Sigma or Canon?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by luis_relampago, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. luis_relampago

    luis_relampago TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I am saving some money to buy a Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS, but my question has anyone here has tested or owns a Sigma 70-200 F2.8, the question is how good the quality of this glass against Canon's, because if is the same or similar I won't mind saving me 1K on that glass.
     
  2. FidelCastrovich

    FidelCastrovich TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    189
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Israel

    Look it up, the reviews are all over the Web. I own it, and i can attest to its quality. A superb piece of glass. But it's heavy and bulky. Not unlike the Canon, especially the IS version.

    And the difference is right there, of course. If you have the $$$ for the IS, go for the Canon. If it's between the Canon non-IS and the Sigma, for me the choice is clear - Sigma.
     
  3. nossie

    nossie TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    794
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    FYI The IS on the Canon is outstanding.
     
  4. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
  5. nossie

    nossie TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    794
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've been reading that Garbz and it's interesting results however they're in a lab shooting at test cards. The don't mention that the Canon is built like a tank that could almost be used under water and they don't include the use of the IS in practical situations.
    I agree that the Canon is pricey but looking at the engineering I can nearly justify it, which is easier to do if you get paid in Euros and buy in Dollars (€1=$1.46 atm woohoo, almost 50% discount)
     
  6. Big Mike

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

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,822
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Similar to most lenses in comparison to Canon L lenses...the Canon is better but how much better? Maybe 15% better...maybe 5% better. The cost however, is 50-100% higher.

    Some people are perfectly happy with the top quality 'off-brand' lenses. They are, after all, just as good or better than middle-of-the-pack Canon lenses. However, some people need that extra 10%...and even more people just really want to have the best avaliable...so they spend the extra $$$
     
  7. sabbath999

    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,696
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    This is not at any way directed at Garbz (who is an uber cool person and a big help to us around here) but I don't find lens tests in the lab useful... sure, they can tell you which lens shoots a card (or wall) or whatever better... but they don't tell you the real world info you need to know.

    Field tests are much more the thing, in my book.
     
  8. luis_relampago

    luis_relampago TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks Mike, thats what I am trying to find out, balance the output, at the end we are striving for a better shot, but for the extra 1K the Canon glass needs to be for me at least 40 to 50% better than the Sigma. Is it?
     
  9. FidelCastrovich

    FidelCastrovich TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    189
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Israel
    I don't understand why you compare the 70-200 f2.8 IS to the Sigma. Instead of the non-IS version.
    Plus, the difference is less than 1K. It's closer to $800. And if you visit B&H now, you'll find a rebate which brings the gap to ~680.
     
  10. luis_relampago

    luis_relampago TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Camarada Fidel what I am trying to find out is that if the IS alone on the canon glass worth the 1K extra? or can you get by with out it, and save the extra thousand dollars for another piece of glass.
     
  11. Big Mike

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

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,822
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    The Canon (with IS) has (at least) two advantages. One is obviously IS...but the other is that it's a Canon L lens...(as per my post above). Is that worth $1000 to some people...yes.

    The Canon 70-200 F2.8 L (non-IS) is a better direct comparison to the Sigma...and I'd guess that it's still a better lens...and of course, the price is closer.
     
  12. nossie

    nossie TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    794
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What about longevity?
    When I buy something I don't want to buy it twice because it fell apart the first time. Is the Sigma well built? Is it built like the Canon? Can it be used/worked every day and be expected not to fall apart? Maybe you don't need this sort of robustness like fancy dress shoes Vs hiking boots.
    That needs to be factored in to the price.
     

Share This Page