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Sigma 70-200 HSM II first shots
Posted By: OrenMc, 08-01-2009, 06:52 PM

The first two are @ 200mm f2.8 just to see if I had a problem. You be the judge.

No sharpening, just a little color cor. and slight crop. Full res @ Flickr





These next ones are downsized and sharpened. Various distance and aperture.











Okay, I'm done. Sorry about the overload.

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08-01-2009, 08:49 PM   #2
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Nice shots! Looks like the lens is a keeper.
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You are going to like this one as much of your 100-300. Feels a little light compared to the other one right? JIM
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These are just razor sharp for 200mm at f/2.8.
Very fortunate to have such a great lens!

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Same as mine, I don't know why some people think this not a great lens for the money. I enjoy mine very much and you will. Nice photos.
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Many of the reviews give it relatively mediocre resolution results, esp. at f/2.8-4, but I suppose it's the real life images that it produces that matters more.

Although, when it counts under low-light situations, that's probably the real test of the lens...
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Thanks all for the comments. I'm going to take it out again today. I have never really tried doing fast action shots like these. It was fun!

Mile High, thank you and I sure hope so.

Jimbo, it looks just like a little mini-me of my 100-300 and yes a little bit lighter. My 100-300 isn't HSM model but its focus is still very fast and accurate.

Dennis, compared to the other camps offerings the price is great for a lens like this.

Ash, I will see what I can do in the low light area today when I am out. I am curious also

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These shots look crisp to me. I particularly liek the realistic and natural tone of the volleyball players. I sometimes wonder what people do to images before postings, as some images clearly look extra bright and sharp, and I have yet to produce such results out of the camera without PP at any aperture. I mainly use the 16-45. I seldom sharpen as the bokeh becomes corrupted and loses its magic.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JMR Quote
These shots look crisp to me. I particularly liek the realistic and natural tone of the volleyball players. I sometimes wonder what people do to images before postings, as some images clearly look extra bright and sharp, and I have yet to produce such results out of the camera without PP at any aperture. I mainly use the 16-45. I seldom sharpen as the bokeh becomes corrupted and loses its magic.

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Edit: I should have added first JMR that I don't really undersatnd this statement. You post fairly often and the images you do look very good to me.

All of the photos have had a little color correction in PP although most were not necessary. As I said, the first three are at 200mm F2.8 the rest are not. I usually do sharpen when I downsize photos for the web. Turning a photo into a 800x600 really has an effect. I shoot Raw+ ( don't ask me why) and the jpeg ( around 3mp) straight from the camera look excellent. I think the camera does a better job of processing than I do a lot of the time.
The first three have full resolution on my Flickr site in signature. They surely are not tac sharp but at focus area I will not complain.
I am still a not sure about the HSM. It does seem to focus fairly quick and quiet but my 100-300 with no HSM is just as fast I think or close to it.

Overall, I am very impressed with the lens. I do account for user error especialy since this was my first go with it. As I say in my siganture "Alway with a grain of salt". I have been shooting for only around 1 1/2 years so I hate coming off like I know anything.

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Phenomenal rendering...wow!
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NOOOO!!! Stop this Sigma temptation! First I see shots of the f/1.4 and want one, now this!

Looks like a superb lens, much more flexible over the DA* 200mm by being a zoom. For f/2.8, the colour, sharpness and contrast as absolutely superb.

I'm very please with my two Sigma lenses to date, this looks like another top rate lens.
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Wouldn't trade mine for anything and these photos show why. I've easily taken 15,000 images with mine (a lot has been paid work) and can attest to the build quality holding up over time.

In fact I'm going to get a second one as a spare. I'd really like a DA* version for the WS but I just think the 50-135mm is too short for my style of shooting.
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Wouldn't trade mine for anything and these photos show why. I've easily taken 15,000 images with mine (a lot has been paid work) and can attest to the build quality holding up over time.

In fact I'm going to get a second one as a spare. I'd really like a DA* version for the WS but I just think the 50-135mm is too short for my style of shooting.
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Totally agree with Peter. I am getting the 100-300 next and from what I heard it is as good as the 70-200, which never leaves my bag. JIM
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Thank you pcarfan, hope this helps.

QuoteOriginally posted by Big G Quote
NOOOO!!! Stop this Sigma temptation! First I see shots of the f/1.4 and want one, now this!
I'm very please with my two Sigma lenses to date, this looks like another top rate lens.
I know how ya feel, I also just got the Sigma 70 macro and I have no complaint about any of them.

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Wouldn't trade mine for anything and these photos show why. I've easily taken 15,000 images with mine (a lot has been paid work) and can attest to the build quality holding up over time.

In fact I'm going to get a second one as a spare. I'd really like a DA* version for the WS but I just think the 50-135mm is too short for my style of shooting.
Make a DA* version with WS and I would be in love for sure. I hard choice between this and the 50-135, and feel it would be too short also.

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Totally agree with Peter. I am getting the 100-300 next and from what I heard it is as good as the 70-200, which never leaves my bag. JIM

I haven't had the 70-200 long enough to say too much but the 100-300 is going to be hard to beat. You will be very happy with your choice.
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That's crazy sharp for 2.8... my copy is nowhere near that good, or maybe I just need to do BF/FF testing on it.

Anyway, congrats!
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