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

05_03_1_
Review Date: Feb 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $763.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open Fast silent AF Handles nicely with a 7D Solid build quality Close focusing 3.3ft
Cons:
Tripod foot can get in the way of the zoom ring

I purchased the latest version of the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 and am extremely happy with it. The reason I chose the Sigma over the Canon non IS was for the closer minimum focusing distance and price. The Canon is 4.9 ft while the Sigma is 3.3 ft. That was important to me. The Canon IS is at 4.3 ft and the new IS II will be 3.9 ft . The Sigma is slightly lighter than any of the Canon's and the build quality is more than adequate for amateur use. I have yet to wear out any lens I have ever owned. The tripod foot is not an issue because I will use this lens hand held with the tripod collar off 90% of the time anyway. To zoom from 70 to 200 is a very short distance which is nice also. I have never owned any of the Canon 70-200's but did own a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR I and I prefer this lens to the Nikon I owned. Focus is spot on.

 
Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

28-300vr
Review Date: Jun 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $549.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Versatile travel lens Compact Lightweight VC IQ
Cons:
None

Not quite sure why this lens is rated so poorly. I have owned many all purpose zooms from Canon and Nikon and this is probably my favorite.
On my D700 performs quite nicely and the IQ is quite good. I am not a measurebater or shooting professionally so I am extremely happy with lens. For general purpose travel this lens is sufficient if you want to travel light.
Not much of a VR guy but found the VC to come in handy on a recent cruise. Good sharpness at 1/20 of a second.
I own a Nikon 300mm F4 afs and a 500mm afs II F4 and obviously they are better lenses but I don't want to lug them around on a vacation.
I generally don't write reviews but this lens is better than the rating here. Buy it at Amazon and if you don't like it they have a very good return policy.


 
Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6D AF

70-210
Review Date: May 28, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build, AF speed, lightness, price
Cons:
None for me

I picked up a like new D model and I am extremely happy with it. I had previously owned a 70-200 VR and the 80-200 AF-D. This is not a focal length I shoot with very often so this lens fits my needs perfectly. For the comments that this lens is too heavy try lugging around the 2.8's
IQ on my D700 is excellent. AF is as fast as any AFS lens I own. I think this makes a great travel lens and would recommend it highly.