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D100 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM?
Old 10-02-2003, 08:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could anyone give me any advice as to the compatibility and pros/cons of the Sigma f2.8 70-200 lens?

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Re: D100 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM?
Old 10-02-2003, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't give any insight about the D100 or other Nikon gear, but the lens works fine for my Canon gear - film and digital. Mine is good at f/2.8 and even better at f/4.0.

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Re: D100 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM?
Old 10-04-2003, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have something close: D100 and a Sigma 28-200 3.5-5.6

Not sure about the 2.8 HSM, but I find Sigmas seem to run more neutral, less warm than a Nikkor on the D100, which I prefer since you can tone the lighting.

The zoom action is smooth but a wee bit "grainier" than the zoom action on a Nikkor and it will be naturally looser (point camera down or up and lens will move), especially with Filter rings and a rubber lens hood - a potential problem if you not shooting lens level with the ground. My Nikkors don't do that.

Don't know if any of the above would apply to the 2.8, but would I trade my Sigma in? Maybe if it was my only piece of glass, but it makes a superb compliment to a Nikkor... in my case anyway.

AF same as Nikkors - twitchy at times (compared to a Canon), I think it's the body/number of focus point differences, so lens isn't the real culprit.

Hope this is at least a general help to you :-)

Oh, and compatibility - I haven't found anything yet to think it's not 100% compatible.
 
 
Re: D100 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM?
Old 10-05-2003, 09:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Randy,

I have that very lens and use it on a Fuji S2. The image quality is superb however !!!!!!!!!!!!!

On my S2, the lens will focus for about 10 seconds then I have to turn the camera off and turn it on again to get it to focus again. I dont know if this is a camera problem or a lens problem. I am inclined to think its a lens problem but it might be only on mine since about 2 years ago HACKMAN dropped it on the floor for me. I had placed it on a desk about 2 feet up in the air, Hack kicked the desk and my lens went rolling off onto the floor.....eeeeeeek.

For glamour work its fine, but this weekend I had to shoot a football game for a newspaper and it really messed me up!!!!! I am going to be calling Sigma first thing tomorrow to find out whats up and will be sending it off for repair.

Before it took its nosedive, it was perfect and works well on a Nikon F5, F10 and Nikon D1X

Hope this helps.

DP

here is an image taken with it yesterday

 
 
Re: D100 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM?
Old 10-05-2003, 06:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Randy,

I have the 70-200 2.8 Sigma and use it with the Nikon D100. Occasionaly the lens will freeze up and I'll have to turn the camera off and then back on. It seems to freeze most often in continous focus mode and with spot metering. With that said I just shoot 300 frames over the last two days and it didn't freeze up at all.

From my understanding Sigma is aware of the problem and for those lenses that freeze up Sigma will replace the chip that seems to be causing the problem free of charge. The newer lenses should be OK since they probably come with the new chip.

I'll send mine in for the fix as soon as I go into a shooting lull. I do like the lens, a great feel and very sharp. Focus is very quick and silent.

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Re: D100 & Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM?
Old 10-05-2003, 10:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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John,

Is there a tech sheet on this problem or a page online where Sigma talks about this ?

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Old 10-06-2003, 02:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This page regards Canon cameras, but I'm sure it will suffice for Nikon as well.

http://www.sigma-photo.com/html/news/Elan7.htm

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Fantastic news....
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Thanks guys,

Just got off the phone with Sigma UK and am in the process of packing my lens up right now.......

its going back, and I should have it returned in a week, I dont think there is ever a lul time in shooting so decided that I just wanted to have it done as quickly as possible.

Thanks for the info, and I guess Hackman get off lightly on this one.......

hasta.

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I've used this lens since it first came on the market and have had no problems (exept dropping it on tarmac) with it at all. It's fast, sharp and a true workhorse. I would recomend it over the original Nikon because it's cheaper and does the job just as well. If you consider buying one, you should just du so. My experience is that the D100/D1/D1X and F5 works perfect with this lens. There is one problem with the extention (1,6x) from Sigma. The quality of this is poor and seems to make the pictures unsharp, so go for the original extention if you can afford it.

I just has to add: The Sigma 70-200 gives less contrast than the original, but this is easily adjusted in Photoshop. Actually it's one of the things I like about the Sigma.
 
 
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I got my lens back from Sigma today. I have to thank Sigma UK, they are amazing. I sent it out Tuesday and got it back on Friday. They rushed it thru since I am shooting a football game tomorrow.....

I had forgot how much of a GREAT lens this is....... Because I could not really use it for more than a few shots at a time, I pretty much just had it sitting in my camera bag for the better part of 18 months without taking it out too much. When I did, I would use it till it stopped focusing and then got po'd with it and took it off. All day I have been running around with the camera and the lens making sure it works 100 %.

It does, and wow, I really forgot how quick it focus's its amazing and I cant wait till tomorrow to use my old work horse again.

Its amazing how quickly you adapt to using something else, I am so happy today !!!

Thanks for letting me know about this mod, I have my 70-200 back again !!!!!!!

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