Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS USM vs Sigma 120-300 2.8

Started Feb 17, 2010 | Discussions thread
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HSwolfs Regular Member • Posts: 117
Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS USM vs Sigma 120-300 2.8

hello all,

I'm having a dilemma wether I should trade in my Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS USM of which I'm quite satisfied though.

I would trade it in for a Sigma 120-300 2.8.

I'm using my 70-200 2.8 IS mainly for concerts, occassional weddings and general action photography nearby. I can't do sports now because of the reach which is too short (for outdoor soccergames for example).

I also like bird photography but also there the 70-200 is too short.

Therefor I'm thinking of trading it in for the Sigma 120-300 2.8.

I have some doubts though :

  • concerts : the IS really helps here to keep shooting without a tripod or monopod (which aren't options at concerts)

  • weddings : in churches, also the IS would deliver more keepers due to the low light conditions and slower shutterspeeds with the IS handheld

I'm using an EOS 1D mkII which I quite often use up until ISO1600 unless the pictures are to be printed larger than usual prints...

I know that the ideal situation is adding the 120-300 2.8 to my set but that is not an option unless you guys advise me to keep saving money until I can buy the 120-300 in addition to my 70-200.

Thanks in advance for all the advice!

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