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nitti48 Aug 22, 2012 4:37 PM

Sigma 50-150mm 2.8 OS vs Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS?
Still have not made up my mind about getting the 70-200 2.8 have found the 50-150 2.8 OS to be on the table also?? 50 mm mean that much..Wondered if anyone has used this lens vs the 70-200 2.8 the elements better in which one? and the price of the 50-150 is around $400 cheaper..I know its not always the lens that makes the best pics but the person taking the pics but seems that the best glass helps also...Thanks for all your contributing comments in my past posts...Anyone with a Nikon mount use either of these lens ...

JimC Aug 22, 2012 5:25 PM

I moved this thread to our Canon Lenses Forum, where you'd be more likely to get feedback from Canon owners about the lenses you're looking at.

But, I'm not aware of any of our regular users that have those lenses.

Keep in mind that the new 50-150mm OS lens has only been shipping for a few months (it just hit dealer shelves in May). So, it will probably take a while before more Canon owners have tried it and have opinions about it (and I'd make sure to get opinions from users of a specific camera mount, as sometimes you can find that a given lens design works better on one camera brand versus another).

Also, make sure you're comparing the exact models you're interested in, as I just pointed out in the other thread you started asking about a lens to use for volleyball here:

nitti48 Aug 25, 2012 8:02 PM

I think this would be better in Nikon because I have a Nikon mount and wanted to know anybody with a nikon if they used this lens..Also I never made a thread in regards to Volleyball shooting

JimC Aug 25, 2012 8:09 PM

:eek: My apologies. I wasn't paying close attention to the member name starting this thread (since someone else was just asking about the same lens).

Please forgive me.

I'll move this thread to our Nikon Lenses forum now. Hopefully, you'll get some feedback from Nikon users that have some experience with it.

TCav Aug 25, 2012 8:23 PM

The 50-150 is a DC (APS-C only) lens, so it's probably smaller and lighter than an equivalent 'Full Frame' lens, though the lens is very new and the exact specs aren't available yet.

And since it's very new, you're not likely to find anyone with significant experience with it either.

Franko170 Aug 29, 2012 10:54 PM

Pop Photo has a review on it

tacticdesigns Aug 30, 2012 1:47 AM

What camera body do you have? Full frame or cropped?

If you have both Full frame and cropped, getting the 70-200 f2.8 might be like getting two lenses in one. When you want the extra reach, put it on the cropped sensor body. When you want a bit wider, stick it on the full frame sensor body.

[The rumours of the Nikon D600 has me thinking about lenses a bit different right now. I've still got my old Tamron 28-105mm f2.8 that I just don't want to get rid of. If I can get a full frame down the road then this lens can be my wide angle fast lens on a full frame body, and my mid range lens on a cropped body with a better range than my cropped sensor format 28-75 f2.8 lens. When the Nikon D600 gets into my price range, I'll have no problem selling my cropped 28-75 f2.8 to put towards a D600 and then start using my full frame 28-105 f2.8 again.]

EDIT: I guess my thought is, with the cost of full frame bodies coming down (new or used), if you're going to want to get a full frame body (or already have one) then why not start getting the full frame glass so that you already have the glass ready to go when you pull the trigger on a full frame body.

Just a thought.


tclune Aug 30, 2012 8:15 AM

I would just mention that the non-OS version of the Sigma 50-150 was notorious for how many bad samples were produced of that lens. It was apparently a bear to assemble, and the likelihood of getting a misaligned copy was extremely high. There were many stories of people returning three or four of them before getting a good one. However, folks who got a good one really loved the lens.

I don't know whether the now OS version has been redesigned for manufactuability or not. I would have some concerns about that, though, until there is enough of a track record to be able to evaluate the routine quality of the lens as it comes off the factory floor. FWIW

Frogfish Sep 4, 2012 11:54 PM

I have the 50-150 in Pentax mount (no longer in production) so it will be optically very similar (identical ?) though mechanically it may differ.

This is almost never out of my Pentax bag (I bought the 80-200 for my Nikon) and is the only zoom I now have in that mount. Very sharp, very very quiet and very fast. An excellent lens. The extra 20mm at the wide end is far more valuable than the extra 50mm at the tele end (you can always add a TC if you need longer) and because it is so sharp you can easily crop to the 200mm FoV. It is also, of course, far lighter than the 70-200 if that is an important factor for you.

The price has undergone a substantial increase (it's about twice that I paid 2 years ago) too. Pity it isn't FF compatible though.

JimC Sep 5, 2012 8:23 AM

The newer 50-150mm lens with OS is a physically larger lens with a different optical design.

Even the filter size is different (77mm for the newer OS version versus 67mm for the older non OS version), with different optical elements (14 Elements in 18 Groups for the old version with 4 of the elements using SLD glass; versus 15 Elements in 21 Groups for the new version with OS with 6 of the elements using SLD glass).

Version without OS:

Version with OS:

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