Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS lens vs. Nikon 70-200

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Alex Akai
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Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS lens vs. Nikon 70-200
Apr 1, 2013

I am about to place an order for SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM.  Can somebody with experience with this lens give me some feedback as to how it compares with the Nikon Version.  There is a lot of price difference and I am wondering if it really justifies going with Nikon version ?  Thanks..

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In reply to Alex Akai, Apr 1, 2013

Look up the Tarmron 70-200 VC, it's better than the Sigma 70-200 OS and almost as good as the Nikon 70-200 VRII IQ wise.

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Yes the ranking IMHO is:

1- Nikon- If you try this lens you will know why the price is what it is. I just bought this lens a week or so ago while it was still on sale for $2099. It is AMAZING glass. Great contrast, great colors and very very fast AF. VR is amazing (hand held down to 1/6 and no blur for me). Built like a tank. Hold it and use it and you will want one!

2-Tamron- Tried the new 70-200 2.8 VC in the store. Not as sharp as the nikon 2.8 but did get better at f4. VC is great. Build is not solid as nikon. AF not as fast to me.

3-SIGMA- Not as sharp as the tamron at 2.8 and not close to the nikon at 2.8. Would buy the tamron if you cant affoard the nikon.

At the end of the day, I would save up for the nikon if I was on a budget.

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Sigma is a Full frame version, Not sure about Tamron, is it also full frame or DX format ? I ve got a D600.

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Yes the ranking IMHO is:

1- Nikon- If you try this lens you will know why the price is what it is. I just bought this lens a week or so ago while it was still on sale for $2099. It is AMAZING glass. Great contrast, great colors and very very fast AF. VR is amazing (hand held down to 1/6 and no blur for me). Built like a tank. Hold it and use it and you will want one!

2-Tamron- Tried the new 70-200 2.8 VC in the store. Not as sharp as the nikon 2.8 but did get better at f4. VC is great. Build is not solid as nikon. AF not as fast to me.

3-SIGMA- Not as sharp as the tamron at 2.8 and not close to the nikon at 2.8. Would buy the tamron if you cant affoard the nikon.

At the end of the day, I would save up for the nikon if I was on a budget.

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In reply to Nikonfan99, Apr 1, 2013

Ok I did find out it was an FX lens.  Though it's about $250 more than the Sigma DxO marke gives it a very good mark for sharpness. So I will think about it some more.

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In reply to Alex Akai, Apr 1, 2013

Yes all three are FX glass. The Tamron "NIKON" version has not been rated yet by DXOMARK. The nikon version did take longer to come out and I would not base a purchase on the canon rating. My two tamrons both backfocus on all three of my nikons (during focal test) and need the most adjustment. Not saying that this is the case with this lens but that you cant use canon ratings to apply to nikon.

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In reply to Nikonfan99, Apr 1, 2013

I had the Siggy and sold it for the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR1 ( Found the Siggy soft and not as sharp as the Nikon)

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In reply to Nikonfan99, Apr 1, 2013

I ordered the Tamron as per your recommendation.  At least it's more compact than Sigma.

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Nikonfan99 wrote:

Yes the ranking IMHO is:

1- Nikon- If you try this lens you will know why the price is what it is. I just bought this lens a week or so ago while it was still on sale for $2099. It is AMAZING glass. Great contrast, great colors and very very fast AF. VR is amazing (hand held down to 1/6 and no blur for me). Built like a tank. Hold it and use it and you will want one!

2-Tamron- Tried the new 70-200 2.8 VC in the store. Not as sharp as the nikon 2.8 but did get better at f4. VC is great. Build is not solid as nikon. AF not as fast to me.

3-SIGMA- Not as sharp as the tamron at 2.8 and not close to the nikon at 2.8. Would buy the tamron if you cant affoard the nikon.

At the end of the day, I would save up for the nikon if I was on a budget.

Its a little late to be of use to the OP, but another thing to ask, is how much you need f/2.8.  The Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR is very good on the IQ side of things.  You lose f/2.8, and the "built like a tank", but the f/4r is half the weight, and in the same price range as the third party f/2.8 lenses.

Obviously if you need/want f/2.8, this isn't an option, but for many people looking at this type of lens, it's something to consider -- the ISOs cameras shoot these days lessen the need to get a super fast zoom in this class quite a bit.

I own the 70-200mm VRII from before this was an option, but find that I rarely shoot it below f/4, and my dad has the new f/4 lens which I like a lot having shot with it some -- the ONLY reason I'd still get the f/2.8 lens over the lighter and less expensive f/4 is that I eventually would like to get a TC-20E III for it.

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I ordered the Tamron as per your recommendation.  At least it's more compact than Sigma.

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With Tamron, if you are in the USA you get a 6-year warranty.

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Enjoy the lens and please post back and let us know what you think

I would still suggest getting reikan focal software or some other way to check for or adjust the AF fine tune. That is if you notice any back or front focus. Some free ways of testing for it also online. Take care

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Nikonfan99 wrote:

Yes all three are FX glass. The Tamron "NIKON" version has not been rated yet by DXOMARK. The nikon version did take longer to come out and I would not base a purchase on the canon rating. My two tamrons both backfocus on all three of my nikons (during focal test) and need the most adjustment. Not saying that this is the case with this lens but that you cant use canon ratings to apply to nikon.

I do not think the current model Nikon 70-200 VR II f/2.8 has not  been tested yet by DxOmark either. They are using the 2002 VRI version in their tests.

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Yes I know about that. Seems odd for as long as it has been out.

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It can be had for under $1000 used if you look around... I got mine used for $900 from Unique photo.  I would have preferred the Tamron, but there really is not much of a used market yet for that lens.

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That's a good point though it's too late to change.  Oh well there may be situations where I will need the F/2.8 like indoor shooting for sports.

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I will run some tests and see about the focus when I get the lens. Hopefully it will be spot on.

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Nikonfan99 wrote:

Yes all three are FX glass. The Tamron "NIKON" version has not been rated yet by DXOMARK. The nikon version did take longer to come out and I would not base a purchase on the canon rating. My two tamrons both backfocus on all three of my nikons (during focal test) and need the most adjustment. Not saying that this is the case with this lens but that you cant use canon ratings to apply to nikon.

I do not think the current model Nikon 70-200 VR II f/2.8 has not  been tested yet by DxOmark either. They are using the 2002 VRI version in their tests.

They have tested the Canon version.  How different would it be with Nikon version?

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hikerdoc wrote:

Nikonfan99 wrote:

Yes all three are FX glass. The Tamron "NIKON" version has not been rated yet by DXOMARK. The nikon version did take longer to come out and I would not base a purchase on the canon rating. My two tamrons both backfocus on all three of my nikons (during focal test) and need the most adjustment. Not saying that this is the case with this lens but that you cant use canon ratings to apply to nikon.

I do not think the current model Nikon 70-200 VR II f/2.8 has not  been tested yet by DxOmark either. They are using the 2002 VRI version in their tests.

They have tested the Canon version.  How different would it be with Nikon version?

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I was referring to Nikon's 70-200 f/2.8 offerings, not the Sigma or Tamron offerings in Nikon mount. I believe DxO uses the Nikon 70-200 VR I released in 2002 in their comparison tests. This lens was replaced by Nikon with the VR II version in 2009, generally felt to be a superior lens. I was suggesting that the difference between the Nikon and the Sigma/Tamron options may be greater than one would see from the DxO tests which used the discontinued Nikon version.

If you are referring to proprietary lenses, I do not think you can assume test results on a Canon lens and a Nikon lens are interchangeable for comparison purposes with a third party lens.

Sigma does make some excellent lenses. I have the 85 f/1.4 which is close to the G in many respects, and the 35 f/1.4 which equals or exceeds the G. I have no experience with the Sigma/Tamron 70-200's though.

Whichever you choose, enjoy your new lens!

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