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Canon ef 70-200mm f/2.8l is ii usm vs sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport


Hello everyone, looking to buy a 70-200 for my canon r6. I will mostly use it to shoot indoor sports (basketball and volleyball) and weddings. Which of these two lenses do you think is better? The price for used ones is the same, the RF one is out of my budget at the moment Thanks!



I use Canon Ef 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II together with Canon R5. I definitely recommend it.


I have a couple of Sigma lenses and I prefer the Sigma 50 f1.4 to Canon's effort but for sports in the 70-200 f2.8 range, I wouldn't consider anything but Canon.  I have used it for thousands of images at sports events and it is my most heavily used sports lens.

Sigma has released some very good stuff but the Canon 70-200 f2.8 is top grade and is exceptional.


EOS 1DX M3, 1DX M2, 1DX, 5DS R, M6 Mark II, 1D M2, EOS 650 (film), many lenses, XF400 video


Note that there is no guarantee that the sigma will work properly with the adapter and the R. Go with Canon.

I took a trip to a local Canon dealership today to test the R6 MII and the R5 and brought my Sigma lenses (60-600mm, 100-400mm and 70-200mm) and one of their using the Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R every one of the lenses worked flawlessly. The R6 auto focus was incredible and the 60-600mm performed insanely well even when racking the zoom.

Really starting to lean towards the R6 MII.

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I have the R6II and the Sigma 60-600, and they are a formidable combination.   I sold my other Sigma, the 150-600c to help fund my RF 200-800, which is an awesome lens and I have been out shooting with it for a couple of days now.

If you were considering going to the R platform and are considering getting lenses for the R6II, I would seriously consider the native canon lens for it's ability to work with the camera's IBIS, which is not going to happen with current or legacy 3rd party lenses.  Whether that is significant to you, I don't know, but at least you are aware of the factor to consider.

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IBIS is always a bonus especially when carrying a big lens all day and being in the over 60 category.

Have you used the 200-800 in any low light situations yet. I do enjoy wildlife and those morning and evening shots @ F6.3-9 would be the only that would give me pause with this lens.

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The Canon 70-200 that you mention is my go-to lens for sports, and has been for years.  I do like sigma lenses, but not at all for this particular choice.  


Digital: Canon EOS R6 Mk ll, EOS R8, EOS RP, EOS 60D, many RF, EF, and Rokinon lenses
Film: Pentax Spotmatic, Pentax K1000, Pentax K2000, Miranda DR, Zenit 12XP, Kodak Retina Automatic II, Kodak Duaflex III, and various lenses


" I wouldn't consider anything but Canon."


I totally agree if the choice was the two lenses you mentioned. However, if you had asked about the Canon vs the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens, I am not sure. I have never used the Tammy on an RF camera so that is still an unknown but on a DSLR it is nothing short of amazing. You would be hard pressed to tell a difference in the end product. Plus, it is half the price of the Canon (new).

IMHO, and I own the Sigma, is it is a good lens but itis not a great lens. So in that case Canon all the way no doubt and probably Canon even if compared to the Tammy.

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Rising Star

Still using and keeping my EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and use it with the adapter on my EOS R6, EOS R10 and EOS R6 Mark II for sports, some wildlife and portraits. It's as good as it has ever been. 

I'm holding off an RF 70-200 until Canon makes one that will take an extender. I use the EF Extender 1.4x III with my EF 70-200mm a lot and it's not possible to use an extender with any of the RF 70-200mm lenses at the moment.

Brian - Canon specialist trainer, author and photographer