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Sigma 70-200 F/2.8 EX Vs Canon 70-200 F/4L  
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6816 times:

Barring the obvious increase in aperture, has anybody here tried both the Sigma and Canon lenses? If so, which would be better quality-wise? I'm still thinking I'll have enough cash by the end of the summer for the 100-400L but at this point I'd like to have a backup plan just in case, and I'm wondering if the extra stops is worth the buying of Sigma over Canon L?

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User currently offlineErwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

I used to have the Sigma 70-200 2.8 - that is one fine piece of glass.
You will appreciate the 2.8 part! The extra stops saves your life in the more difficult conditions, and the narrow depth of field is very nice. You can also attach a Sigma 1.4 or 2.0 teleconvertor without any problems. Gives you a 400mm 5.6 and the AF still works.

Kind regards,

My gear: Nikon, Sony, Red, Sachtler etc.
User currently offlineUA935 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 615 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6753 times:


When I was purchasing my 70-200 my local camera store got in both the Sigma and the Canon so I could try them out.

In the end I purchased the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX HSM and am totally happy with my choice.

The focusing is fast and silent and the build quality is excellent.

Results from the lens are stunning and it is sharp throughout the aperture range.

I also have the 1.4 EX converter and the results are great when using this combo.

The lens has just been updated with a DC version.

I cannot fault the Sigma EX range of lenses.

I have numerous uploads from both the 70-200 on its own and with the converter, have a look if you are interested to see results.


Simon Gregory

Live every second like you mean it
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6724 times:

I have the Sigma 70-200 2.8, and as mentioned it is a very nice, fast lens. You need to get a long f2.8 lens at least once in your life.  Smile You WILL notice the difference having the extra stops, and you can use it many places where the Canon F4 will have to go in the bag.

But, knowing where and what you shoot, I'd continue saving for the 100-400L.

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

Thanks guys, if I can't get the dough for the 100-400 I'll see what Sigma offers. But I still plan on saving for the 100-400.

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

I have never used the Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX but I can tell you I love the Canon 70-200mm F/4 L.

I haven't experienced the back focus issues that some people have reported. Maybe I got a good copy. The weight,build, price,bokeh,contrast and SHARPNESS are out of this world...the perfect lens!

I will be upgrading to the 2.8 L IS version at some point in the future, but, no complaints about this beauty. Highly recommended.

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