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Old Oct 22, 2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008...the-sigma-saga

To be fair my (now gone) 70-200 2.8 (non dg, non macro) and 120-300 2.8 (again non-dg) never had problems. But I have seen threads from reliable sports and wildlife shooters indicating QC problems.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 6:03 PM   #2
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I use quite a bit of Sigma, 10-20mm, 12-24mm, 17-70mm, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8 and 120-300mm f2.8

I'm selling the 10-20 and the 17-70 as they are DC lenses and I'm using 5D and 1D cameras but neither did I have a problem.

I'm selling the 70-200mm f2.8 DG as it gives only reasonable quality rather than the great quality of my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L.

The 24-70mm f2.8 DG is giving good quality however that was only after I switched the first one I got for being very soft. This is my backup lens for theCanon 24-105mm f4 L IS so rarely gets used (it sits on a 30D at a wedding just in case my 5D goes down and I need to keep shooting.

The 120-300mm f2.8 performs amazingly with no problem at all.

So what's the answer, Sigma have some good lenses but ensure you buy locally so you can check you have a good one and switch it if you don't.

All I will say is out of the 4 Canon lenses I have in my bagthere has not been a single problem.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 10:56 PM   #3
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JohnG wrote:
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http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008...the-sigma-saga

To be fair my (now gone) 70-200 2.8 (non dg, non macro) and 120-300 2.8 (again non-dg) never had problems.
Theses two lenses you mentioned are of the EX series - which are superior built...
The ones they are refering to in the link are not.

-> I only buy the EX...
(... and really abusing the 150mm f/2.8 macro - Nothing else even compare)
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 10:25 PM   #4
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A later post contans more detail.

See http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008.09.20/lens-repair-data-10
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Old Oct 28, 2008, 1:08 PM   #5
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i have had my 70-200mm f2.8 for quite some time now.

it's been with me to both formula d (irwindale earlier this month) and to numerous car shows and even to europe like 2 years ago. topspeedtuning.com is where i have my pictures...

no problems at all! :?:|
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Old Oct 30, 2008, 8:43 AM   #6
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The later post doesn't say anything bad about the Sigma 70-200/2.8, but in their experience, the Sigma 120-300/2.8, 120-400 OS, 150-500 OS, 50-500, and 100-300/4 do seem to have extraoridnarily high failure rates.
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I also have the 70-200 2.8 Canon mount, and never had problems over the last 3 years. Awesome lens.
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Old Nov 1, 2008, 7:17 AM   #8
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Well all I can say is I have the 120-300 f/2.8 since 2004: http://www.pbase.com/nhl/image/38124221
and the lens has yet to fail on me... IMO it's the most flexible and unique lens I ever own (i.e. a fast 120 to 600mm all in one lens)? Also I don't know which other Canon's L carries a 4 years warranty

I also have the same mentioned infamous 50-500 for my Nikon:
http://www.pbase.com/nhl/sigma_50_500
Again this is an awesome lens and it can go places where my EF-500 f/4L can never could (in the middle of the Potomac on a 10ft kayak): http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11
-> If this lens ever fail I'll have another four years to get it corrected... (i.e. I'm not a rental place)

There's also some reportings of front/back focusing issues (which I have yet to experience with my lenses) with Sigma, but isn't that something that could happen with any manufacturers? (Just do a search on this forums).
Why would dSLR manufacturers add AF fine tuning if no one uses them?

Sigma is not for everyone but I take this as good news for the buyers to keep the price low
Can someone please put their 120-300 f/2.8 up for sale if they don't want it anymore so I can get one for my D300? :lol:
-> If this lens is such a dog then I should be able to get one at a discount correct?
Well I can't locate any on ebay unless I pay full price... (Its price has gone up significantly since I got my 1st copy!).
Who's saying Sigma lens doesn't hold their value? :?
The way I see it is all the folks who bought their other mentioned 100-300 f/4 EX early on are also laughting their way to the bank... :G
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Old Nov 1, 2008, 10:25 AM   #9
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I have two sigma lenses 10-20mm and the 17-70 and they are both awesome.

I sent an email to B&H photo asking them if they are seeing a higher rate of returns on Sigma.

I hear all the time on the web "bad copy of this lens" and "bad copy of that" and I really don't take much stock in it.

The only "bad lens" I've heard about from someone I knew personally was a Nikon kit lens - the autofocus failed! lol

I've seen a number of "bad copies" hanging around people's neck's with huge dings in the filter threads around the edge of the lens - I'm assuming their banging and dropping those lenses.
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I emailed B&H and asked them if they noticed more returns on Sigmas.

They asked me to confine my question to specific lenses and they'd give me feedback.

I think that was a reasonable response.
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