For my birthday this year I want a lens for my camera. The only lens I own at the moment is a 50mm which takes great photos but only if you want close ups. I want something I can take photos of Lulu doing her gymnastics or Molly in the choir. It should be an easy task right? Wrong. I have been doing research on the subject for weeks and I still haven’t decided on one particular lens.
If I was prepared to trade the car, my first born, or maybe my body I could afford exactly the lens I would like. Well maybe the body trade might be stretching reality a little but the Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, pictured below, doesn’t come cheap.
This lens would give me the focal length I need and because I would be photographing in fairly dull places it would also give me the wider aperture at f2.8. It is also a luxury model hence the L. It is the combination of these things that makes this ‘the most spectacular lens ever’ or put another way ‘a very expensive lens that I can’t justify buying at the moment’. As it is a luxury model one would think that I could save some money and go for the non-luxury model, right? Wrong, there is no non luxury version. I could buy one for half the price without the IS (image stabilisation) but I need this if I’m using the zoom to its full capacity.
So where does this leave me? Stamping my feet and bellyaching. No, I don’t do that, it’s not my style. I checked out a few alternatives.
The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 (pictured bellow), has no stabilisation but because of its cheaper price I could invest in a tripod or monopod to keep the camera still.
The Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 (pictured below) does have stabilisation.
‘That Nikon Guy’ has great advice including this video which compares the Nikon 70-200 with the Tamron and the Sigma.
I think after consideration I am going to take the plunge and get the Sigma. That Nikon Guy suggests that it can be slow to focus but I can live with that until I can afford something more substantial. Although not as good as the Canon it is a well-priced alternative that does what I want it to do.
I will let you know when I take the plunge and will share some photos.
If you can give me some advice I would be interested to hear it or perhaps you have bought the Sigma and can let me know how it performs. Don’t be shy, share your thoughts.