Sigma lens 70-200 or 100-400 ?

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gezzamondo
gezzamondo Forum Member • Posts: 97
Sigma lens 70-200 or 100-400 ?

I've been holding off for sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8 for the Sony emount cameras but I recently noticed that they had released a 100-400 f5.6 / 6.3...

My question is.... Would it be worth waiting sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8? Or is the sigma 100-400 f5.6/6.3 just as good a lens?

I saw a few videos on YouTube saying the 100-400 isn't really a lens for indoors

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Barugon Veteran Member • Posts: 8,918
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gezzamondo wrote:

I've been holding off for sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8 for the Sony emount cameras but I recently noticed that they had released a 100-400 f5.6 / 6.3...

My question is.... Would it be worth waiting sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8? Or is the sigma 100-400 f5.6/6.3 just as good a lens?

I saw a few videos on YouTube saying the 100-400 isn't really a lens for indoors

These two lenses have very different missions. I would use a 70-200/2.8 for portrature, indoor sports and other low-light events. I would use a 100-400 for daylight wildlife/zoo and landscape.

PWPhotography Forum Pro • Posts: 10,750
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gezzamondo wrote:

I've been holding off for sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8 for the Sony emount cameras but I recently noticed that they had released a 100-400 f5.6 / 6.3...

My question is.... Would it be worth waiting sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8? Or is the sigma 100-400 f5.6/6.3 just as good a lens?

I saw a few videos on YouTube saying the 100-400 isn't really a lens for indoors

I have owned both 70-200/2.8 and 100-400, Canon in the past and Sony now.   They are for different purposes and don't substitute each other.  Personally I use 100-400 more but 70-200/2.8 has its purpose in indoor, low light, 70mm AOV, portrait, event etc.

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henryk1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,034
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I've had the 100-400 DG DN for a week now, mainly for birding, and love it. Yesterday the tripod collar from Hoege ($55 with tax and shipping) arrived, and it works very well.

Now I'm saving my pennies for a shorter zoom, maybe the 70-200.

The 42mp of the A7r III seemingly was made for the 100-400. One can crop hard and still get excellent results.

henryk1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,034
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That should be Haoge, not Hoege.

SQLGuy Veteran Member • Posts: 9,656
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I have both in EF mount, which I use with the MC-11. They are quite different, in build, and in performance.

The 100-400 is relatively compact and light compared to the 70-200. The 100-400 extends when zoomed, while the 70-200 is all internal. Stabilization on the 100-400 is excellent and seems to be better than that in the 70-200, but the AF is much faster in the 70-200. In terms of feel, the 70-200 is quite heavy (heaviest in its class, I think) and feels very solid. The weight is a bit unfortunate if you're carrying it around for a while, but the feel is not at all clunky - it feels very precise and professional.

I used the 70-200 to shoot horse jumping events. Indoors, in lousy lighting, the 70-200 did a great job of acquiring and following the horses.

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JamminHyaku
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gezzamondo wrote:

I've been holding off for sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8 for the Sony emount cameras but I recently noticed that they had released a 100-400 f5.6 / 6.3...

My question is.... Would it be worth waiting sigma to release a 70-200 f2.8? Or is the sigma 100-400 f5.6/6.3 just as good a lens?

I saw a few videos on YouTube saying the 100-400 isn't really a lens for indoors

Like others have said they are lenses for very different purposes, not interchangeable really at all. I would not use the 100-400 indoors either, and its maximum aperture is rather small, and I cant think of any reason someone would need 400mm indoors unless you are in a mansion with reeeeaallly long rooms or something. Maybe indoor horse races? But then the max aperture will hold you back, yes.

You could also check out Tamrons 70-180 f2.8, it is much smaller than the Sigma 100-400 for Sony, I own both of these lenses and both are very sharp. I was looking at Sigmas 70-200 as well, but in pictures online it looks massive, as 70-200 lenses traditionally are. Tamrons 70-180 is quite small in comparison, which I love.

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gezzamondo
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Re: Sigma lens 70-200 or 100-400 ?

Thanks everyone who has responded.

I do a lot of street photoraphy, (day & night)

I was conserned that the 100-400 might not be great for night shots outside and that the 70-200 2.8 would obviously be better.... i do like the idea of have a reach of 400 though

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DMalcolm Contributing Member • Posts: 587
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I have the Sigma 100-400 and must say the OSS is stellar. Whether it would be good enough for night shots, I'm not sure. Perhaps the few where you're 'in control' and have time to balance yourself. The 70-200 would be the safer bet.

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Nebell Regular Member • Posts: 311
Re: Sigma lens 70-200 or 100-400 ?

gezzamondo wrote:

Thanks everyone who has responded.

I do a lot of street photoraphy, (day & night)

I was conserned that the 100-400 might not be great for night shots outside and that the 70-200 2.8 would obviously be better.... i do like the idea of have a reach of 400 though

Sigmas 100-400 would be terrible for night shots.

If you want a fast, bright lens go for either Tamron 70-180 or Sony 135mm GM.
I had 70-200 f2.8 Sony and it's quite big and heavy for street photography. I also have Sigma 100 - 400. It depends on your ISO tolerance, but mine isn't very high.

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Drogon Forum Member • Posts: 89
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henryk1 wrote:

I've had the 100-400 DG DN for a week now, mainly for birding, and love it. Yesterday the tripod collar from Hoege ($55 with tax and shipping) arrived, and it works very well.

Now I'm saving my pennies for a shorter zoom, maybe the 70-200.

The 42mp of the A7r III seemingly was made for the 100-400. One can crop hard and still get excellent results.

Does the haoge collar have slit for camera strap?

So that you can you carry lens+ camera with strap

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gezzamondo
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Re: Sigma lens 70-200 or 100-400 ?

Thanks again folks

Really appreciate all your input.

I think I'll hold off to see what Sigma do with the 70-200 f2.8 for the sony

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henryk1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,034
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Yes, the Haoge has a slit in the front of the Arca/Swiss compatible foot.

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