Sigma 70-200 2.8 vs Canon 70-200 f/4L

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  1. benstewart

    benstewart TPF Noob!

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    I am about to take the dive. As I stated previously, I started an internship with a local newspaper, but they do not provide gear for me and the pro I follow shoots Nikon while I shoot a Canon Digital Rebel XT.

    What I shoot:
    Indoor hockey with decent light. I shot with a Tamron 28-300, mostly with a 4-5.6 aperture and after some color adjustment, they look fine - I just needed a faster shutter speed. Nothing pro here. Middle school, high school sports tops.

    Indoor events with better light. I plan on purchasing an addition wide angle too.

    I shoot with a monopod and have steady hands. No IS necessary.

    Which of these two, unless you want to suggest MORE, which I would be happy too look at, would be better for a college student with a part-time job.

    http://www.sigma4less.com/sess/utn;...ofocus+Lens+for+Canon+EOS+=28SG70200F28DCA=29
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...s&Q=&sku=183198&is=USA&addedTroughType=search

    I'm not sure where to find the Canon.
     
  2. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    I have never used the Sigma, but have had the opportunity to shoot with the 70-200 f/4L. It’s not as big of a lens as you might think, so it feels OK on a Rebel instead of excruciating like a 70-200 f/2.8L would if you’ve got big hands. It would be much better balanced on a D30/60 or 10/20/30D, but oh well. The images off the Rebel were very good (of course). I was a bit disappointed with the clarity at f/4, my Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 is much sharper at f/2.8 than the L is at 4. I think it could have been the sample though. Because it’s a school lens, so it’s seen better days. It handles real nice, the zoom ring on the one I tried felt way to loose for my tastes, but at least it was smooth. The SWM on it is pretty quick and should do continuous shooting pretty well for sports on a Rebel. I’d go to a local pro shop, use both, look at the full size images on one of their computers and make your decision there. Almost all pro supply shops that I’ve been to have the same prices as B&H w/o shipping costs, so don’t be afraid to buy one there.
     
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    I have the Sigma 2.8 and am happy with it. Couldn't justify the price and need maximum versatility with lighting conditions. Would have had a the Canon 2.8L IS if I won lotto.
     
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    The f/4 is much lighter but the extra stop in speed on the 2.8 comes in handy more often than one may think.
     
  5. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    College student with a part time job? Go with the cheapest lens ( Canon ) since you also said you normally shoot between f4-5.6. You can't go wrong as both are fine lenses. After you graduate, sell it and go over the edge and get that Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM or whatever is the rage of the time.

    When I was a college student with a full time job, I borrowed my father's camera for 5 years and borrowed as much stuff as I can. I was perfectly fine.. afterall I was (and still not) a pro.
     
  6. benstewart

    benstewart TPF Noob!

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    usayit: Which college did you attend?

    By the way, I would work full-time, but I am also a commuter, thus no time.

    Thanks for your advice everyone. My hockey shots at f/4 turned out pretty good.
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    From what I've heard...the Canon 70-200 F4 L is on of the best performing (sharpness, contrast etc.) zoom lenses avaliable...many say it's sharper than the F2.8 version.

    Of course, it's obvious that F2.8 is better than F4 when shooting sports, especially indoor sports.

    One thing to consider, is that you can always turn up the ISO of the camera, to increase the shutter speed. Sure that will give you more noise...but if you work out a good noise reduction workflow (Neat Image or Noise Ninja etc.)...then you can probably get by with using ISO 800 all the time.
     
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    Thanks, Mike.

    I actually shot some outdoor, partially lit sports two nights last week. I froze my #@$ off, but shot at 1600 with some seriously nice results. Unfortunately, the Tamron is certainly not built like a Canon tank.

    Of course, I have the flash for indoor moments when no one cares about being temporarily blinded.
     
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    The question basically becomes 2.8 or 4? The Canon is certainly sharper than the Sigma (it's even sharper than most Canon L telephotos).

    I would suggest you give a look at the EF-200/2.8 prime. It is cheaper than both lenses you mention, sharper than the Sigma and equal to the 70-200/4, will give you your 200mm reach, will give you your extra f stop and will even give you 320 or 400mm with an extender. The Canon 1.4x won't really hurt it's sharpness and with the 2x extender it will become a 400/5.6 with good performance.

    I guess it all depends on how well you are geared bellow 200mm
     
  10. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I am a Texas Aggie... Worked full time as an engineer in Dallas every other semester. When at school, I also worked full time in the computer lab and kept a full load of classes. The idea was to graduate with zero debt.
     
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    benstewart TPF Noob!

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    Sigma won.
     
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    2.8 or 4? I'm pondering this question myself right now. What tipped the scales for you? How heavy is the Sigma?

    Thanks!
     

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