Advice Sigma 70-200


macca809

Link Posted 06/02/2011 - 16:33
Has anyone any experience with this lens Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG HSM? Any advice welcomed.

fritzthedog

Link Posted 06/02/2011 - 16:43
Sorry - I don't have this particular one but if it as good as the 10-20, the 105 macro and the 50-150 - which I do have - it will be very good indeed

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T140

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 12:26
I got one a while back, its a very good lens, i have used it a few times at rugby matches, unfortuneately there is no tele converter avaliable for them as yet.
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thoughton

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 12:28
I have the old non-HSM non-macro version. It's a fantastic lens, albeit large and heavy.
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K10D

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 13:49
thoughton wrote:
I have the old non-HSM non-macro version. It's a fantastic lens, albeit large and heavy.

This version is the sharpest at all settings. I, as Mike P, rate ours very highly.

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Mike-P

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 15:08
As soon as Sigma started messing around with the original APO EX (DG) versions (by adding macro and then HSM) IQ seemed to go downhill a little. The last version before the very new OS lens has fast AF but is a little soft wide open at 200mm.

If you cannot get a APO EX or EX DG copy of the lens (rare as no longer available new and people just don't want to part with them .. also they work with Sigmas teleconverters) then maybe look at the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 which is sharper wide open but slightly slower focusing.
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 07/02/2011 - 15:10

pentaxanne

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 15:12
had the same as mike and it was lovely and sharp wide open, sold it as i didnt use it as much as i should,

macca809

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 15:29
Thank you all for your valued opinions. They have helped a great deal.

Macca

SteveEveritt

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 18:29
Are its macro capabilities any good? And if so how good... maybe some examples ... please


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Mike-P

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 18:50
SteveEveritt wrote:
Are its macro capabilities any good?

Not particularly.
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mille19

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 19:08
I'm happy with my 70-200mm HSM II. It's not the sharpest lens at F2.8 but is still very usable. It is fast focussing, noticebly faster than my DA*300mm.
I don't think Macro is one of its strong points, although I've never really tried it, I might give it a go for butterflies this summer.
I use it mainly for my sports photos and have had a few images published in the Rugby League Express that were taken with this lens. Most of my sports photos were taken with this lens and a K7 or K5.
Have a look at http://www.srmillerphotography.co.uk/Barrowrugby.html
Last Edited by mille19 on 07/02/2011 - 19:16

Opethian

Link Posted 07/02/2011 - 21:18
Mike-P wrote:
If you cannot get a APO EX or EX DG copy of the lens (rare as no longer available new and people just don't want to part with them .. also they work with Sigmas teleconverters) then maybe look at the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 which is sharper wide open but slightly slower focusing.

This is just so depressing. Would have wanted to go for a Sigma, and considering the first generation would be around 400 to 500 if sold used, would have been happy with that. But, as you say, I rarely see a Pentax fit Sigma being sold. Heck, I don't see a Pentax fit 70 200 2.8 lens being sold used anyway!

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jeallen01

Link Posted 08/02/2011 - 18:46
K10D wrote:
thoughton wrote:
I have the old non-HSM non-macro version. It's a fantastic lens, albeit large and heavy.

This version is the sharpest at all settings. I, as Mike P, rate ours very highly.
Best regards

Fully agree:- the best 400 I have spent on a lens (albeit secondhand from MifSuds 3 years ago)
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Robin128

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 00:09
Some may wish to know that the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 ex dg os hsm price was dropped today by SRSmicrosystems following an Email asking for a price match...they are now down to 969.


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Mike-P

Link Posted 09/02/2011 - 06:41
Apparently thie new OS version is still not as good as the original.

Not sure why they had to mess with the first one tbh.
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