70-200mm f2.8, Canon V Sigma V Tamron at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon EOS Crop Sensor for HD

Canon EOS Crop Sensor for HD
APS-C sensor cameras including the 80D, 70D, 7D Mk. II, 7D, EOS M and Rebel models for HD video recording.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 22nd, 2010, 09:38 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Posts: 309
70-200mm f2.8, Canon V Sigma V Tamron

Hi guys, i searched the forums and found some info on the above but not that much.

I'm looking to get a 70-200 for my 7d, and I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on canon v sigma v tamron.

I know that canon just brought out a new version at $2000, whereas the sigma and the tamron are under $800,

I'll be using with mt 7d (and prob t2i a few times) . mostly on a tripod / mono[pd so IS is not that big a deal. its the speed that Im after (low light)

I've pretty much decided on either the sigma or tamron (sue to cost and not needing IS that much).


Any thiughts would be much appreciated.

Cheers

James
James Strange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2010, 01:44 AM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Posts: 3,445
You could always look out for a used version of the Canon 80-200mm F2.8L without IS which was discontinued about 15 years ago. Known as the 'Magic Drainpipe' this is a sharper lens than any of those you are considering.

Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8L Telephoto Zoom lense - Index Page

Canon EF 80-200mm 2.8L - f2.8 Professional Lens NO RSV - eBay (item 220634855566 end time Jul-14-10 09:02:10 PDT)
Nigel Barker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2010, 06:23 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Posts: 309
Thanks for the suggestion,

I've got a trip to NYC next week, so looking to buy from BHphoto wh I'm there. They have the canon(s) sigma and tamron in stock, just need to decide which one to buy, wont have much time to try it when I'm there, and cant afford to buy all 3, test them at home, then send 2 back.

Cheers

James
James Strange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #4
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Skellefteċ, Sweden
Posts: 7
I recently read up on this since i'm considering it myself. All three are very good and similar in performance.

The Tamron however has very good optical performance on par with Canon, and even surpasses it in some situations.. The backside of the Tamron alternative is the noisy Autofocus.

Sigma gives a better build impression but the Optical performance might not be as good (we're talking small differencies) and a very good and silent autofocus.

Tamron is the best bang for the buck if you don't care about it's noisy motor.
Christer Dahl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2010, 10:50 AM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Posts: 309
With the Tamron, is it only noisy when in auto focus?

is it silent when using manual focus?

James
James Strange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #6
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Skellefteċ, Sweden
Posts: 7
James, that's correct, that's just sound from the motor
Christer Dahl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2010, 04:26 PM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC
Posts: 203
I would look into a used Tokina 80-200/2.8 pro...
Matthias Krause is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 27th, 2010, 12:53 AM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 522
I really dig my Canon after playing with the Tamaron.

My wedding videos look great.
Kelly Langerak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 27th, 2010, 10:21 AM   #9
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Posts: 39
canon 70 - 200 f2.8

hi James.

I just bought a canon 70 -200 f2.8 and it's fab - well worth the money. the only drawback is that it's heavy. I got a second hand one for £1200 mint condition. the IS is slightly off-putting noise wise but out in the field you don't notice it when using a rode mic. but the IS makes a HUGE difference - just smooths things out movement wise. look on phil blooms website for an example of the difference with and without IS. the other alternative is the canon f4 IS which is meant to be sharper than mine - i know it's a lot lighter for sure. I think you are underestimating IS. go to calumet in glasgow and you'll be able to test the models out in person. they are all in stock.
Kathleen Little is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 27th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #10
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 522
I think you will still need IS for when it's on a Monopod.
Kelly Langerak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 27th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #11
Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 4,449
I think that 2.8 lens has to be mounted on a collar, so you'd need a rods support system too, unless you take the camera off the tripod and mount the lens which might be a hassle every time you change lenses.
Bill Pryor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 2nd, 2010, 07:50 AM   #12
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 528
I looked at all the available brands and the Canon 70-200 f2.8 .... and I bought the Canon 70 -200 f4.

I liked the lighter weight of the f4 lens. I do think that IS is an absolute must for hand-held work on this lens. I did checks to see if I can cope with f4 (all my lenses are 2.8) and the 7D with such high ISO made this possible.
Jon Braeley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 9th, 2010, 03:12 AM   #13
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Norwegian lost in California
Posts: 881
Quote:
Originally Posted by James Strange View Post
I'm looking to get a 70-200 for my 7d, and I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on canon v sigma v tamron.
Initially I got the Sigma 70-200. Since I was very happy with their 15mm that I had used for quite some time, I expected the 70-200 would be at par. However, the 70-200 didn't feel similarly well put together as the 15mm -- sure, it's built like a tank, but, for instance, the focus pull and the picture quality seemed a bit "inconsistent". So I caved and got me a Canon 70-200 IS f/2.8, which has now become my workhorse -- I'm very happy with it, (I shoot with a 5d, so keep that in mind). By the way, I got some A/B test shots lying around somewhere -- Sigma vs Canon. If anyone interested, I could always try to pull them off my backup drive at work.

-- peer
__________________
www.NoPEER.com
Peer Landa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 10th, 2010, 06:20 AM   #14
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Norwegian lost in California
Posts: 881
To quote myself:
Quote:
By the way, I got some A/B test shots lying around somewhere -- Sigma vs Canon. If anyone interested, I could always try to pull them off my backup drive at work.
Well, here's one of those side by side tests -- those are detail blowups of the outskirt (approx. 70% off), both lenses at 200mm f/2.8. Guess I don't need to tell which is which:
Attached Thumbnails
70-200mm f2.8, Canon V Sigma V Tamron-canon-vs-sigma.jpg  
__________________
www.NoPEER.com
Peer Landa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 25th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #15
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Posts: 309
Hi guys, thanks for all the advice,

I ended up getting the tamron, I've not had a proper play about with it yet, but I will over the next few weeks.

If I cant cope without IS i think I;ll sell the tamron and get the 70-200 Canon f4, cant justify the cost of the 2.8

Thanks for the advice.

James
James Strange is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon EOS Crop Sensor for HD

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:29 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network