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180 VS 70-200 2.8's SAMPLES ???

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Zachs, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    Does anyone have any wide open comparisons to the two?

    I really want to see how the OOF areas are and the sharpness/color rendition varies between the two. I'm thinking of selling my Sigma 70-200 HSM Macro and either going with the:

    80-200 AFD / AFS
    180 2.8 + 85 1.8

    I don't like the weight anymore, and if I'm getting out of PJ work, then I'll be getting out of sports (which I rarely get to shoot anyway these days even though thats what I'm mostly good at).
    I'm thinking more for weddings and events where I can't stand the weight of all that lens and camera on one shoulder. I don't mind 2 cameras since I've been carrying two cameras for the past 3 years now.

    HELP. I know its a good lens, but I want to make sure it would be worth it as I hate buying and selling.
  2. I didn't buy the AF-S 80-200 or the AF-S 70-200 VR because the Sigma 70-200/2.8 is so good. If you use the entire range frequently then I'd suggest keeping it. It's smaller and lighter than either ... I think. I sold mine and went with the 180/2.8 because I found that I tended to stay on the extremes of the 70-200. I use my 24-60/2.8 for the other end.
  3. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    I agree with Mike - let your focal length usage dictate your decision.

    Image quality/bokeh from either the 180 or the 80-200 surely won't be well represented with compressed web pics - the two lenses are simply too close in their attributes. I have (3) 180/2.8s, one of which is an Ai-S. I can see minor differences in their performance but only at 100% on-screen and peeping hard. 11x16 prints yield the same results from all three lenses.

    I'm currently carrying a Sigma 10-20, Nikon 35-70, and the 180/2.8 for a general always-have kit. Its workin' out great. Only drawback is my 70-300VR sees very little use now as I always seem to prefer the speed and portability of the 180/2.8 Nikkor. This is exactly what happened to my 80-200 Nikon... I always ended up using the 180 and finally sold the zoom.

    Again, I'd seriously base your decision on your need for the versatility of the zoom as compared to its greater bulk. Image quality is just too close to say one is better than the other.
  4. Tosh


    May 6, 2005

    I'm not sure that this is what you're looking for, but I have focus/sharpness test shots comparing my latest 180 and latest 70-200vr wide open. This is the sharpest 70/80-200 of the 6 or so that I've owned; it was new. The 180 is my first edition beater, but I never noticed any sample variation among the 3 180's that I've owned.

    Here's a jpg of the test image to give you an idea of what's there.


    Here are links to download the NEFs which have no sharpening applied.



    Beater 180:

    The only head-to-head comparisons that I have are for sharpness. Maybe someone else has done scene comparisons or color charts with these two lenses.
  5. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    Does the 180 seriously weigh as much as the sigma 70-200?? I thought it was closer in size to the 35-70...
  6. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    180 is 5.7" and 1.7 lbs.
    80-200 AF-D is 7.6" and 2.84 lbs.
    Sigma 70-200 is 7.3" and 3 lbs.

    I found a huge difference in handling and feel.
    The pull-out hood on the 180 only emphasizes the differences.
  7. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    Wow...its pretty big. Good stats btw. Now were those dimensions w/ or w/o the hood out?

    That 1.3 lbs might do it for me...
  8. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    Those lengths are without hood.
    B&H gives the specs in their lens descriptions.
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