Archive for October, 2010

A short test of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM

October 20th, 2010

The boring

I had the opportunity to take some testshots with Sigmas new 70-200mm f/2.8 OS that I wanted to share as well as my thoughts about the lens itself.

First of all I must say that I’m a big fan of some Sigma lenses – but not of Sigma in general. I love the 30mm/1.4 and the 150mm macro but I also found some “lemons” that just didn’t cut it like the 120-300/2.8.

The 70-200 OS looks highly interesting to me because it is the first non-Canon 70-200/2.8 that features an optic stabilizer as well as an ultrasonic AF motor, fits onto the EF mount and still sells for at least 20% less (give or take a few percent).

As I tested it in a shop my findings are just rough but I hope they give you an idea what this lens is like.

The lens

My first impressions were thet the build quality is highly impressive. It simply felt solid an well made unlike the Tamron 70-200/2.8 that I used for some hours a few months ago. the OS system works very good and the AF on the 40D was precise as well as decently fast. My EF 85/1.8 and 300/2.8 are faster but these lenses are widely known to be as fast as it gets.

Optically, I think, the Sigma does a really great job but doesn’t reach the levels of the new Canon 70-200/2.8 IS mkII.

For professionals or people with too much money the Canon still is THE lens to get but if I had to choose between the Canon and the Sigma plus a nice 4-day trip to Rome (or the like) the Canon woldn’t stand a chance.

The pictures

All pictures are converted with CaptureOne and not sharpened in post. For the real 100% view you might have to use the direct link (depending on your screen size).

Direct link

40D – ISO100 – 1/3200 s – f/2.8 – 91 mm

A 100% crop from the image center

40D – ISO100 – 1/1600 s – f/3.2 – 200 mm

A bit of Bokeh

40D – ISO100 – 1/320 s – f/2.8 – 97 mm

100% crop to test the OS effectivity

40D – ISO100 – 1/4 s – f/8 – 70 mm

The verdict

Would I like to have this lens? Definitively yes. It’s great in every aspect and would fit my needs.

Do I want it now? No, it still is too expensive at around 1500€ but the price keeps dropping so I will keep my eyes at it.

More from Austria

October 15th, 2010

Three from lake Millstatt at sunset

40D – ISO200 – 25 s – f/8 – 10 mm

40D – ISO100 – 0.6 s – f/8 – 10 mm

40D – ISO400 – 1/250 s – f/3.2 – 17 mm – 2 pictures manually blended

Scenic view from a rest area on the A2

40D – ISO100 – 1/100 s – f/10 – 10 mm

Aerial image of crossroads in between fields

October 13th, 2010

40D – ISO400 – 1/5000 s – f/4 – 42 mm

Snail duet

October 7th, 2010

I was just going through all the pictures from the last 2 months and found some goodies to post over the next days or weeks.

40D – ISO800 – 1/100 s – f/4 – 150 mm – tripod

A try at HDR

October 3rd, 2010

Usually I don’t like the technique of making HDR pictures but from time to time I can’t resist to use it.

40D – ISO100 – 1/50-1/3 s – f/11 – 10 mm – 3 exposures

Millstätter See

October 2nd, 2010

On the way home from my stay in Hungary I spent one night at the Millstätter See (Lake Millstadt) in Austria.

40D – ISO100 – 20 s – f/10 – 10 mm – 2 pictures stiched

40D – ISO400 – 1/250 s – f/4 – 50 mm

Taken from my car. Luckily the road was completely deserted so I could stop at the best spot.

40D – ISO100 – 1/250 s – f/5.6 – 150 mm