nikon 80-200 f 2.8 or sigma 70-200 f2.8

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Questions thread
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Re: nikon 80-200 f 2.8 or sigma 70-200 f2.8

rhaikenking wrote:

... i use a nikon d90 my favorite subject is sports photography action photography and food photography

These are two very different types of photography.  If I had a D90 and wanted to do sports photography, I would probably lean towards a Sigma 70-200 that has HSM.  I believe the HSM in the Sigma would allow you to get more winners.  Sigma's AF is fast and positive.  The Nikon 80-200 is optically superior but the AF is screw based, dependent upon the AF motor in the D90 body.  I question if the D90 has enough power / torque to drive a heavy tele like the Nikon 80-200/2.8D for fast action sports photography.  Couple it with a D300 or D700 and it would be a different story.

Food photography is an entirely different.  Actually, I don't know that either of these lenses would be my choice but if a tele zoom is what you want to use, then I would opt for the Nikon due to the better optics.

Best of both worlds would be to find an Nikon 80-200/2.8 AF-S but a clean used copy would probably start at $800.

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