comair25
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Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:43 pm

Hello All!

Sense purchasing my new D3100 and roaming around shooting at FRA and around my local town I have learned a lot. I had picked up a 35MM F1.8 and I love the little prime lens and I have been thinking about getting some new glass to replace or complement my 55-300MM VR. Im trying to get some good glass that is not a kit lens. Im just not looking to spend a ton of money. Even the Sigma 70-200 2.8 if right about where I do not want to go above. I know a new version of the lens is out, but way to expensive for me ($1400). Ive read a few reviews and most have been positive with it being sharp wide open which is good to here as most of the shots will probably be shot at 200MM especially when shooting aviation. Is this lens a recommended lens or should I be looking at something else? Im hoping to pick something new up before going to take a spotting trip to AMS in the near future. I know to get good glass you have to be willing to spend $. I thought about renting the lens for a short time to try it out myself before purchasing it if I decide to.

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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:29 pm

I've been using the lense for a few years now and am very happy with it. The only problem with it is that the powder coating on the lense is peeling of. But that does not effect the lense itself other then cosmetically. I don't upload here but you can try at "the other site" and search for my name and lense 70-200.
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:56 am

I transitioned to DSLRs when the 20D came out and (somewhat reluctantly) purchased the Sigma 70-200 shortly thereafter as my second lens. While I do miss the lack of IS at times, the only way I'd ever give it up today is if you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 1):
The only problem with it is that the powder coating on the lense is peeling of.

On mine too, but only on the two rings in the back after extensive use over the years. It doesn't bother me and isn't even noticeable from a distance as the metal underneath is black as well. I'm actually surprised it has held up as well as it has, after shooting in all kinds of conditions including some incredibly dusty rodeos.

If mine were to break tomorrow I'd pick up another one without a second thought, even the older APO DG HSM version which I currently have. It's a very welcome oddball in my set of L lenses and I currently use it on the 60D and 5DmkII.

As with all lenses, particularly if you buy used you should check image quality wide open - although I've heard far more complaints in that regard from Canon's 70-200 2.8s. Sigma's 70-200s seem to be considerably more consistent in that regard.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:33 pm

Thx guys! I think Im going to rent it when I go to AMS or ZRH. Im pretty sure Im going to pick one up. Now the question is do I want to spend the $140 to rent it for 4 days or go ahead and purchase it for $840 or so. It looks like a great lens and the results seem to show the same. Peter I check out your photos and they look great! The lens seems like a real winner.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:14 pm

That Sigma is a great lens, had mine for about 7 years, love it!   
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:57 am

Quoting comair25 (Reply 3):
Im pretty sure Im going to pick one up. Now the question is do I want to spend the $140 to rent it for 4 days or go ahead and purchase it for $840 or so.

At 17% of the purchase price, for just a few days and when you've already made up your mind to get something in the 70-200 range, a rental is money out the window IMHO. That $140 would get you a SB-400 speedlite or various other accessories.

I've looked into lens rentals in the past, but would only feel inclined to rent one if one of my lenses were away for servicing and I needed another to hold me over, or if I wanted to have a go at something completely different - such as a tilt-shift.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:47 am

Quoting flood (Reply 5):
At 17% of the purchase price, for just a few days and when you've already made up your mind to get something in the 70-200 range, a rental is money out the window IMHO. That $140 would get you a SB-400 speedlite or various other accessories.

Agreed
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:12 pm

Quoting flood (Reply 5):

Thx Flood!

I do agree about the rental price after thinking about it more. What if I get one that's not in the best of shape(scratches, dust), etc,. will only decrease my interest in the lens as I just wasted money on the rental. I know the new version of that lens just came out, so Im hoping I can still find version II before to long.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:20 pm

Hi there, everyone!

May I ask if my Sigma 1.4x teleconverter can be used with my newly acquired Canon 70-200 f4 L lens.

Thanks and greetings from Cork.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:56 pm

Quoting comair25 (Reply 3):
Now the question is do I want to spend the $140 to rent it for 4 days or go ahead and purchase it for $840 or so.

Maybe you can ask the camera store to borrow the lense for a few days to test, and use the $140 as a downpayment? Most decent camera stores will realise that most photographers will want to try the lense before splashing out over a 1000 euros.
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:57 pm

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 9):

Thats a great idea. I've been looking for a store in the local area, I think the closest is in Mainz though.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:57 pm

Quoting Sam the Lab (Reply 8):

May I ask if my Sigma 1.4x teleconverter can be used with my newly acquired Canon 70-200 f4 L lens.

Probably will but depending on your camera body you might not be able to use autofocus.
 
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RE: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM II

Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:58 pm

Thank you for the reply, KiwiRob. My camera body is the Canon 40D. Up to now I have been too nervous to even try attaching the Sigma teleconverter to the 70-200 f4 but I will try it now on the next fine day and see what happens. If it works out it will help greatly with light aircraft and helicopters.

Kind regards from Cork.

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