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  1. #1
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    Feb 2009
    Herndon VA USA

    Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 vs Olympus 50-200 2.8-3.5

    Anyone used this ??

    i know we had a discussion about this earlier but i am curious if the olympus was a better lens, i have read some forums and some have said the oly was better over sigma, although i am very much inclined towards the sigma for price and aperture, i have a 50-200 availible used here in my area for 700$ which is not a bad price.

    sorry for picking your brains

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    Senior Shooter Greg McCary's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Rome Ga.

    Re: Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 vs Olympus 50-200 2.8-3.5

    I found a review of the lens. Sigma makes great glass. I have never used Sigma but some of the pictures I have seen i am impressed.
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    Aug 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Re: Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 vs Olympus 50-200 2.8-3.5

    The only advantage I can see is that the sigma is f2.8 all the way through to 200 where the only lens move up a third stop.

    I use the sigma 70-200 f2.8 ans I find that if I can stay away from max aperture and max focal length that there is consistant sharpness in the images. When shooting wide open I find there is a constant softness but I love the lok and feel of the images from this lens no matter what.

    Here's a sample of what I mean about the softness

    Granted this is f2.8 at "ISO 800 so there's a bit more noise... but the image just is not as crisp as I would like.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 vs Olympus 50-200 2.8-3.5-richmond-1.jpg  
    Shooting with an Olympus Evolt E-510 and loving it

    Equipment list:
    Olympus Evolt E-3, E-620, E-500
    Olympus Zuiko 40 - 150 F4.0 - 5.6
    Olympus Zuiko 14 - 45 F 2.8 - 3.6
    Sigma 50 - 500 F 4.0 - 6.3
    Sigma 70 - 200 F2.8
    Olympus FL-38 Flash x2
    Vivitar 285 HV
    Better Beamer Flash Extender


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    Member Atomic2's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    Chicago Il

    Re: Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 vs Olympus 50-200 2.8-3.5

    I was the one who started the discussion on this matter a LONG time ago, and have yet to make up my mind!

    Jaedon, can you tell me if the images at 200mm F3.5 are sharp?
    E-3, E-510
    12-60 2.8-4.0
    40-150 3.5-4.5
    Sigma 30 1.4
    Zenit 58 F2 [with M42 adapter]
    Metz 48

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