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Sigma 24-70 Lens Advice?
Jeff Findley, Photographer
Normal | IL | USA | Posted: 9:42 PM on 11.09.04
->> I'm wanting to purchase Sigma's 24-70 2.8 lens (82mm) for shooting basketball. I shoot Canon - does anyone have any experience with this lens before I purchase? My budget won't allow a Canon so thought this might be the best alternative. Any feedback would be appreciated, thanks!
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Kirk Irwin, Photographer
Boulder | CO | USA | Posted: 9:57 PM on 11.09.04
->> I have one, and while not a horrible lens, its also not the best. The auto focus is slow, especially as the light gets lower. And at the wide end and wide open, its a bit soft. I wouldn't recomend it for basketball, unless you can shoot at f4 or f5.6. I would highley recomen looking around and trying to find a used canon 24-70 2.8, or even a used canon 28-70 2.8. I know all about budgetary constraints, but I think in the long run you'll be happier with the canon glass. Think of it this way, save a few hundred today, but spend a whole lot more when it becomes time to upgrade. Hope this helps.
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Brian Light, Photographer
Pennsville | NJ | USA | Posted: 10:07 PM on 11.09.04
->> Ditto what Kirk said... I have it and use it. Wish I had the Canon especially in low light but overall for the price a decent lens.
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Nic Hume, Photographer, Photo Editor
Victoria | BC | Canada | Posted: 10:50 PM on 11.09.04
->> I've only got one thing to add, then I'll shut up :)

Every piece of Sigma and Tamron glass that I have *EVER* owned I have disposed of as QUICKLY as possible after realizing my mistake. After doing this a few times (and always at a monetary loss) I've learned my lesson and stick to brand-name Nikon glass...

If you buy Sigma, you'll just end up selling it at a loss later to get better glass. My advice would be to take ALL of the cash you have right now, and either buy a used Canon, which shouldn't be too hard, or if you're really keen on NEW gear, throw all your money into a GIC or stable medium-term investment, save up a bit more, then buy the Canon glass when you can afford it.

I know it probably sounds painful to do, but take it from someone who's lost a reasonable amount of money by trying to pick up cheap #$#@%^#$ instead of the real deal...

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Kelvin Ma, Student/Intern, Photographer
Evanston | IL | USA | Posted: 11:13 PM on 11.09.04
->> Jeff,

I picked up a Tokina 24-70 for a general purpose lens. Talk about your POS. The AF is slow, the focus ring is loose, but for what I got it for, which is mostly portraits, it's fine, and it only cost me 250 bucks. But 24-70 is a very tough length to shoot sports with, in my opinion.

However, on to answering your question. I prefer to shoot with a 70-200 from the corner or a 50mm from under the hoop. The problem with shooting with a 24-70 is that the optimal distance for getting action with that lens, as well as getting the most out of the zoom (which is what you're going to be paying for, right?), also happens to be right in the middle of a ref-butt hot spot (midway between the post and sideline). With a 50, you get all the under-the-hoop action (kind of tricky to deal with the lightbanks though). Sure, you could do the same thing with the 24-70, but you'd probably be hovering around the 50mm mark anyway. I think you get more out of the 70-200's zoom. With the 70-200 you can get nice and tight as well as get midcourt action, benches, crowd reac, etc. If I had a second body and a 300, then I'd be all set. But I'm poor, so I don't.

Bottom line, you can get a Canon 50 1.8 for 80 bucks. Put the money you save toward getting a Canon 70-200 2.8L.

Hope that helps.
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Jeff Findley, Photographer
Normal | IL | USA | Posted: 10:52 AM on 11.10.04
->> Thanks for all the feedback and giving me something to think about. I do have a 50mm 1.8, so maybe I'll just stick with that. I have a Sigma 70-200 that's performed reasonable for me. The Canon lens is out of my price range right now, but guess I will save the money and add to it until it is - I obviously didn't get a lot of feedback telling me to jump on the purchase!! Thanks to all for responding.
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Brian Light, Photographer
Pennsville | NJ | USA | Posted: 11:29 AM on 11.10.04
->> Jeff... just to add a bit to the confusion, I do like my Sigma 24-70 F2.8 but will shoot with my Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS over it if at all possible. If the lighting is good than the Sigma works well within reason. As you already have a Canon 50 F1.8 you are pretty well served with that at this time. I would love to have the Canon 24-70 F2.8 but I haven't shot with one yet to really answer this question around it's low light performance and am not sure if the lens would give me the same type of performance as the Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS does under the same conditions. I also still stand by the old saying of the Sigma EX line giving you 80% of what the L series lens gives but at 1/3 the cost.
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