Canon 70-200mm f4 vs Tamron or Sigma 70-200mm f2.8

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Canon 70-200mm f4 vs Tamron or Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
Feb 4, 2013

Hey all!

I'm looking for a 70-200mm lens for my Canon t2i.  My ideal lens would be the Canon 70-200mm 2.8, but I don't have that much money to put toward a lens and I don't think I'm going to save up for it either.  So I'm looking at these lenses... the Canon 70-200 f4, Tamron 70-200 f2.8, and Sigma 70-200 f2.8 (all non-IS).

I'm mostly looking at these lenses for sports and other kinds of "active" things.  I'm not a pixel peeper and am not super intense about sharpness.  (for example I currently have the Canon 18-135mm and have been plenty happy with it).  But I would like a lens that zooms farther than the 135mm and I would like something that's faster than f5.6.  What are your opinions on these lenses, those of you that have experience with them?  Obviously the Canon's big downside is the f4, but does it make up for that?  Is the Tamron's focusing as slow as I've heard?  How do these compare?

Thanks!

Tony

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In reply to diness, Feb 4, 2013

The Canon 70-200 f/4 is a superb lens. I use it almost exclusively. I can't speak to the quality of the other lenses you mentioned, but a lot depends on which kinds of sports you're talking about.

From my experience, f/4 isn't gonna cut it for indoor sports in lower light. You'd need at least f/2.8 for that in order to get enough speed to freeze action. For outdoor sports in decent light, the f/4 would be fine.

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The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II is an outstanding lens.

Be aware there are several versions of this lens, and you want the one above.

I own this lens and its focus is fast, and when properly calibrated accurate. My lens front focuses, but, my Canon 50D and 7D both have MFA so that isn't an issue. I've had the lens for almost 4 years and am still very happy with the purchase. I'm actually sending the lens into Sigma for calibration, before the 4 year warranty expires. I have an XTi as a fun camera, and my daughter has an XTi, so figured I should go ahead and get it calibrated.

I've used the lens for everything from Softball to Indycars, and it works great. Image quality is outstanding.

Here's the lens compared side by side in the DPReview Widget: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS vs Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II.

edit: Yes, the old Tamron focus motor is that slow and should be avoided for sports applications. Tamron has just released an new 70-200 f/2.8 with their new USD focus motor and VC, if it maintains the IQ of their old 70-200 f/2.8 it would be a lens worth getting.

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hi i went and tried the sigma 70-200os f2.8 it was a good lens but heavy. i ended up with the canon 70-200L f4 it goes every where with me really pleased with it

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TTMartin wrote:

The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II is an outstanding lens.

Be aware there are several versions of this lens, and you want the one above.

I own this lens and its focus is fast, and when properly calibrated accurate. My lens front focuses, but, my Canon 50D and 7D both have MFA so that isn't an issue. I've had the lens for almost 4 years and am still very happy with the purchase. I'm actually sending the lens into Sigma for calibration, before the 4 year warranty expires. I have an XTi as a fun camera, and my daughter has an XTi, so figured I should go ahead and get it calibrated.

I've used the lens for everything from Softball to Indycars, and it works great. Image quality is outstanding.

Here's the lens compared side by side in the DPReview Widget: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS vs Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II.

edit: Yes, the old Tamron focus motor is that slow and should be avoided for sports applications. Tamron has just released an new 70-200 f/2.8 with their new USD focus motor and VC, if it maintains the IQ of their old 70-200 f/2.8 it would be a lens worth getting.

I am not great at reading these graphs, but if I read it correct, there is hardly any difference in sharpness between the Sigma * the Canon At all FL's & Ap's. Am I mistaken?

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happysnapper64 wrote:

TTMartin wrote:

The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II is an outstanding lens.

Be aware there are several versions of this lens, and you want the one above.

I own this lens and its focus is fast, and when properly calibrated accurate. My lens front focuses, but, my Canon 50D and 7D both have MFA so that isn't an issue. I've had the lens for almost 4 years and am still very happy with the purchase. I'm actually sending the lens into Sigma for calibration, before the 4 year warranty expires. I have an XTi as a fun camera, and my daughter has an XTi, so figured I should go ahead and get it calibrated.

I've used the lens for everything from Softball to Indycars, and it works great. Image quality is outstanding.

Here's the lens compared side by side in the DPReview Widget: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS vs Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II.

edit: Yes, the old Tamron focus motor is that slow and should be avoided for sports applications. Tamron has just released an new 70-200 f/2.8 with their new USD focus motor and VC, if it maintains the IQ of their old 70-200 f/2.8 it would be a lens worth getting.

I am not great at reading these graphs, but if I read it correct, there is hardly any difference in sharpness between the Sigma * the Canon At all FL's & Ap's. Am I mistaken?

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Looking at the left side, blue is sharpest, then green, then yellow, then orange then red is least sharp.

So, yes the Sigma is equal or superior to the Canon at almost any focal length or aperture setting.

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diness wrote:

Hey all!

I'm looking for a 70-200mm lens for my Canon t2i. My ideal lens would be the Canon 70-200mm 2.8, but I don't have that much money to put toward a lens and I don't think I'm going to save up for it either. So I'm looking at these lenses... the Canon 70-200 f4, Tamron 70-200 f2.8, and Sigma 70-200 f2.8 (all non-IS).

I'm mostly looking at these lenses for sports and other kinds of "active" things. I'm not a pixel peeper and am not super intense about sharpness. (for example I currently have the Canon 18-135mm and have been plenty happy with it). But I would like a lens that zooms farther than the 135mm and I would like something that's faster than f5.6. What are your opinions on these lenses, those of you that have experience with them? Obviously the Canon's big downside is the f4, but does it make up for that? Is the Tamron's focusing as slow as I've heard? How do these compare?

Thanks!

Tony

Canon 70-200 f/4 is a fantastic lens and I'd highly recommend it as long as you are ok without image stabilization.

Here's some of mine.  Many were taken with 1.4x extender too.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68255851@N05/tags/70200f4lusm/page3/

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I don't have experience of the others but the Canon is a class act and I'm very pleased with mine.

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I use the Canon 70-200 F4 IS with a 550D (t2i), and it is an absolute gem! It is very sharp, light, rugged, weather sealed, has a fantastic IS, and a colour rendtition that is in a class of it´s own. Go for it!

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