Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG APO MACRO HSM A-mount lens review by Tricky01
|Tricky01#7955 date: Sep-8-2010|
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|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 70-200 f2.8|
Sony 70-300 f4.5-5.6
|price paid:||699 UKP (new)|
|positive:||- Quiet AF|
- Great tripod mount
- Price vs Sony 70-200G
|negative:||- IQ nowhere near as good as Tammy|
- Price vs Tammy
|comment:||Everywhere online is the debate of Tammy or Sigma 70-200mm, so I bought both and can safely say; get the Tammy. All the reviews say the Tamron is slow noisy AF. Yes the AF is the normal noise you'd get from a non-HSM lens, but it is bloody fast on Alpha mounts and accurate with it. |
The only things going for the Sigma are it's build quality, near silent AF and a clever tripod mount. Against; not as good quality pictures, AF not much - if at all - faster than Tammy, and it's more expensive.
No brainer - get the Tammy
EDIT AS AT 22ND NOVEMBER 2010...
I wrote the above a few months ago after buying both and comparing both in the comforts of my frontroom (in hindsight not a fair test centre). Everything above is true, but the tamron just doesn't handle real life well enough. I used the lens at a party in a church hall and it hunted so bad to be irritatingly slow. When you get the shot it will be the best quality but if you intend to shoot in low light - and especially any action in low light - don't even consider the tammy. The sigma isn't as great IQ, but it will get whatever you point it at in focus. In good light, the tammy matches the Sigma for AF, but anything less than great light and you will get frustrated.