My (3rd party) lust of the day: Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX HSM

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by ultimind, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I got the slightly older non-macro version of this lens today. I feel that for $500 shipped I got a nice deal, but with some caveats:

    Wide open at 70mm-150mm is very sharp. Definitely a winner here.

    From about 150-200mm, the sharpness is still there, but it slowly (out to the end of the lens) starts to get a little soft with a mild halo effect. This was to be expected from others who already had the lens.

    Wide open, 200mm @ Infinity is sharp. No soft halos. Hmmm? The closer to infinity, the sharper it gets.

    F5.6 at 200mm is nice and sharp. This is generally where i'm at while shooting mountain bikes and BMX.


    I haven't experienced any of the focusing problems that require "rechipping" of this lens yet. I don't have much to photograph here at work, but once I get back home, I'm going to give it a real run through.


    I'm slowly counting down the paychecks until I can go downtown and purchase the 70-200 VR. This lens is a nice filler in the meantime. The HSM focusing is wildly fast. Definitely makes this lens worth it. I tried a 80-200 F2.8 push/pull and this is definitely a whole lot faster. For $500 I wouldn't have been able to get an AF-D or AF-S 80-200 two-ring.
     
  2. kbaird

    kbaird

    131
    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    Enjoy your new lens and remember to post some photos.
     
  3. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    These are both 100% crops

    Here's the lens at 200mm F2.8:
    [​IMG]

    And here's the lens closed down to F5.6:
    [​IMG]
     
  4. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I went in the tape room and took a quick snap. 200mm @ F2.8:
    [​IMG]
     
  5. nbmro

    nbmro Guest

    Have fun with your new lens! Seems sharp enough (for me)
     
  6. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Just got back from a night of shooting with the new (used) lens... I'm affected by the dreaded focus problem. Very intermittent, but still will require a trip to New York. Anyone else have experience with Sigma's repair department?
     
  7. Congrats on the new lens :) I loved mine when I had it
     
  8. ftslogger

    ftslogger

    116
    May 4, 2007
    Charlotte
    I have the Macro Version of this lens and it seems pretty tack sharp at f/2.8
     
  9. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    After playing with it last night, I discovered that it's sharp at F2.8 out to about 135mm. If i stop it down to F3.2 or F4, it's sharp all the way out to 200mm.

    This is 120mm at F4.0: (click to enlarge)
    [​IMG]

    I also found it's really quite subjective as to whether something is sharp at 200mm wide open. Since it tends to "glow" around highlights, if I shoot something with mid to dark tones it'll come out perfectly fine.

    The focusing issues come into play only at F2.8 near the end of the lens. I'm going to head over to the local Sigma dealer tomorrow morning and check out the Macro version of the lens. I already began hitting close focus barrier. I was used to my 70-210 which focuses to ~4ft. The 4ft vs 6ft difference was bigger than I thought it would be! Better F2.8 @ 200mm performance would be nice too.

    All in all, I'm happy with my purchase, but my lust will never stop!!! The 70-200 VR is my current holy grail for this focal length, and I'm hoping to get one soon..... :biggrin: Just don't know how soon.
     
  10. weiran

    weiran

    966
    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Macro versions have a reputation for being less sharp towards 200mm, probably some form of optical compromise to have the close focusing. A good copy of the 70-200 is near enough as good as the Nikon 70-200VR as you can see on a A4 print though.
     
  11. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I just have to be careful and use a F3.2-F4 as my wide open when shooting bright subjects.

    Anything darker comes out totally clean like the shot below.

    This is 200mm, F2.8, 1/500th, ISO200:
    [​IMG]
     
  12. weiran

    weiran

    966
    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    I don't get the halos you get, although I've never looked that closely, do you have an example?
     
  13. ultimind

    ultimind

    990
    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Here's a better example (100% crop):
    [​IMG]
     
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