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Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 APO HSM - need help/ advice please!

 
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Apr 21, 2009 07:14 |  #1

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 APO HSM & the one with DG in the title? I thought DG stood for digital?? I've been looking at the APO HSM version & wondering if I'd have any problems using it with my Canon 40D? I know some older Sigma lenses can bring up the err message after a little while of using them unless you get them chipped, so I wanted to check as I've seen one for about £300 & thought I may buy it.

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Apr 21, 2009 07:20 |  #2

* 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO - Original version, minimum focus distance 1.8m (1999)
* 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG - Adds 'digitally optimized' lens coatings to reduce flare (2005)
* 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro (HSM) - Minimum focus distance reduced to 1m (2006)
* 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II - Improved optical performance (2007)


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Apr 21, 2009 07:47 |  #3

Ok thanks for that but I'm still slightly confused as the lens I've been looking at is labelled as 70-200mm 2.8 APO HSM but there's no DG stamped on the lens itself please see photo. If anyone could confirm which version this is I'd be grateful, the guy who's selling it says its a Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM?


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Apr 21, 2009 07:49 |  #4

I would bet if it doesn't say DG it isn't and is therefore the oldest version of this lens.


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Apr 21, 2009 07:57 |  #5

I may be wrong but I recall hearing that the HSM version had some issues so they came out with the HSM II.

Same for the 50-150. I think anything Sigma comes out with a II version you can guess that the version 1 is to be avoided ;-)a


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Apr 21, 2009 08:06 |  #6

I'm thinking it's not the DG version too as originally advertised, but whats throwing me is the HSM, was the HSM motor present on the oldest model?


  
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Apr 21, 2009 08:27 as a reply to  @ fidelis's post |  #7

I'd have to check mine at home (just picked this up for a great price), but I think the version I have is APO EX HSM. The barrel grip on the picture looks a lot like mine, which is different than the finer grip on the Macro model. Never seen the DG non-Macro one in person, though.


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Apr 21, 2009 08:28 as a reply to  @ skule123's post |  #8

I'm pretty happy with my copy, though, although I know there's a lot of people who will write off anything Sigma out of hand.


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Apr 21, 2009 09:03 |  #9

Sorry this one is the APO EX HSM, so probably is the same as yours ( i forgot to put the EX bit in, the EX label is further round the barrel, which you can't see in the photo). So would you guys definately say this is the older version then, as it's definately not the DG version is it, as it would be marked as so???


  
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Apr 21, 2009 10:04 as a reply to  @ fidelis's post |  #10

I'd say you are looking at the old version, the same one that I own. I got mine for a great price and it takes pretty good pictures, if your price isn't too far off from the newer models then you may want to factor that into your decision. But if the price break is good enough, my experience with the lens is to say "go for it".


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Apr 21, 2009 11:09 |  #11

i picked up a well used Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX HSM...same as the one pictured and its a great lens for the price.

its sharp & focuses fast...i benched a 75-300mm III so it was a nice upgrade for me.

If the price is right and sample pictures pass your approval...go for it!


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Apr 22, 2009 04:57 |  #12

Ok thanks everyone for your help & advice it's been very much appreciated! I'm certain that the lens I was talking about was the older version afterall!


  
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Apr 22, 2009 08:09 |  #13

I bought 3 of the II versions, everyone had FF issues in some fashion. I'm off these lenses. Bought the Canon non IS version, perfect.

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Apr 22, 2009 17:19 |  #14

I just purchased a Version II from B&H and it had FF issues. Luckily Sigmas repar center is located down the street from me so I took it in for repair instead of trying my luck with returning for a new one that would be messed up also. So we'll see if it comes back to me sharp!


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