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70 - 200 f2.8 lenses

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:19AM
Has anybody experienced either of the following lenses, or better still has anybody been able to make a comparison?

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM - v - Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 SP Di

Many thanks


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lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:53AM

Quote:Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM - v - Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 SP Di

Googling that gives pages of results.
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 11:15AM
I wondered if any EPZ members had any experiences of these lenses.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 12:16PM
I have the non OS version of the sigma. It's certainly sharp, but bloody heavy - often meaning I need to crank up the shutter speed (and ISO) to get the results I'm after - or use a tripod. I should imagine the OS version is considerably worse in this regard.
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
6 Aug 2012 1:14PM
I also have the non IS version of the Sigma. A heavy lens but nice and sharp however, I have had nothing but trouble with its focusing operation. It developed a fault soon after purchase and was sent back to get fixed, it wasn't corrected so sent back again and Sigma changed the HSM and it worked for a while but again is not functioning correctly but out of warranty now. I now have the choice to manually focus it, get it repaired or not use it. I'm reluctant to get it repaired as it hasn't worked on two previous occasions so I tend not to use it, either way it has been a costly choice for me choosing this particular lens I think. My other two Sigmas lenses have worked flawlessly though. I think I was very unlucky with my particular lens and I have to say that Sigma weren't the best to deal with in my attempt to get it fixed. It cost me the postage each time, they took ages and were hard to correspond with and they didn't actually rectify the problem. I know I should have been much more demanding on their part to sort it out but I became demoralised.
Ordinarily I'd recommend Sigma lenses but my experience may galvanise your final choice.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 1:37PM
Thanks gentlemen, I realise it is heavy and I am sorry for your problems John, how do the lens work on the follow focus settings?
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 3:39PM

Quote:how do the lens work on the follow focus settings?

Do you mean for tracking moving objects?

I can't comment - I have a 5DMkII and do very little of this kind of work. The extra light wide open will help, but it needs pairing with a good body. Preferably one with lots of cross type focusing sensors.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 4:50PM
Yes the focus setting on Nikons called AF-C

I am sort of leaning towards the Sigma based on reviews but I just wondered if any members had experiences, good or bad and if all the features of Nikon bodies worked successfully.
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
6 Aug 2012 5:26PM
take a look here might help Wink
gingerdougie 11 67 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 5:34PM
I have a Tamron which I use to photograph rugby matches and grand children, two strangely similar activities! Iwish I could afford a Nikon 70-200 but I couldn't.The Tamron lens is very good, quick focussing and sharp and when compared to the Nikon relatively cheap!
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:12PM
i had the Sigma and it was rubbish.... nothing but problems, sent back to sigma twice, then gave up , sold it, and bought the nikon vr mk2..... should have gone for that one in the first place, as will never get rid of it now i have it..... ULTRA sharp, and well built, and compared to the sharpness of the sigma, well, it makes the sigma look like the thing had clingfilm over the element. Smile My own opinion though, and i know that alot of people like the sigma..... but wonder how many of them have compared it to the nikon version for a day? or even, as i did, for an hour around the shop.
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 12:22AM
I had the sigma and can't recommend it enough, very sharp, the downside is it's weight, i never use auto focus so don't know about hsm's and such.

jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 1:40AM
I used the Nikon 80-200 for a good few years (the twist ring zoom, not the push-pull) and would happily go back to it before buying either of the two lenses above ^^^. For the record though, I now use the Nikon VRII 70-200 and it's just brilliant.
Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 7:13AM
Buy the best lenses and you won't have to buy any more for years....Yes I know money is tight all round now days but if you buy a lens you are not happy with your buy you will only buy another next year....Sad
My 4 best buys 105mm macro.., 50mm 1-4.., 24-70mm 2.8 ... 70-200mm 2.8 all Nikon....for what I do I don't need any more....
Good luck..
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 7:38AM
I agree, also the best lenses keep their value much better.

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