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  1. #1
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    New lens recommendations

    New lens recommendations
    Hi All,

    I've been shooting junior football games for a season using a d3200 and a Sigma DG 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens and getting some pretty decent results. (example below)

    New lens recommendations-dsc_0117.jpg

    I grabbed an opportunity to upgrade to a d7200 and looking for recommendations on lenses. Budget is a consideration as I do this for fun, so max is around 1k and I have been looking at the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VRII and the Sigma 70-200mm DG OS HSM Sports.

    Both are around the same price point, so wondering if I go with the quality of the older Nikkor lens or the new tech in the Sigma?

    Any advice recommendations, would be appreciated.

    Thanks


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  2. #2
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Welcome to the forum, never used those lenses so will leave that part.
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    I haven't used that particular version of the Sigma lens but did own the previous Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS version that I purchased new. I traded it in on a (then) new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRii. There was a world of difference in quality.

    The Nikon has nicer bokeh, more contrast, and hands down was sharper than the Sigma. But since I've never used the Sigma model you mentioned, I can't offer any comparisons.

    Does the Sigma connect to the dock for firmware updates? That's something you should consider. The Sigma weighs 4 pounds (based on B&H's web site) whereas the Nikon VRii weighs 3.2 pounds. If you've never used anything as heavy as either lens, then you should at least try one and see if the weight is an issue.

    If you ever decide to get a teleconverter, you'd have to go with a Sigma brand for the Sigma lens or a Kenko brand that probably wouldn't be quite as sharp. If you go with the Nikon lens, then you could get a Nikon teleconverter. Down the road, have you considered what brand lenses you might want to invest in - especially longer lenses? I'm just thinking ahead about using a teleconverter with other lenses in the future should you ever decide to go that route. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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  4. #4
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Welcome to the Forum. I hope you enjoy it here. I have not used the lenses you discuss. When I upgraded I went to the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2 and have loved it. I used it on my D7200, D700 and now in my Z6.

    I would be hard pressed to pick between the Sigma and Nikon.
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by DCooke View Post
    Hi All,

    I've been shooting junior football games for a season using a d3200 and a Sigma DG 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens and getting some pretty decent results. (example below)

    New lens recommendations-dsc_0117.jpg

    I grabbed an opportunity to upgrade to a d7200 and looking for recommendations on lenses. Budget is a consideration as I do this for fun, so max is around 1k and I have been looking at the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VRII and the Sigma 70-200mm DG OS HSM Sports.

    Both are around the same price point, so wondering if I go with the quality of the older Nikkor lens or the new tech in the Sigma?

    Any advice recommendations, would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Hello - Nice shot there

    It sounds like you are shooting for pay? If so, I recommend finding a new or used Nikon 70-200mm VR2 or current.

    If not, look at the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC The G2 costs a bit more and you are unlikely to see much of a difference. I recommend the Nikon & Tamron over the Sigma version of this focal range.
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Nice shot. I would see if you can borrow or rent the lenses, then you can determine which will work better for you.
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by DCooke View Post
    Hi All,

    I've been shooting junior football games for a season using a d3200 and a Sigma DG 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens and getting some pretty decent results. (example below)

    I grabbed an opportunity to upgrade to a d7200 and looking for recommendations on lenses. Budget is a consideration as I do this for fun, so max is around 1k and I have been looking at the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VRII and the Sigma 70-200mm DG OS HSM Sports.

    Both are around the same price point, so wondering if I go with the quality of the older Nikkor lens or the new tech in the Sigma?

    Any advice recommendations, would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    I'm confused by the nomenclature of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 you're asking about. Are you maybe referring to the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II? I ask because you say both lenses are "around the same price point". That made me stop because I couldn't think of a Nikon f/2.8 70-200mm that sold for twelve-hundred dollars. After some shopping around it looks to me that a retail-boxed version of the Nikon f/2.8G ED VR II goes for around $2,100.00, while the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, also in a retail box, is about a $1,200.00 lens. Or maybe I'm confused... There are so many f/2.8 70-200mm's out there I lost count a long time ago. I just want to be sure we're making an accurate comparison.
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  8. #8
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Thanks, I've not thought about teleconverters, definitely something to consider.

  9. #9
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    I'm confused by the nomenclature of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 you're asking about. Are you maybe referring to the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II? I ask because you say both lenses are "around the same price point". That made me stop because I couldn't think of a Nikon f/2.8 70-200mm that sold for twelve-hundred dollars. After some shopping around it looks to me that a retail-boxed version of the Nikon f/2.8G ED VR II goes for around $2,100.00, while the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, also in a retail box, is about a $1,200.00 lens. Or maybe I'm confused... There are so many f/2.8 70-200mm's out there I lost count a long time ago. I just want to be sure we're making an accurate comparison.
    Hi, thanks for this, I had the same problem identifying different versions etc, But yes to confirm it was the > 2009 VR II version, in the UK I'm looking at a immaculate used one currently selling for 1,000 maybe I've got lucky but prices seem to be around the 1k to 1.3k

  10. #10
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    Re: New lens recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by carguy View Post
    Hello - Nice shot there

    It sounds like you are shooting for pay? If so, I recommend finding a new or used Nikon 70-200mm VR2 or current.

    If not, look at the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC The G2 costs a bit more and you are unlikely to see much of a difference. I recommend the Nikon & Tamron over the Sigma version of this focal range.
    I'm still doing it for fun, and trying to improve my technique so still self funded, but something I really enjoy. I had a bad injury so havent played for a while, this keeps me involved in the game I love

    I've found a very good VR2, so as a few people have suggested I will try and arrange a visit to check it out and make sure I'm happy with the feel of it.
    Thanks/Like carguy Thanks/liked this post
     





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