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Top Sigma lenses

MichaelVMichaelV Member
edited March 2015 in other systems
www.sigma-rumors.com just put out a poll.

If you are intent on using the cropped sensor such as the Canon 7D Mark II and have no plans on going full frame at all the Sigma 18-35mm is the lens to own.  The Sigma 35 and 50mm Art are really class leading lenses if you have a use for them.  The Sigma 24-105 is only slightly sharper than the Canon 24-105 and slightly better in low light.  If you have a Canon 24-105 I would not suggest the upgrade.  The Sigma 150-600 Sports really impressed me with its sharpness.  As long as you have enough light (this is a big big consideration), this lens is awesome.  The Sigma 85mm is an excellent alternative to the Canon 85mm 1.2 II.  Which 85mm is better?  Hmmm...I would say there are both positive and negative differences between them.  The Sigma 17-50 2.8  for the cropped sensor is the rival to the Canon 17-50 2.8 and I believe its an even match.  

The one Sigma lens which is the most useful for me is the Sigma 150-600 Sports.  200mm and 300mm is just not enough for me and what I do.  You really do need that 600mm at times especially for sporting events and very large conferences.   There is nothing out there quite like this lens.  I believe that is the one lens which you must own and the reasons will become obvious during the summer when you want to reach out and touch someone.  If I owned a crop sensor camera body most certainly the Sigma 18-35 is a no brainer.  There is nothing out there quite like it in the cropped sensor world. The primes are useful if you have a use for them and know how to use them.  I dont find myself reaching for the primes very often.  The 17-50 and 24-105 are general purpose zooms and I also dont find myself reaching for them often.  I do use the 24-105 when I cant carry around my bag of goodies.  Its a great travel lens, general purpose lens, but I try to use more specialized lenses instead of a one size fits all.  Sigma 85mm is clearly an economical alternative, but I own the Canon 85mm 1.2 II.  The Sigma 85mm vs Canon 85mm makes a great Youtube video of which one is better.  Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant...hmmmm...they both have their advantages.  The one clear advantage Sigma has is cost and ask yourself...will anyone notice which picture was taken with which 85mm?  Maybe if you have used both lenses extensively and have a trained eye you might know, but not the average Joe.

The most owned lenses appear to be the following:

#1  Sigma 35mm Art 1.4

#2  Sigma 50mm Art 1.4

#3  Sigma 18-35mm Art 1.8 (cropped sensor lens)

#4  Sigma 17-50 2.8 (cropped sensor lens)

#5  Sigma 24-105 Art

#6  Sigma 85mm 1.4

#7  Sigma 150-600 Sports

Im not certain what Sigma lenses are in the future...a really wide Sigma lens to go up against the mighty 11-22 4.0?  A 24-70 to put the Canon 24-70 II in its place?  A 135mm Art which will be so razor sharp that we can see the hair up your nose?  Oh god...  Sigma has been really vague on these issues with not a lot of helpful hints.  The most demanded lens is an image stabilized 24-70 2.8.  Such a lens I expect to be much larger and heavier than the Canon version.  Sigma doesnt seem to be shy with packing on the weight and heft so my expectation is their version of the 24-70 2.8 will be somewhere in between the Canon 24-70 and 70-200 in regards to weight and length.  So continue to do your pushups and consider a wheel-about bag if you like Sigma.
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