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Help me make a decision !

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by equetefue, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. equetefue


    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    trying to decide which is the better buy.

    Nikon 80-200 f2.8 AF-D


    Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM

    HELP !
  2. I was faced with the same decision a while back. I ultimately settled on the 80-200 Nikon 2-ring version. The Sigma, with HSM, is probably a faster focuser but I managed fine with my 80-200. As for quality, the Nikon is a killer. Shots extremely sharp and pleasing to the eye. Sigma, from what I've heard from others who own it, sometimes has a slight color cast. May not be a big issue for you though.

    I don't regret for a minute my decision going with the Nikon. I just recently got the 70-200VR and am debating if I want to keep the 80-200, since it's that good, or sell it.
  3. equetefue


    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    which is the 2 ring version ?
  4. This is the 2-ring version here.

    There was an older version that was a push-pull type and there was also a 2-ring version that was AF-S. The newest model is not AF-S.
  5. The Sigma has a number of fans, and, though I've never used one, I've seen great shots from it, and it's assuredly a fine lens. My experience has been with the Nikon 80-200/2.8 (2 ring version), and I've enjoyed it enormously since upgrading from the 70-300 AFD. I use it (sometimes with a Kenko 1.4X teleconverter) for my nature shots...

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    and also for my hummingbird pictures.

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    It's also useful for sports, but it really excels at people pictures, both posed and candids.

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    It's quite a lens... versatile, and sharp from tip to tip across its aperture and zoom range. If you decide to buy one, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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