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.
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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.