February 10, 2016 at 6:49AM


Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 vs Canon 70-200 IS f2.8

Hey guys so I will be filming a automotive show May 13-15. I will be filming mostly but also photographing the event. I wanted some input as to what lens I should rent for the show. I've heard nothing but great things about the Sigma but I feel that in some instances I may need a longer focal length due to the event being based in a city, I may be too far away to capture a car with the Sigma before it leaves. Does anyone shoot video with the 70-200? How does it compare to the 18-35?


Absolutly different lenses to compare.

18-35 wide angle lens good if you need to shot close to the subject and cover a lot of background with everything in focus. This is lens if you plan to walk close to the cars.

70-200 telephoto lens good to shot from the distance with less background in the shot and less distortion. Also good if you need to have background not in focus but you need to be on distance.

I assume you have to check youtube videos for the lenses to see what type of image you can get from it.

Personally I have Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II and this is good lens, Image stabilization is good for videos. Not experienced with Sigma but I have Canon 16-35 IS with similar range.

Also it depens on camera you have. If it has crop senser then effective focal distance will be longer.

It might be good idea to get both lenses to cover most of the range for the flexibility.

Best Regards,

February 10, 2016 at 9:23PM, Edited February 10, 9:27PM


Thanks for the response Andrey. I shoot with the Sony a7 and I will be filming a car show that takes place all through the city so it would be nice to have a little longer reach in some instances where I wouldn't be able to physically catch up with the car.

The 70-200 is out of the question now. For the event I will be renting a Movi M5 and I discovered that the 70-200 wouldn't balance properly with the gimbal, the lens is simply too long and too heavy. I'm now thinking about going with a Sony FE 24-70 f2.8

Jahi Khalfani

February 12, 2016 at 1:06PM

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