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Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG HSM    v    Nikon 80-200 f2.8 AF ED

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Sigma                                                    Nikon

Sigma 70_200 2_8 DG__MG_5268 200 2_8 ctr mk2 Nikon 80_200 _DSC5606 200 2_8 ctr

200 f 2.8                                  Centre                              200mm f 2.8

Sigma 70 200 EX DG 2_8  _MG_5269 200 2_8 corner02 Nikon 80_200  _DSC5607 200 2_8 corner

200 f 2.8                                  Corner                              200mm f 2.8

Sigma 70 200 EX DG 2_8  _MG_5270 200 5_6 ctr mk2 Nikon 80_200 _DSC5614 200 5_6 ctr

200 f 5.6                                  Centre                               200 f5.6  

Sigma 70 200 EX DG 2_8  _MG_5271 200 5_6 corner02 Nikon 80_200 _DSC5615 200 5_6 corner

200 f 5.6                                  Corner                                 200 f5.6

Conclusion

It’s really close - I’d say the Nikon wins at full aperture, but the Sigma’s better stopped down. There’s really nothing in it so I’ll let you make up your own mind which is better overall.

Too close to call

Notes

The Sigma lens was tested on a Canon 20D 8mp body, the Nikon on a 6mp D70. The Nikon is the original push / pull version of the 80-200 2.8 AF ED so , yes, I realise against a brand new Sigma, on a camera with 2 million more pixels, that’s a bit unfair. Maybe on other bodies the result might be different, but I don’t think so. The fact is both are cracking lenses - both are winners.

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