Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS A-mount lens review by Shield
|Shield#10581 date: Oct-12-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony SAL70200G|
Sigma 70-200 HSM II (NON OS, version 3)
Tamron 70-200 F/2.8
|price paid:||899 used|
|positive:||Extremely sharp even beginning at F/3.2|
It's not white
Built-in OS might even be better than the in-body
Smooth zoom ring
Focus ring on the inner part of the lens towards the sensor (unlike the 24-70z)
|negative:||Zoom turns the opposite from all my other lenses.|
|comment:||The proof is in the pudding - I'm getting far better shots with this than either Sony 70-200g I owned or the last iteration of this lens from Sigma. Or the Tamron 70-200 F/2.8.|
I don't use either supplied lens hood (one for APS-C and one for full frame) nor do I use the tripod collar, and to me this lens isn't overly heavy or tiring after a day of shooting. But I'm still fairly young (39) and I could see my wife perhaps having a problem with the weight.
Anyway, I have owned 2 Sony 70-200's that both weren't sharp wide open (one was brand new from Sony and the 2nd one used) at any focal length. Even F/3.5 was soft on the Sony. The 3rd Sigma 70-200, the one before this, was kind of the same way, and perhaps even softer than the Sony @ 200mm.
Bought the Tamron, but I hated the noisy slow focusing, the annoying 2 step process to switch to MF mode, and the way it hunted in the shadows.
Found the Sigma OS Sony used and initially it wouldn't AF on my A77 - sent it to Sigma and they fixed it for free (total turnaround time from Ohio about a week and a half). This lens is really sharp beginning @ F/3.2 (I'm talking pixel peeping sharp) and perhaps needs F/3.5 @ 200mm, but I have some great shots at F/3.2 @ 200mm.
Anyway the HSM motor is silent (great for video), focuses quickly and accurately. I don't see any purple fringing unless I shoot @ F/2.8 in very bright light, which is why I stop it down just a smidgen.
IMO, other than the 50mm F/1.4, this is Sigma's best lens.