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Old Oct 8, 2005, 2:16 PM   #1
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I'm pretty much ready to buy a Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX DG HSM lens for use with ice hockey and some dirt track racing. When I look at the prices at B&H, 839.00 vs. sigma4less, 739.00 there is a big difference. Is one better than the other? Is there an issue with the warranty from one vs. the other? Thanks for any insight from those who've had experience with these retailers.
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Old Oct 9, 2005, 9:31 AM   #2
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I have bought stuff from both places. I will continue to buy Sigma stuff, from Sigma4less. Everything else comes from B&H. And GOD help me, if I am in NYC with a credit card, because I'll be sleeping on the couch for a long, long time! LOL

I got an 18-200 from Sigma4less. They were great to deal with. I too, am considering the 2.8 you are looking at......




By the way, where/what level of hockey are you going to shoot?




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Old Oct 9, 2005, 6:47 PM   #3
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B&H is generally considered the "gold standard". All the "reputable" stores that I know of are at or slightly higher than B&H's price.

There are many ways that B&H is good beyond price. B&H does all these things well, and you need to think about how Sigma4less will do. How well do they handle returns? How much do they charge for shipping? Do they lie and say something is in stock when it isn't? How to they handle broken items? What do they charge for restocking? Do they try pressure upsale techniques on you? Do they claim credit card trouble just to get you to call... so they can try an upsale push?

Sigma4less might be as good as B&H. I honestly don't know. But I do know that I buy from B&H often.

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Old Oct 9, 2005, 8:01 PM   #4
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Eric...thanks for the comments on your experience with B&H. Some of those questions about sigma4less are what I'm wondering about considering the $100 price difference.



The type of hockey I'll be shooting is mostly AHL, collegiate, and some high school. Usually the arenas will have decent lighting but some of the high school games can be in rinks that aren't the greatest.
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Old Oct 9, 2005, 11:25 PM   #5
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I don't know about all the answers to Eric's questions but I recently bought my Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX DGfrom Sigma4less and had a smooth hassle-free experience.
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i have bought several items from both companies and they are both top-notch.. i do not shop with anyone else online..

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I concur. I have purchased a couple things from BH and I have bought the Sigma 70-200 2.8 and 18-50 2.8 from S4Less and all were easy, quick and trouble-free purchases.
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Same here- If I buy new, I usually Sigma from sigma4less and almost everything else from B&H, never had a problem with either.
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You will find that Sigma4less charges much higher "shipping and handling" fees. That eats up quite a bit of the savings.

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