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Old May 5, 2009, 12:41 PM   #1
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I'm looking to pick up a lens to compliment my new 28-70 f2.8 Sigma. Specifically, I'm looking for something that'll give me at least f4 at 200mm (f2.8 is preferable) and minimum focal length of 120mm (though 80mm would be nice).

So far I've found the Nikkor 80-200 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and Tamron 70-200 f2.8.

They range in price from 800 (Tamron) to 1200 (Nikon), though the reviews I've found indicate that the Tamron has poor auto-focus speeds (as well as inaccuracies in low light).

Does anyone have any experience with any of these three lenses? Does anyone know of other comparable options?
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Old May 5, 2009, 6:24 PM   #2
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You may also want to look at the Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM.

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Old May 5, 2009, 6:40 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll add that one to the list to research
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Old May 5, 2009, 10:34 PM   #4
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The 70-200/80-200mm lines are Damn fine lenses, especially for all around walkabout uses. Having good low light applications when needed in a hurry. They each have some pros and cons, none being a deal breaker,IMHO. The 100-300mm is another good choice, however a liittle more specialised. I use one for Shooting Dressage Competitions. I tend to use it Static, on a tripod, when I want to count the hairs on a HorsesHeadfrom 75-100 feet away in good daylight.....

In summary......Depends on your intentions.......( Boy, sometimes I wax Verbose!!!)
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Old May 6, 2009, 10:29 AM   #5
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In summary......Depends on your intentions.......( Boy, sometimes I wax Verbose!!!)
I want a decent flexible lens that has mid-range telephoto. It'll probably get used for shooting the bird feeder 20 feet from my deck, boats on the river/lake, and any other mid range object I might find interesting. It will probably rarely get used in low light conditions; I like f2.8 as I'll be able to get the shutter speeds way up (the bird feeder).

I'll likely never go out doing nature shots, it's doubtful that I'll ever need much more than 200mm, though its a fast enough lens that it could handle a 2x teleconverter and still compete with many of the slightly cheaper 200mm lenses.

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What pros/cons have you noticed between the Nikkor 80-200 and Sigma 70-200?

So far, comparing spec sheets alone, I have this:
Sigma focuses as close as 1m, Nikon only 1.8m.
Nikon loses the 70-79mm range
Sigma is 70g heavier
They are almost exactly the same dimensions (within 2mm)
Sigma has 10 year warranty, Nikon only 5
Sigma comes with a hood, Nikon a case
Nikon lists $1270, Sigma $1200 (CAD)
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Old May 8, 2009, 1:12 AM   #6
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Alright, based on all this, I ordered the Sigma today, 1130 CAD + Taxes. It hurts, but I'll get a lot of use out of it. I should have it by Thursday - I'll be sure to post my first shots with it. Thanks everyone for the feedback!
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