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Feb 23, 2014 19:43 |  #1

So I have a decision to make. I have about saved enough to cash to purchase either the 70-200 4 IS or the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS. I have spent many hours researching the differences in the advantages of the 2 as far as image quality to my eye is very similar, build quality of both the advantage to the Canon and the advantage of the extra stop of light going to the Sigma. I leaning more to the Sigma for the faster lens and extra stop of light. Any comments/opinions from those that have owned or used both are appreciated.


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Feb 23, 2014 20:31 |  #2

Pick neither. Choose Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC


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Feb 23, 2014 20:43 |  #3

trx125 wrote in post #16712058 (external link)
So I have a decision to make. I have about saved enough to cash to purchase either the 70-200 4 IS or the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS. I have spent many hours researching the differences in the advantages of the 2 as far as image quality to my eye is very similar, build quality of both the advantage to the Canon and the advantage of the extra stop of light going to the Sigma. I leaning more to the Sigma for the faster lens and extra stop of light. Any comments/opinions from those that have owned or used both are appreciated.

Do you need the extra stop of light ? if not, the Canon 70-200 f4 is amongst the sharpest lenses with great AF speed..


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Feb 23, 2014 21:00 |  #4

I have a Sigma OS. It is almost imperceptibly soft at f/2.8. The OS is quite good and free of jitters. The lens focuses as fast as any USM lens I've ever had. If you need f/2.8, it is worth considering. I have no experience with the Tamron VC.




  
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Feb 23, 2014 21:02 as a reply to  @ Talley's post |  #5

Warning, I am a raving fan of the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens and have been using it since it was introduced.

I use the 70-200mm f/4L IS lens in conjunction with my 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (on a pair of 1.6x cameras) for all sorts of photography, general, travel, and some limited sports and wildlife. I use it hand-held very frequently in all light levels and will often carry the two cameras and two lenses for 8 to 10 hours at a stretch...

Since I carry this lens on a second camera everywhere I go, weight is quite important. The f/4L IS lens weighs 1.67 pounds (760 grams). The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM weighs 3.15 pounds (1430 grams). Other f/2.8 lenses in this focal range are also heavy. The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD f/2.8 VC weighs 3.24 pounds (1470 grams). The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF weighs 2.53 pounds (1150 grams).

Any of the above lenses are considerably heavier than my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens.

My 70-200mm f/4L IS lens can easily produce selective focus and the bokeh is just beautiful.

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It is my favorite portrait lens...
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And my favorite dog photography lens...
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It is also a great people lens...
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And, believe it or not, it is one of my favorite landscape lenses...
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I would guess that I shoot about 40% of my general, travel and portrait images with the 70-200mm f/4L IS lens and it is one of my favorite all-around lenses...

If you absolutely need f/2.8 (I don't) and if you don't mind carrying twice the weight (I do); then the Sigma might be the lens for you. However, I replaced the 70-200mm f/4L non-IS lens with the IS model as soon as the IS model was introduced. I have never been the slightest bit sorry that I chose that lens...

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Feb 23, 2014 21:03 |  #6

GaryD wrote in post #16712239 (external link)
I have a Sigma OS. It is almost imperceptibly soft at f/2.8. The OS is quite good and free of jitters. The lens focuses as fast as any USM lens I've ever had. If you need f/2.8, it is worth considering. I have no experience with the Tamron VC.

I do and it's tack sharp wide open and it's speed is as good as the Canon.

My experience with the Sigma OS AF speed was painfully slow.


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Feb 23, 2014 21:08 |  #7

If it were me - I'd choose the Tamron VC any day. I do like the Canon f4 IS. I've used the Sigma OS for one shoot. I'm shooting almost daily with the Tamron.




  
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Feb 23, 2014 23:41 |  #8

If you want 2.8 and are OK with the weight, then get the 2.8. If you don't and aren't, get the f4 IS. Quite a simple choice.


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Feb 24, 2014 00:05 |  #9

Between the two, I have no problem recommending the Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS. Tack sharp, superb IS and a lighter weight. Even though I have the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS Mark II, as the years go on I appreciate the weight of the f/4 more and more.


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Feb 24, 2014 00:10 |  #10

Talley wrote in post #16712247 (external link)
I do and it's tack sharp wide open and it's speed is as good as the Canon.

My experience with the Sigma OS AF speed was painfully slow.

Different strokes, I guess. Mine does what I need it to do. Perhaps I am not very demanding.




  
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Feb 24, 2014 04:50 |  #11

trx125 wrote in post #16712058 (external link)
Any comments/opinions from those that have owned or used both are appreciated.

I've owned both....Since you own a 60D my suggestion is the sigma 50-150 OS :D

Ok, so you didn't give that as an option. So, of the two you listed I'll say this. At f4 both have the same IQ. The canon has faster AF and it lighter but the sigma has the extra stop of light. I will say that wide open the sigma soft. So really comes down to if you absolutely need the extra stop of light or not............(but seriously, consider the sigma 50-150 OS)




  
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Feb 24, 2014 06:14 |  #12

I sold the Sigma, bought the 70-200mm f4 IS, and I have not once regretted that decision,
the 70-200mm f4 Is lens is fantastically sharp, as RPCrowe shown its a great all round lens, good luck choosing ;)


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Feb 24, 2014 06:53 |  #13

Sirrith wrote in post #16712480 (external link)
If you want 2.8 and are OK with the weight, then get the 2.8. If you don't and aren't, get the f4 IS. Quite a simple choice.

LOL. It isn't a simple choice - even so... :)

the choice between a heavy lens and a lighter lens for "only" one stop of light vs the difference of DOF is actually really a pain in the rear...

i have wrestled with the issue a long time and often change my mind - even in the same day! The 70-200 is not my most used focal lengths - so do i/we almost double the weight in our bag - or deal with a supurb lens just one stop slower...


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Feb 24, 2014 07:30 |  #14

trx125 wrote in post #16712058 (external link)
So I have a decision to make. I have about saved enough to cash to purchase either the 70-200 4 IS or the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS. I have spent many hours researching the differences in the advantages of the 2 as far as image quality to my eye is very similar, build quality of both the advantage to the Canon and the advantage of the extra stop of light going to the Sigma. I leaning more to the Sigma for the faster lens and extra stop of light. Any comments/opinions from those that have owned or used both are appreciated.

If you haven't actually handled the lenses, I suggest you do so before making a decision. There's a very significant difference in size and weight. This doesn't matter to some people, but it did matter to me. I used to own a f2.8 (non-IS) version of the lens, but found it too heavy to carry on many of my outings, and grew to dislike it. I sold it and got the f4 IS instead, and never regretted my decision. The f4 IS is an outstanding lens in every respect. My keeper rate in low light went up. If I had been a wedding or event photographer, shooting regularly in low-light venues, it might have been different. But for most hobby photographers, the f4 IS is an excellent choice. It does a wonderful job on portraits, sports, street photography, whatever. You'd be unlikely to regret owning one.


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Feb 24, 2014 08:31 as a reply to  @ ceegee's post |  #15

Have and love the 70-200L f4 IS. Great for sports, landscape and general family use. It always seems to focus dead-on and has wonderful sharpness and colors. My vote is the L. Works equally well on my 70D for sports and reach as my 5D for shorter shots.

Even walking around for street shots, the f4 is light enough to carry all day and still get the desired longer distances shots.

Great two-way IS too.

The white lens does get some attention though. Shooting middle school sports, I have even had an on-court ref move out if my way so I can gat the shot. This is just before he asked me for which paper I was shooting. This could be the only draw back; white lens is rare and pretty long with the hood on.


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