Sigma vs Canon Telephoto Zoom Lenses: Round 2

Update: Answers are below.

During round one of our test of Sigma vs Canon, not many of you guessed correctly. Indeed, there were even complaints about the test. We’ve listened to these complaints and did the test again. Let’s see if you can tell the difference now. Hit the jump to see the images.


– Camera used was the 5D Mk II.

– Lenses are the Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX OS vs the venerable Canon 80-200mm F/2.8 L “Magic Drainpipe”

– My 430 EX II was bounced off the ceiling for extra illumination.

– All images shot at ISO 800.

– The lenses were set to 100mm at F/2.8 and then again at F/4.

– The same focusing point was used in all photos: on the cabbage.

– White balance was set to 3800K, but the color changed for each image as the f-stop changed.

– The images were put into Photoshop Elements and stripped of their EXIF data. No resizing was done but they were exported at 60% quality for ease of loading on the web. The images were shot at full resolution RAWs and then converted into JPEGS.

Now here are the images. Can you distinguish which one is from a brand new Sigma lens and which is from a 20-something year old Canon lens?


Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX OS

Canon 80-200mm F/2.8 L "Magic Drainpipe"



Canon 80-200mm F/2.8 L "Magic Drainpipe"

Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX OS


Now tell us which one is which in the comments below.

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