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Old 09-02-2010, 20:53   #1 (permalink)
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70-200mm Canon v Sigma

Needs a bit of advice here.

I have the cash to buy my first decent lens, it is between the Canon 70-200mm f4L and the slightly dearer Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX.

The Sigma is a bit of a stretch cash wise so will that wider aperture be worth the extra? How does the Sigma EX range stack up against the Canon L range?

My head says grab the Sigma but my heart wants a big macho grey lens on his camera.

Any experiences of either lens?
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I don't have experience of either but the Canon F4 is very highly regarded. In a recent magazine test the Sigma was very close to the Canon 2.8 in terms of image quality. I suspect both of them will be very good indeed. In this focal length that extra aperture means it is probably worth going for the Sigma, I would if it were my money. The Canon would win out on being easier to carry.
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

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... but my heart wants a big macho grey lens on his camera.
In real life it's really quite a small lens and as Vinny says, a lot lighter.
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I would wait and save for a bit longer and get the Canon 20-200mm F4L IS. I think optically the Canon has the edge over the Sigma and in weight, size and style. The Canon IS system will more than make up the 2 stop difference with the Sigma.
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I've tried the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 non-IS, neither of which I subsequently got even though they could produce some OK shots (but then I've the 300mm f/4 IS which I love!). Here's some taken with each lens: http://www.pixalo.com/community/dome...eet-29772.html and http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...air-27117.html

Currently considering the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (much preferred what f/2.8 can do for me over f/4) as I can justify spending that sort of money, is the equal of the Canon IQ-wise, is lighter than my 150-500mm (which I have no probs carrying) and isn't a stupid colour! So the only real advantage, to me, of the Canon is weather sealing
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

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In real life it's really quite a small lens and as Vinny says, a lot lighter.
Thanks, weight and size isn't really the consideration.

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I would wait and save for a bit longer and get the Canon 20-200mm F4L IS. I think optically the Canon has the edge over the Sigma and in weight, size and style. The Canon IS system will more than make up the 2 stop difference with the Sigma.
IS isn't a lot of use shooting wildlife stuff and I can't justify spending close to twice the price of the f4 non-IS one, that puts me in the range of the non-IS Canon f2.8.

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I've tried the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 non-IS, neither of which I subsequently got even though they could produce some OK shots (but then I've the 300mm f/4 IS which I love!). Here's some taken with each lens: http://www.pixalo.com/community/dome...eet-29772.html and http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...air-27117.html

Currently considering the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (much preferred what f/2.8 can do for me over f/4) as I can justify spending that sort of money, is the equal of the Canon IQ-wise, is lighter than my 150-500mm (which I have no probs carrying) and isn't a stupid colour! So the only real advantage, to me, of the Canon is weather sealing
That's the info I'm after, not had much experience of Sigma lenses beyond a little walk around lens, in reality is the real sweet spot of the f2.8 is gonna be around f4 to f8 where the sweet spot of the f4 lens is gonna be narrower?

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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

There are some example shots taken with the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 here:

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...tml#post183024
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

Graeme, I am selling a sigma 70-210 F2.8. If you want you can test drive it and that may help you with some practical experience of at least a sigma f2.8 lens. Then you can decide on one of the two that you mentioned or mibbe mine (cheaper ).
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Graeme, I am selling a sigma 70-210 F2.8. If you want you can test drive it and that may help you with some practical experience of at least a sigma f2.8 lens. Then you can decide on one of the two that you mentioned or mibbe mine (cheaper ).
Thanks mate but I'm saving for the better spec EX one, just couldn't scrape together the cash for the one weeman was selling :-(
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I'd go for the Sigma f2.8, the extra apeture on a dull day is worth it. I had the Canon f4L IS for a year and then sold it on for the Canon f2.8 non IS, it's a heavier lens, but that extra apeture has really been worth it for me.
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I have just bought the canon 70-200 f4 l lens. Have used it for a couple of hours today and i must say i am very impressed with it.
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I've hired both over the last few weeks and while the Canon f4 is a damn good lens, the extra the f2.8 gave me was so useful. I'm now on the lookout for a well priced Sigma 70-200mm f2.8, there should be a few floating around once the new OS version hits the stores.

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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

after reading this thread few times i realised that all my questions where answered. and i still don't know what to buy. canon 70-200 f4 non-IS will give me better quality i think then sigma and is actually a little bit cheaper. but f2.8 and IS on other hand is very tempting.

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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

At those price points you'd get the f4 Canon (IS would be streching the price points a little with the Sigma going for around £550) or the f2.8 Sigma with no IS, the version with IS isn't on the market yet and expect it to hit the £850 mark at street prices as the £ is stuffed.

I went for the wider aperture ahead of the IS mainly due to IS not being great for wildlife shoots and I could get the faster shutter speeds with the wider opening.

I've just picked up a lightly used Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 APO DG EX Mk II on eBay for less than £400 which was a no brainer if you have the cash. Oh and one other thing swung it, no grey lens that sticks out like a sore thumb.
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Re: 70-200mm Canon v Sigma

I decided that I'm buying Canon 70-200 F4 lens. I need best possible quality in whole range of that lens and after reading forums and reviews what I know is that only Canon will guarantee that quality. I'll live with F4, I'm not that old so IS is not a must, and having Canon 40D camera I'm not afraid of using higher ISO if I have to, so all should work fine for me. And yes - I like the idea of grey lens that sticks out like a sore thumb.
Sigma is a very good lens but wherever you look it's compared to Canon and not the other way around. And another thing is - I was already taking photos in a rain using my Canon 100mm macro lens, and I'm sure I'll be taking photos in wet conditions in the future so weather sealing also helped me to make my decision.
I have to say that price is another thing which helps - Canon 70-200mm F4 is selling for £470 on camerabox website. And it's new and with 3 year warranty (at least that is what is written in description).
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