Which lens: 70-200 Canon or Sigma

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  1. bonehunter1987

    bonehunter1987 Member

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    Hey guys,

    I am shooting on a canon 70D which i absolutely love love love! I am living in China, but i have been offered a chance to go to South Africa to work as a research assistant on a wildlife reserve.
    I have been wanting to get a 70-200 for a while now, i always wanted the canon 70-200 f2.8 IS but alas my little plastic friend cannot stretch quite that far. So my choices are between the Sigma equivilent; 70-200mm f2.8 OS or the Canon 70-200mm f4 IS. I would really like to know your opinions on what you think would be best. I like to shoot a bit of everything really, and i like to shoot outdoors at any time (this probably isn't helping you guys much hehe), so i guess versatility is good. But i also do a lot of walking, and this is where the f4 i guess would be good as it will be lighter. If i do decide to go out to africa then i will be doing a lot of wildlife photography which is something i really want to do more of anyway.

    Living in China the price ranges of the two lenses are very similar, so thats not really too much of an issue. Both lenses range from between £300-£600 depending on where and whether i buy new or 2nd.

    I am going home for Christmas soon and my brother has the canon, so i shall be playing with that for a while to see if that helps my decision.

    Any opinions are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Are the lenses you are referring to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM and the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD?. The Sigma is twice as heavy and much faster. However, if you can live with the relative slow Canon, its overall sharpness is probably superior to that of the Sigma.
     
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    Thanks for the comment, i will have a play with my brothers f4 when i go back to the UK for Christmas and see how i find it.
     
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