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08-02-2011, 09:04 PM   #1
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DA*50-135 or Sigma 70-200 2.8 HSM OS?

I do a lot of sports photography (hockey and soccer) I've been using the DA*50-135 which is a great lens, but am thinking I need more reach. So....I've been looking at getting the new Sigma 70-200 2.8 HSM OS (not macro version) I'm wondering how these lenses compare. Is the optical quality there in the Sigma?

08-02-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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Why don't you consider the DA*200mm f2.8 ? i saw some great shots of indoor volleyball at DPR and other sport shots in this forum, all taken with the DA*200mm. Very impressive.

If you do not need more than 200mm, it could be what you need.

Hope that the comment will help....

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I have both the DA*50-135 and the Sigma HSM II 70-200/2.8 non OS version.

The 50-135 is a fantastic lens (main reason I haven't sold it after buying the Sigma 70-200). It has several things going for it - superb optics for a zoom, relatively compact size, lighter weight. The cons are a bit slower autofocus, and lack of reach. Lack of reach is usually not a problem if you are shooting indoor sports.

The Sigma version I have has much faster focusing, but is not as good optically as the 50-135, also does not have weathersealing. The OS version is better optically than the HSM II version, so you may find it to be nearly as good as the 50-135 optically. However the Sigmas are larger than the 50-135 and quite a bit heavier.

Bottomline is, if you are after best picture quality, weathersealing, compact size and lightweight go for 50-135.
If you really feel the lack of reach and also need fast autofocus go the Sigma.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
Why don't you consider the DA*200mm f2.8 ? i saw some great shots of indoor volleyball at DPR and other sport shots in this forum, all taken with the DA*200mm. Very impressive.

If you do not need more than 200mm, it could be what you need.

Hope that the comment will help....
Hadn't actually thought of that one. I'm a bit leery about the SDM (as my 50-135 is getting it's 2nd repair done) But it's definitely something to think about.

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I say get a 200mm f2.8 or a 300mm f4.
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I'd say there would be times when 200mm would be too long if shooting indoors. When you get a shooting space, you usually can't move from it, so zooming with your feet is usually not an option. A zoom would be more realistic in these situations.
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FYI I ordered the DA*200mm and tried it out for a soccer game. I definitely missed having a zoom in those situations. Plus, and who would've guessed it....the SDM seemed to be hit and miss. Most of the time, it was pretty quick (quicker than my 50-135) , but then at one point, it wouldn't focus at all. A few minutes later it started to focus again, but slower. SO....back it went to the store! I might try the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS(non macro) next. Thanks for your input everyone!
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So how did this lens choice pan out?

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I ended up getting the Pentax 60-250. I LOVE it! Tried the sigma, and it just wasn't Pentax....
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