pulled the trigger on a used one with the dock for $775 on eBay. Plus a 10% bonus Ebay bucks bringing it down to under $700. And that included the dock! This thing is amazing!


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