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Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: Jan 8, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $890.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, quick and silent AF, very smooth focus and zoom rings, sharp images across all apertures, price
Besides the lens' weight, which really is to be expected, none come to mind.

I've been very favorably impressed with this lens. I shoot a lot of sports and have had very good success shooting hand-held indoors; as well as out. I've captured very sharp images from f/2.8 and smaller at all focal lengths.

I considered the Sigma 50-500mm, but decided to purchase the 70-200mm and a Sigma APO 2X teleconverter. I've been very happy with that combination. The 70-200 is perfect for most of my shooting, but the teleconverter provides the extra reach I want when shooting nature in the field. I've experienced only minimal drop-off in image sharpness when using the teleconverter.

The lens is very well built, with very smooth AF and zooming. It's built like a tank.