Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 II APO EX DC HSM A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#40968 date: Nov-14-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 (original)
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Sony DT 55-200 F4-5.6 SAM
Vivitar 70-150 F3.8
Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Vivitar S1 70-210 F3.5 I & II
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta MD 70-210 F4 + Lens Turbo II
Tokina 80-200mm F2.8 AT-X Pro
price paid:356 USD (used)
positive:Internal zoom and focus
Moderate size
Large control grips
Focus clutch
3X zoom range
negative:Chromatic aberration
Field curvature
Massive focus breathing
Non functional focus on LA-EA1 (A6000)
Pink color cast
Dim: T3.2 @ 50 mm, T3.5 @ 150 mm
comment:I first purchased a clean copy with original retail packaging from another Dyxum user. I purchased a second similar copy Buy-It-Now for $356 from a Japanese eBay company. These are somewhat rare in the used market though there are generally several used copies available for around $500 from Japan. Sigma replaced this lens in 2012 with a much larger, optically stabilized zoom that supposedly had much better image quality but was never available in A-mount. "LENS MADE IN JAPAN"

This lens has internal focus and internal zoom. Neither the front nor the rear lens element moves at all. The HSM focusing is fairly quiet and fast.

I was hoping this lens would be a good match for the Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM, but it looks like Sigma hadn't figured out image quality by 2008. This lens performs similar to the older, larger 70-200mm EX DG APO. Both have decent center sharpness, though perhaps not by autofocus. The first copy has some issues which really show in the top right corner. The second copy is much more consistent across the frame. The Minolta zooms have much flatter focus planes. The field curvature is even a bit worse than the Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM.

The first copy worked pretty well for tracking moving cars with the A68, and the image quality was acceptable at F2.8. The axial CA seems to be better controlled than the Minolta lenses. I feel like this lens is a bit overrated, but it is a decent enough compromise.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 24
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.42
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.63
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.63
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