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February 21, 2010

New Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 (EX DG HSM OS) now with stabilization (CMNPS)

We continue Sigma's solid new lens five-pack with the two big guns, starting with the 70-200mm f2.8 lens that now adds optical image stabilization. Their current version does not have OS, so that gave photographers an "excuse" to be tempted with the much more expensive Canon and Nikon versions. But now that the new Sigma is stabilized, things could get interesting - pending reviews, comparisons, tests and such!

The formal name is Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM. Despite the airtime they are giving the new FLD technology, thankfully they resisted adding it to the lens name. It's a railroad already :) This is a 35mm full frame lens.

The good news is that this lens is also available in all five traditional SLR mounts, which means Sony and Pentax users can chose whether to use sensor-shift or optical stabilization. Canon and Nikon users could have a more affordable alternative to their "house" IS/VR options, which currently cost more than twice as much as the current non-OS Sigma, which currently goes for around $800. So the optimists can assume this is the price-bottom for the OS version :)

Further Reading
+ Fotopolis (MFT, diagram)
+ Opinion on new Sigma lenses at Vann on Photography
+ Sigma booth visit by dpreview
+ Sigma
+ Photography Blog
+ Early forum reactions among Pentaxians

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