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

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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
Cons:
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.