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70-200 2.8 Sigma?

post #1 of 62
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Think I should pick this lens up?

I can get it for the old price of 800 before it gets bumped up to 950.


My current gear.

D90
18-105 Kit
35 1.8
50 1.8


EDIT: Anyone know how the sigma stacks up against the Nikkor VR1? Which would be better to get.
Edited by Live_free - 3/9/11 at 11:59pm
post #2 of 62
For that kind of money look at getting a 80-200 AF-D lens. The sigma is good but it may take you a couple of tries to get a sharp copy.
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post #3 of 62
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700-200 2.8 Sigma?
You mean 70-200 right?

I opted for a Nikon 70-200mm VR I over the Sigma. The VR I seemed sharper and I like the bokeh better. If you don't have ~$1300 for the VR I, the Sigma is a good alternative though.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 3/9/11 at 4:29pm
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Thread Starter 

Yes I meant 70. 800 for a lens seems great, not sure if I want to spend 1300 on a lens.

Just watching this made me want to pull the trigger. I could spend the money on computer stuff, lens, or just save it. I don't want to be a professional photographer but love it.


The Sigma is supposedly sharper and faster then the 10 year old nikon.
Edited by Live_free - 3/9/11 at 4:42pm
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Pick it up! It's only $750 on amazon currently.
Price was $815 last week, hopefully it won't go back up.
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The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is regarded as being a good lens, Dont let the people whining about bad/good copies get to you, its easily as good as the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L...

Versus an AF-D, with a D90, your AF speed is going to be quicker with the Sigma from my memory, if you had a D300 or a D700, I'd get an AF-D Nikkor instead, but on a D90 the screwdrive AF is going to be a lot slower and clunkier than on one of those more expensive bodies...Of course no matter what the AF-D Nikkor isnt going to be a silent focusing lens compared to the Sigma...

For $750 its a steal, Get it, Love it, Shoot with it...

Oh, one thing, keep in mind its gonna be a little heavier than anything you currently have and will take getting used to
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post #7 of 62
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Doesn't the 70-200 have a HSM?

I was looking at some reviews and am now stuck at a crossroad. 70-200 2.8 Sigma or the VR1 Nikkor model, just kinda scares me buying a 10 year old lens.
post #8 of 62
My brother used to have this lens. I loved it so much. He sold it off and picked upt he Nikon 70-200 instead.

For the price, that 70-200 Sigma can't be beat. It's an amazing lens.

Edit: And yea, it's heavy.
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post #9 of 62
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Thanks everyone. Gonna wait and pull the trigger tomorrow after-noon. If anyone can give me some input on the Nikkor VR1 version vs the Sigma HSM II version (non OS) that would be great.
post #10 of 62
Out of those two, I'd get the Nikon, hands down.
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