SIGMA 70-200 2.8 Sports REVIEW vs Canon 70-200 2.8L IS III (Is the CHEAPER Lens Better?)


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This is a review of the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS HSM Sports lens. I decided to put it against the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS III to see which did better in the real world. I took both lenses out to a college basketball game along with two different Canon bodies. I used the Canon EOS R with EF adapter and the Canon 6D MARK II. Which lens did better, the $1,499 one of the $2,099 one?

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SIGMA 70-200 2.8 SPORT Review vs Canon 70-200 2.8 IS III (Is the CHEAPER Lens Better?)


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  2. hello JP, have you ever came across a very subtle focus shifting forward when adapting the sigma 70200 sport (firmware 1.01) on EosR(firmware 1.6.0) and focusing with the vertical middle, horizonal rightest point(when comparing to the vertical middle but horizonal leftest) ?

  3. Try selling a 3 year old Sigma. When I sold my 4 year old Canon, I got every penny I paid with no dickering. I took great care of it, through hundreds of thousands of clicks.

  4. I can tell the canon is teeny tiny slightly sharper but with the price difference, its a no brainer to go for the sigma if you're on a tighter budget

    But i did found a used canon 70-200mm 2.8 with the same exact price with the sigma. In this case, should i go for the brand new sigma or a used canon?

  5. you didn't talk about lens breathing, in general canon lens is exactly 200mm but tamron G2 is 170mm due to focus breathing and sigma sports is 190mm. The price difference visible in focus breathing.

  6. My school has the rf. It was so hard to use coming from my sigma contemporary os hsm sld 70-300 1:4-5.6 and d3500

  7. Jared I'm trying to decide between the sigma 70-200 f2.8 or a used Nikon VRII I'm shooting with Nikon D750's what are your thoughts?

  8. Sigma is killing it. Looks better too. Besides it looks that you could use it to smash the other too to smithereens.

  9. Great review Jared. I'm currently in the market for the canon 70-200 but I plan to buy a used lens. There is a lot of pretty good deals out there for around $1100 bucks. Keep up the great reviews!

  10. you only forgot one thing Mr. Polin….. Resale value. nobody will pay good money for a used Suzuki when theres a Harley Davidson available. i and ii lenses still bring great money. Im not sure a Sigma will do that 10-15yrs down the road.

  11. Can you get the Sigma lens for Sony Full Frame cameras? I'm looking at investing in the A7III to get back into photography mainly for sports.

  12. Still waiting for the test of the Nikon Version.
    But I think you won’t make one because you sold all your Nikon gear. 🙁

  13. Hello Jared
    I have a Nikon Z6 with the FTZ adapter. Will the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 sport fit into the adaptor without losing any functionality. Please advice. Thanks.

  14. My experience: no no and no lens can be compared to canon ones!
    I spent lots of money on third party lenses😓

  15. I just bought the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 sports for my Eos R but I notice that the High Continuous Speed photo mode isn't available, Would that be a problem to think about getting it back and buy the Canon mk3 version?

  16. No editing at all? Wow.
    White balance? Vibrance? HSL?
    Nice pics. I've been curious about the EOS R in this type of setting (indoor sports). Thanks, i already have the Canon lens, just need the camera now.

  17. OK Canon 70-200 Version 2 or Sigma Art Sport.. they are both the exact same price right now if I was to buy one today. Which one is better? All around better lens?

  18. Kilos used to be about 12,500. That was back in the day. Today's kilo prices are upwards of 22000 to 25000.. let me know if you need anything I can get you the homeboy hookup

  19. At Double the price I'm sure the Canon is better. When testing the Canon 24-70 F2.8 VS Sigma Art 24-70 F2.8…. the sigma was way softer in multiple images as well as the color wasn't on par with the Canon straight out of lens… so you can get a brand new Sigma lens where you can get a used Canon for around the same price whether it's 24-70 or 70-100

  20. Jared – Awesome video, as usual. I have an EOS R with the EF adapter. I'm looking at getting the Sigma 70-200 with the 2x extender. Any concerns for image quality with all this on the camera at once?

  21. What if I got a cheap new body only canon EOS 2000. Could I use old SLR vintage lenses, good stuff old f2.8mm stuff. If the optics are not scratched surely I will take way better still images than, an expensive body with average VR 3.5 to 5.6 kit pack and 75mm to 300mm set up. It just means I will have to go old school learning manual focus and manual settings sports or landscape photography style..

  22. Sigma has closed the difference with the best 70-200mm in sharpness, focus speed and accuracy, build quality and absence of focus breathing.

    However, Canon weights much less and usually has better light transmission.

    Still, a very impressive product by Sigma. One could a new Sigma for what used second generation Canon costs.

    If they keep their focus on quality, Sigma will have even much more success.

  23. Hey
    You haven't done a comparison between this sigma lens and Nikon 70-200 2.8G yet, have you?
    I really looking forward to it

  24. Great review – I've got an EOS R and I'm trying to decide between these exact lenses. Sigma takes it

  25. What about focus breathing? Canon doesn’t have it. Not a big deal for sports, but huge consideration for portraits.

  26. This has helped me a great deal in my choice of lenses. Thank you. I have the Canon 6D MK II, and plan to purchase the Sigma 7–200 F2.8 as I see no drawbacks between the Canon and the Sigma, and the Sigma is much less expensive.

  27. How does this new Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 DG OS HSM | S compare to the ~10 year old Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM? Are the results comparatively that it's worth it to save more for the newer one?

  28. I shoot youth sports. Purchased 2-70-200 2.8 Sigmas @ $500-$600 used. See no need to buy Canon at 2X the cost. Used lenses make sense. Unlike a DSLR used lenses do not electronics that wear out. Have had both lenses for 2 and 4 yrs.

  29. One little thing you didn’t touch on but I think makes a difference… all of these cameras nailed the skin tone on these players. Yes darker skin is tougher to shoot but I’m willing to bet you didn’t do any EV adjustments. Both lenses and cameras handled it very well. All of your other points are solid and it does matter that you can flat out shoot. In the hands of a newbie they may see the difference with the weight and handling of the Sigma vs. the Canon. Plus the psychological effect of spending $2k on a lens makes it seem to perform better overall. Your review cut right though that. Great vid!


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