Sigma 120-300 vs Nikon 70-200

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Does anyone have the above two lenses? Care to share how do they compare?

Im interested in
1) IQ
2) Focus speed
3) Any other things worth noting

Thanks in advance!
 
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The sigma's much better in the range 200-300, otherwise the 70-200 wins on IQ and focus speed by maybe 5-10%
 
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Thanks for the quick replies. Are there any other zoom lenses that I should look at that will let me get to 300mm?
 
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The Sigma 120-300 is a very good lens for sports, (F/2.8 a must) - I've just sold mine but it did a great job for me, but, the Nikon 70-200 VR is one of the great lenses so not a fair comparison. The Sigma will outperform most other zooms or non-pro grade Nikon lenses or 3rd party lenses in my opinion.
 
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Echo what Darren says, I have both...I used to use a TC1.7 w/ the 70-200, (the TC20 isn't recommended) and while I still wish I could swing a Nikon 300f2.8, the Siggy does very well. I do like the flexibility of the zoom...
 
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Does anyone have the above two lenses? Care to share how do they compare?

Im interested in
1) IQ
2) Focus speed
3) Any other things worth noting

Thanks in advance!
not a fair comparison
the sig is a good lens the nikon is a pro lens
AF speed is the same, hsm works very well
IQ is close except at 2.8, where the nikon wins big
 
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I currently have the Sigma, and had an 80-200 AFS prior to that, which was the precursor to the 70-200. Autofocus is just about the same. I'd give the nod in sharpness to the Nikon, but I just love the flexibility of the Sigma paired with its two TC's. I have shot the Sigma quite a bit handheld and have gotten decent results at 1/1000 and above.

I really prefer wildlife and sports and needed some more length while still wanting to stay with a zoom.

Another option could be the Sigma 100-300, but that's an f4.

I found a great deal on my Sigma and TC's for around $2000 here on the Cafe.

Here are two shots of the Sigma with the 1.4TC at 300 and f4:

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