|Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG lens|
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The upcoming Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany on September 12 will be an exciting event. Canon is expected to announce the long awaited EOS-7D Mk II camera and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens.
Sigma Corp. has been doing a good job recently challenging Canon, Nikon and Zeiss with quality, high performance lenses at affordable prices. Their 50mm f/1.4 Art lens released in April 2014 performed almost as well as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 for a fraction of the price. They might upstage Zeiss again and announce their 85mm f/1.4 Art lens just before Photokina to steal the limelight from the expected Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens introduction at the show.
In addition, Sigma is rumored to be working on more new lenses. Their 24-105mm f/4 DG OS lens released last year won many good reviews and a 24-70mm f/2 DG Art lens may be in the works. Their current zoom, the 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG lens is the fastest long zoom lens on the market and a 300-600mm lens may be the next to complement their high end lens offering.
Personally, I am not very fond of Sigma's long lens offering. They still have a way to go to catch up with Canon. My favorite Super Telephoto zoom is the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Extender lens. You can read my Canon wildlife lens recommendation here and see photos taken on worldwide photos shoots on my website MichaelDanielHo.com