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10-17-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
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[SOLD] Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO DG EX (older/better version)

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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO DG EX (older/better version)

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Switching to Canon for work. I purchased this lens last week from alinla. This is the older version not the Sigma HSM Macro EX DG II version. Read the reviews, this lens has a great reputation.

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How is it better than the newer HSM version?
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Every review I have read gives higher IQ ratings to the older version over the newer version. The newer version does have HSM and macro but I have read that the HSM does not focus faster than the screw drive focus system. The lens rating section on this forum has many glowing reviews on the older version.
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I have the new version, it's a dog.
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QuoteOriginally posted by akptc Quote
I have the new version, it's a dog.
I have the HSM and I am quite happy with the IQ. Here is and example with a TC.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/39197-sigma-70...ii-hsm-tc.html

or this one

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/39052-bad-hair-day.html


Can you elaborate?

I think types both can produce real good IQ.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Denis Quote
I have the HSM and I am quite happy with the IQ. Here is and example with a TC.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/39197-sigma-70...ii-hsm-tc.html

or this one

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/39052-bad-hair-day.html


Can you elaborate?

I think types both can produce real good IQ.
Mine produces extremely blurry images at 2.8 regardless of focal length. I've tried it on my K100D Super, K10D, and K20D, on a tripod, same results. I sent the K20D to Pentax to be checked for AF function - perfect, and all 3 bodies focus all other AF lenses I have perfectly well. I am taking the 70-200 to Sigma for repair but do not expect much at all as I had the same problem with another brand new Sigma and it came back "up to specs" and absolutely useless at 2.8 on any Pentax body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by akptc Quote
Mine produces extremely blurry images at 2.8 regardless of focal length. I've tried it on my K100D Super, K10D, and K20D, on a tripod, same results. I sent the K20D to Pentax to be checked for AF function - perfect, and all 3 bodies focus all other AF lenses I have perfectly well. I am taking the 70-200 to Sigma for repair but do not expect much at all as I had the same problem with another brand new Sigma and it came back "up to specs" and absolutely useless at 2.8 on any Pentax body.
Is it the same in manual focus as AF? Never use AF-C (continuous) mode at 200mm and if using a tripod turn anti-shake off. If you can not get a good image in manual focus, something is definitely wrong with this lens.
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I sympathize with you akptc. However this is probably not the place to discuss a particular bad copy of this lens, for all we know the seller's copy maybe a good copy. would be even better if he show the examples

My copy seems consistent with this forum lens review database. It's sharp wide open from 70-135mm, and only need 1 stop down f4 at 200mm to become bleeding sharp. Sigma also have an excellent reputation for customer service, though i haven't need to use it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by truonganh Quote
I sympathize with you akptc. However this is probably not the place to discuss a particular bad copy of this lens, for all we know the seller's copy maybe a good copy. would be even better if he show the examples

My copy seems consistent with this forum lens review database. It's sharp wide open from 70-135mm, and only need 1 stop down f4 at 200mm to become bleeding sharp. Sigma also have an excellent reputation for customer service, though i haven't need to use it.
I agree.

If I did not have one I would buy this one, good price and I am sure great IQ.
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QuoteOriginally posted by truonganh Quote
I sympathize with you akptc. However this is probably not the place to discuss a particular bad copy of this lens, for all we know the seller's copy maybe a good copy. would be even better if he show the examples

My copy seems consistent with this forum lens review database. It's sharp wide open from 70-135mm, and only need 1 stop down f4 at 200mm to become bleeding sharp. Sigma also have an excellent reputation for customer service, though i haven't need to use it.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to detract from the OP's lens' qualities, mine is not the same version.. I do hope I just have a bad copy, will know once the Sigma repair shop tests it..
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[QUOTE=truonganh;371076]
My copy seems consistent with this forum lens review database. It's sharp wide open from 70-135mm, and only need 1 stop down f4 at 200mm to become bleeding sharp. [QUOTE]

This is exactly how mine performs too.

Results are acceptable wide open at 200mm, but defintely nice and sharp at f4 (which is easy to stop dwon to on my k20d given the fatastic high ISO performance of this body).
 

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