Nikon 70-200mm VR1 OR Sigma 70-200mm HSM OS
I cannot seem to find information of these 2 lenses in side by side comparison on the net and wanted to seek a different avenue here on Nikonians. If someone has had experience in both of these 2 lenses to give a general critique would be great. Or a direct link would be ok as well. Nothing detailed as far as CA, Fringing, Vignetting etc. is concerned. The following facts acknowledged are: Faster focusing, Sharper, brighter, More vivid coloring, Better OS. These facts above would pretty much sum it up for me if one knew. Hoping to hear from you here on this forum. Thanks all. Edited to remove e-mail address.
#1. "RE: Nikon 70-200mm VR1 OR Sigma 70-200mm HSM OS" | In response to Reply # 0icslowmo Registered since 01st Jan 2012Sat 15-Sep-12 01:33 AM | edited Sat 15-Sep-12 01:34 AM by icslowmo
Here is a review site that has them both tested on the same body (D3X):
I would get the Nikon version for the weather sealing alone as both tend to be around the same price.... Also the Nikon seems to be a little sharper compared to the Sigma... Also the Nikon 70-200's are known to be very fast with focusing... I have the VRII version and love it. Hope this helps you out.
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#2. "RE: Nikon 70-200mm VR1 OR Sigma 70-200mm HSM OS" | In response to Reply # 1DavidHarsay Registered since 09th Sep 2012Mon 17-Sep-12 01:22 PM | edited Mon 17-Sep-12 01:25 PM by DavidHarsay
I have the Nikon VR-1 on the D700, and I can't imagine why I would switch to a Sigma version. Depends on what's important to you. You may not be able to find a new VR-1, but there are plenty of nice used ones for sale, and they hold their value.
If there was a big price difference (I don't think there is any)... and if I ran a photography school or if I had a staff of reporters, I may save some money with pallet of Sigma lenses, which are pretty darn good. But I would loose out when it came time to re-sell.
I don't have any CA on the fringes like I did with the 70-300.
If I turn off vignette control on the D700, you can notice a little bit at 200mm, but none with a TC... and with a good Nikkor TC it's always sharp edge to edge.
The VR-1 so super sharp in the center that it may seem a little soft in the corners to some, but I'm not convinced that it can be noticed except for tight corner crops from 200mm images, and only at f/2.8. The VR-2 is very sharp corner to corner, and so is the VR-1 with a Nikkor TCII such as the 1.4 or 1.7 or 2.0.
I have considered the VR-2, but the $600 difference isn't there. I can probably fit a VR-2 with a TC on the body in my gear bag, but the VR-1 is a little bit longer, so I can't.
For any aftermarket non-OEM lenses, always make sure that the particular serial number of the Sigma lens is compatible with the new cameras (if it was manufactured before a D7000 it will not work properly for example), and we're usually forced to buy used because they don't hold their value.
The Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 is my favorite lens. Beautiful pictures, much better than real life.
#3. "RE: Nikon 70-200mm VR1 OR Sigma 70-200mm HSM OS" | In response to Reply # 2briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Mon 17-Sep-12 01:27 PM
>For any aftermarket non-OEM lenses, always make sure that the
>particular serial number of the Sigma lens is compatible with
>the new cameras (if it was manufactured before a D7000 it will
>not work properly for example)...
That's useful advice - though Sigma are usually good at offering a chip upgrade service (which can be free) when a lens model becomes incompatible with a newer camera.