70-200 advice

Started Oct 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
DSLRShutterBug
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Re: 70-200 advice
In reply to towndrunk, Oct 11, 2012

towndrunk wrote:

I was looking for a 70-200 last time I saved up my pennies to purchase a new lens. At the time it was either the 24-70 or the 70-200. . . and I went with the 24-70. I love it, especially after I upgraded from the D80 to the D300s.

Now I am revisiting the 70-200, but find that there is now a VR II lens for about $700 more than they were when I was last looking. The question I have, since I own all Nikon lenses, is how much of a difference is there between the Non-Nikon manufacturers? Also not sure if I should stick with the 70-200 or look at the 80-200.

Occasionally I have been using my 18-200, but after this last weekend I have found that this lens is not getting the job done for me anymore. I just did a quick look at B&H since that is where I purchase most of my gear. Pricing is a little varied, so I was curious about other manufacturers. Any advice, or direction pointing, would be greatly appreciated.

Nikon: $2,396.96 (AF-S Nikkor, f/2.8 ED VR II)
Sigma: $1,399.00 (f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM)
Tamron: $769.00 (f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF)

I had terrible experiences with sigma 70-200 combined with Nikon camera bodies

My Opinion: Although physical build of the lens is spectacular, its not a good option for Nikon Users imo....Produces extremely washed out images and very soft at 200mm (DpReview on this lens seems to agree with me too).

See my full review about my experience with this lens:

http://www.anthonymickealphotography.com/1/post/2012/10/sigma-70-200mm-f28-ex-dg-hsm-lens-nikon-version-a-review.html

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