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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.
Between those two, Nikon, Hands down, VR is a very useful thing to have on any lens and its going to be the sharper of the two
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If anyone knows a place where I can find the nikkor version or comparisons between the two lenses that would be great.
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Photozone hasn't done a direct comparison, but they do have reviews of both lenses on crop bodies. Basically, the Nikkor is substantially sharper (look at the MTF graphs), while the Sigma has slightly less vignetting and chromatic aberration, with the latter being a moot point on newer Nikon bodies. The Sigma does also have a larger max reproduction ratio if that matters to you.

The VR I Nikkor routinely can be found for less than $1300 from large dealers, probably less if you go through a forum like Fred Miranda. It will definitely cost more than the Sigma.

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I was told by a professional photography forum the nikkor could be had used for around 1k. But I will look around.



Thanks for the reviews.

I am only slightly concerend about spending 1k on something used.
Edited by Live_free - 3/10/11 at 8:00am
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I been looking into the 70-200mm 2.8 for a very long time.
Price wise Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 HSM > 70-200mm 2.8 OS > Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8
for image sharpness its gonna be the Nikkor > Sigma
I would say this is a bang for your buck lens. I'm ordering mine sometime next week.
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awww you guys need to buy a lenses to get stabilization......

the sigma is a pretty good lens, if you dont need teh VR. it is one of the softer 70-200s but by no means garbage.

the nikon is much better solely cause of VR because sharpness isnt really important since no one prints at 100% crops....

if you can pick up the nikon for <1000usd go for it, if not the sigma will also be a good choice.

edit: if you want sharpness but with slower AF there is the tamron 70-200/2.8.
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VR is not important at all at high shutter speeds.
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VR is not important at all at high shutter speeds.
It is if you're not going to use a tripod or stable setup at long focal lengths.
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It is if you're not going to use a tripod or stable setup at long focal lengths.
I sometimes have problem shooting my 35mm 1.8 at higher shutter speeds
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So the VR nikkor version is worth saving more for?
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