Quote Originally Posted by zk-cessnaguy View Post
The camera itself is compact, yet with the VC-7 vertical grip, it's balanced with larger telephoto lenses of the 70-200 f/2.8 variety. The VC-7 also allows the camera to run on ubiquitous AA batteries.
Yes, I wouldn't want to do without my VC-7 grip! Not only because I have a strong preference for vertical shots, but like you say, the balance of camera with heavy F2.8 lenses is just so much better. In addition, I wouldn't want to do without the capability of popping in regular AA NiMh rechargeables, just great. No hassle with expensive non-rechargeable Lithium batteries, or equally expensive brand/model specific rechargeable batteries like in modern d*****l SLR.

Quote Originally Posted by bluedog View Post
The sigma 24-70 f2.8 seems to have a couple of different models. Are the non-manufacturer brand maxxum lenses any good? Any thoughts on a zoom versus 2 or 3 primes? With my OM's I usually prefer to use my Zuiko primes. The Minolta primes are certainly cheap. Is it just because they are unfashionable?
Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post

Their lens database has lots of user reviews and is the first place I would look for user based information.
Like Hoffy says, your first stop should by the Dyxum reviews. I do remember one of the first models of Sigma's 24-70 F2.8 EX receiving a lesser review in a photo magazine, essentially stating something like that "they pushed the design of the really good 28-70 F2.8 EX to far" by creating the 24-70 version as spin off... However, I don't think current top line EX models including the latest 24-70 have the same issue, it was at the dawn of Sigma's rise with quality EX lenses some 10 years back.

I have no complaints about my Sigma 28-70 F2.8 EX (Early model).