Sigma 70-200 EX DG MACRO

Jan 13, 2006
I recently sold my Nikon 70-200 vr because I just wasn't using it enough to justify keeping it. I analyzed my needs and decided that the only thing I used the 70-200 vr for was outdoor sports, and that I didn't need vr for that.

I replaced it with a Sigma 70-200 EX DG macro, which cost less than half of the Nikon. It still won't be one of my most used lenses, but I'll feel better not having so much "unused money" sitting around.

I got the lens yesterday and just took some quick test shots of my son watching TV. I used the SB800 straight on, no diffusion or bounce. These are all unsharpened.

Here's two shots from about 15 feet away. The first one is at f/2.8:

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A 100% crop of the f/2.8 shot:

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This one's at f/5.6:

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And a 100% crop of the f/5.6 shot:

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Then I moved about as close as I could get to check out the "macro" capability of this lens. This is at 200mm and f/5.6:

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And a 100% crop:

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I'm pleased with this lens. It's not sharp at f/2.8, but neither was my Nikon. I never shot my Nikon at f/2.8 and I won't shoot the Sigma at f/2.8 either. I haven't tried action shots yet, but it seems to snap into focus very quickly. And while the closeup capability doesn't replace a dedicated macro lens, it's very cool to be able to get that close.

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