April 17 2011 - Photo Jottings

April 17 2011


All four 70-200mm F/2.8 lenses compared, and Sony DSLR news.

I posted the final version of the 70-200mm comp using the same crops as I have in each review, but now put side-by-side to see the differences between them.  There are some random observations added at the top also.  In a nut-shell, I’d say if you’re looking for the best image quality at the best price, the Tamron would be your top pick.  The Sigma HSM II is very good in both optical and build quality, but the dreaded Sigma quality control makes me not want to recommend it.  If money is not a huge issue, the Sony easily wins, especially if you buy a good used copy.  The Sigma OS isn’t all that great, and is too much money in my opinion.

Paul from Canada pointed out Sonystyle.ca has no APS-C DSLRs listed on the site, the only mirrored cameras are the full frame A900/A850.  Apparently, the end has come for traditional APS-C cameras from Sony, at least in Canada! I’m guessing the tragedy in Japan and the continuing manufacturing problems has Sony reassessing product priorities, and only the newer stuff will be advanced.

Click for 70-200mm comparison page
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