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

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Review Date: Jan 21, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: I cannot, at this moment give you an answer, because of issues involved. when i do recieve a good copy, then i will recommend the lens
Cons:
I cannot answer this question, at this moment in time.

I bought this sigma EX DG 70-200 f2.8 HSM APO-2 lens for one reason ONLY...(f2.8) at 200mm for Sport, and action.....I am not interested in f4, 0r f5.6......just (f2.8) and the copy i recieved last week, in australia with twelve months warranty..... at (f2.8) is rubbish, i only use two apertures for testing....f5.6...and f2.8. Yes the lens is not to bad at f5.6, and so are most lenses at f5.6. but at f2.8 it's terrible. So i have returned the lens back to CR KENNEDYS, for another copy...even the manager at CR KENNEDYS agrees....he to would not accept this lens at (f2.8)...and if copy number two is the same as number one.....that to is going back, So i will have to wait untill next week before i can check out copy number two. For the last four years, i have been useing a 33 year old manual vivitar 135mm f2.8 version three lens by komine, which is resonably sharp....at f2.8. the aperture i require. I just love taking my seven grandchildren doing sports, but as we all know, you are going to miss a very lot of photo's, that are just out of focus.....useing manual lenses. so after listening to my camera club members, and colleagues. about this Sigma 70-200 f2.8 APO flagship lens mark 2 with improved optical performances, with 3 ELD eleiments, and 2 SLD eliments, and especially the lens giving me an extra 65mm longer. How could i refuse. Besides myself, i have also read dozens of other owners whom have had similar problems, with this same lens. Cheers Edward