9 out of 10 points and recommendedGood length, DX formated, F2.8, Good qualityHeavy
This is not a bad lens and I love the 50-150mm range....unless you desire a bit more reach.......so I found a very good used copy of a Nikokn 80-200 AF F2.8 two ring and boy do I love it.reviewed August 12th, 2014 (purchased for $1,009)
To compare the two I give a slight edge to the Nikon for image quality and build quality but I'm not going to knock the Sigma at all. It's a good lens albeit heavy thanks to the HSM motor and it has OS as well.
I'm happy to have both although the Sigma is for sale on Amazon currently.....for the moment anyway. I listed it once before and removed it cause I hated to part with it and before the ink dries on this review, I'll probably remove it again.
Get this lens if you want it for your DX camera. You won't be dissapointed.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat build quality, Light weight, Sharp images, Excellent bokehNone
So I purchased a used copy of this during the time I was testing one from BorrowLens.com and had a chance to compare the image quality of both.reviewed August 12th, 2014 (purchased for $525)
The rental was clear and the used copy was hazy so after purchase, I sent the used copy ( which was flawless cosmetically ) to Nikon and had it refurbished and haven't been dissapointed at all. I essentially paid for a new lens.
I love this lens. I love the fact that is an F2.8 prime, built like a tank and it take excellent pictures.
It's a feather compared to my Sigma 50-150 OS and my Nikon 80-200 AF F/2.8.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedFocal Length, build, image quality
One of my favorite. I love the focal length, even on my D7000. The defocus control seems pretty subtle, but it makes the lens special and I hope to hang on to this one for a life time.reviewed August 22nd, 2014
I often wonder how the price will be affected for used copies once the lens is no longer in production. Guess I'll find out soon enough.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedBuild, Image quality,Nothing for me, VR for others
I wanted an F2.8 at the 200 mm range and tested the AFS version of the 80-200. The AFS was a bit heavier and about 300.00 more expensive than the used AF-D copy I purchased.reviewed August 28th, 2014 (purchased for $675)
This a great lens. I don't make a living taking photos so a new 80-200 F2.8 or 70-200 F2.8 wasn't in the cards for me. Plus the copy I purchased was in excellent condition and after renting it for a weekend I had to buy it. I am very happy with the purchase. Sorry I can't be more technical about the lens than this, but if you find a used copy at an affordable price and your in the market, you should get one.
The image quality is impressive all around and I love the background blur at F2.8.
I'm sure I'll be using it for a very long time.