Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#44139 date: Sep-29-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Minolta Macro Rokkor-X 50 F3.5
Minolta AF 50 F2.8 Macro RS
Minolta AF 50 F3.5 Macro
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
Sigma 60 F2.8 DN Art
Sony 85 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 90 F2.5 Macro
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro RS
price paid:300 USD (new)
positive:Reasonably sharp
Unique focal length
Quiet focusing
62 mm filter threads
Capture One lens profile
negative:Axial CA
Size and weight
Extends a lot to reach 1:1 (short working distance)
Focusing grip spins in AF
Small metal circular screw-on hood
comment:This seems to be one of the last EX DG lenses before HSM was standardized. It was recently replaced with a new Art lens design with a more complicated formula, but otherwise similar. The list price was $500 with a couple of $50 discounts offered. "LENS MADE IN JAPAN"

It definitely is not as sharp as the little mirrorless 60mm F2.8 Art lens or the smaller Tamron 90mm F2.5. The Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM II zoom is just as good at moderate distances. The optical quality is much better than any of my normal zooms at the same angle-of-view, but the better telephoto zooms have similar image quality at their short ends. The angle-of-view is wider than the short end any of the 70-x telephoto zooms even the 70-300GII.

This is one of the better EX DG lenses I've tried. It has similar image quality as the other macro lenses and inexpensive telephoto primes. The working distance is less than the Tamron 60mm F2 or the Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 RS.
reviewer#11648 date: Jan-30-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I don't have a prime to compare it against
18-70mm Sony
50mm Minolta f1.7
24-105mm D Minolta
price paid:£180
positive:Solid and well built lens though a bit large and weighty compared to older Minolta and Sigma prime lenses. Looks the business on the camera.
negative:Takes up quite a bit of room in the bag to carry around
comment:I love this lens get it if you can find one!
Ideal for portraits on APS-C and close up macro work it's cool
reviewer#11587 date: Jan-5-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:€400 (new)
positive:- razor sharp
- beautiful bokeh
- true macro 1:1
- nice results when used as portrait lens
- focus limiter
negative:- If hood on - you can't mount filters
- Work against light is not great
comment:This is great macro lens. Very sharp from 2.8. Beautiful bokehlicious backgrounds. I use it also as portrait lens with great results. Here is sample: http://mmphotography.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/communion-photo-wicklow-1-1152c9804f1f082.jpg

This lens has focus limiter - that improves AF speed a lot.
Work against light is not great (washed out colours, flare). If hood on - I can't can't mount filters (-1 to build rating)
reviewer#10803 date: Dec-26-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:N/A
price paid:450 USD (new)
positive:Sharpness
Focus accuracy
Bokeh
Super-macro ratio of 110%
negative:Slow AF
Noisy AF
Odd lens hood
comment:I gave this lens a "5" across the board, but there are a few caveats if you are thinking of buying it. But first the good stuff: it is sharp. It is the sharpest lens I own, just a little more than the 135 STF. The reputation this lens has for corner to corner sharpness is well deserved-- even on the a99ii wide open.

The autofocus is extremely accurate (but see notes below). Even at f/2.8 and near 1:1 magnification, it nails the focus. Manual focus is made much more accurate by the 270 degree rotation of the focus ring. When the camera is vertical the focus is held. The bokeh is also wonderful, better than any of my lenses (other than the STF).

The focus accuracy, sharpness, and bokeh make this an excellent portrait lens. While not a super fast lens, I was able to get some excellent hand held indoor architecture shots.

OK, now for the not-so-good. The most obvious concern is the AF-- it is slow and noisy. For macro work, this is not a concern since you will probably focus manually (peaking and AF confirm work perfectly even in MF). Indeed, for the maximum magnification you will extend the lens fully and move the camera. There is a focus limiter, and while it is odd in its function-- it does work and speeds up the AF when it is used. For me, I knew the AF limitations ahead of time so these are not a problem at all.

The only other downside is the lens hood. It is metal, and screws into the filter threads. When the hood is in place, the lens cap cannot be attached since the hood is using the threads. The large end of the hood has a 77mm filter thread, so a cap or filter can be attached there. This works quite well, even though it is a little odd (such a configuration looks very hip and retro if that is your thing). I suppose a 62mm CPL could be put on the lens, then the hood screwed into the filter-- allowing easy rotation of the filter. I have not tried this, but it occurred to me. Even though the hood is odd, it works and is quite durable.

In summary: if you are looking for a really good macro lens with a comfortable working distance, this is a really good choice. If you are also looking for a portrait lens, that ought to seal the deal. I have used this as a walkaround lens just to see how it would do, and even there it performed quite well. The AF performance might be a concern to some, but compromises have to be made somewhere to allow a lens to have as great a focus range as this lens-- and for me this is reasonable but as they say YMMV. The lens hood is weird but functional, and in some cases might even be an advantageous design.

I knew the limitations before my purchase, and I have no regrets.
reviewer#10671 date: Nov-8-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24 f/2.8
Minolta 28 f/2.8
Sony DT 35 f/1.8
Minolta 50 f/1.4
Sony DT 50 f/1.8
Minolta 135 f/2.8
price paid:340 USD
positive:Nice creamy bokeh, really sharp, focus limiter. This is my sharpest lens.
negative:Noisy and slow focus, but who is auto-focusing macro anyway? Build is not as sturdy as some old Minolta lenses. Can double as portrait lens.
comment:Bought on Swedish tradera for 2300 SEK (340 USD) as second hand lens.
reviewer#10370 date: Jul-9-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:No other macro lenses tested
price paid:eur. 225 (mint)
positive:Sharp, sharp, very sharp and all other qualities are also good. Focus limiter is very usefull. Protective hood.
negative:Err......
comment:Prime lenses can't be beaten when it comes to sharpness. Since I bought the A77 I surely see differences. So in the future I will use the primes more often. It gives enough room for cropping when you have 24 mp. On FF the 70mm is a bit short for 'wildlife' macro but ideal for repro purposes
reviewer#9764 date: Jan-7-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:ZA 85/1.4
Tokina 100/2.8
price paid:~500 USD
positive:Very sharp at all apertures,
no distortion,
no CA
negative:Hood mount
comment:Incredibly sharp corner-to-corner on full frame camera, even if wide open. Small vignette at F2.8. No BF/FF problems.
Colors are different than Minolta, but rather neutral. Good bokeh. Focus limiter is very useful. If you need sharp images without any distortions, it is the lens for you :)
reviewer#9110 date: Jun-9-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:sharpness
bokeh
colours
negative:didnt find any
comment:Great lens for macro photography. I plan to buy some extension tubes to get even closer to subject. Also great for portraits too. Very very nice bokeh and colours. I really recommend this lens.
reviewer#9085 date: Jun-4-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 & 100 f2.8 macros
price paid:250 GBP
positive:Razor sharp
wonderful colours
well built
nice weight - gives the camera good balance
negative:Screw in hood.
Makes a lot of my other lenses look very ordinary.
comment:Very good macro and portrait lens.

Useful focal length.

The ratings say everything else - no CA, no distortion and very sharp even at f2.8. Noticeably sharper than the Minoltas at F2.8, but once stopped down it is difficult to split - they are all extremely sharp.

By the way, mine works fine on alpha 33, as does the 18-250 and my older 17-70
reviewer#9010 date: May-12-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:270 Euros 2nd hand
positive:- sharpness
- colours
- contrast
- build (exception: hood)
- precise MF possible
negative:- screwed hood
comment:Very good lens. The main (and only) flaw is the hood whci has to be screwed to the front filter mount and can't be fixed reversed to the lens. Luckily it isn't all that important as the front element is quite retracted.
reviewer#8765 date: Mar-9-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:£200 (used)
positive:- sharp
- colours
- bokeh
- can double as portrait lens
negative:- working distance is short
comment:You will be hard pressed to find anything to complain about this lens. It is flawless.
reviewer#8383 date: Dec-9-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300 euro
positive:REALLY sharp. By far my sharpest lens. Macro scale on barrel is a nice touch.
negative:AF hunts, though I mostly shoot macros on manual. The hood sucks.
comment:
missing
reviewer#7759 date: Jul-30-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 f1.7, Sigmao 70-200, Minolta 35-105
price paid:500 USD (new)
positive:SHarp & Build
negative:Hood & lens cap
comment:Love this lens, great Macro but I bought it for portraits. It hunts a little now and then on my A200 and is noisy. But I can put up with it because of the quality pictures it take. I think this lens is past what my a200 can handle. Colors don't seem to be a nice as my minolta lenses but a little PP fixes that.
reviewer#7448 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100/3.5 "plastic fantastic"
min 50/1.7
cz 16-80
price paid:350 USD
positive:- REALLY sharp
- nice contrast
- good macro/portrait focal length for APS-C
- focus limiter is very useful on both ends
negative:- lens hood I guess, don't see why they couldn't have used a "normal" one
comment:I've only had this about a month, but it's quickly become one of my very favorite lenses. I wouldn't hesitate to call it the sharpest lens I own, it is sharp even at f2.8. I also find it to be quite versatile. AF can be a bit of an adventure, as with any macro lens, but the focus limiter helps tremendously -- allowing you to limit focus to either side of .55m. that allows you to lock it in on the short end for macro shooting, or the long end for portraits and such, so it doesn't have to hunt through the whole range.

70mm seems to be a great focal length for aps-c. good length for macro without getting too close. 100mm lenses seem to me to be too telephoto on aps-c to have much use beyond macro work, whereas 70mm (which translates to 105mm on film) makes for a much more useful portrait lens.

I really like this one a lot!
reviewer#7446 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:£380
positive:Very Sharp
Feels solid
negative:Very little other than focusing motor whine
comment:Really very pleased with this lens. As a macro lens it works well although a longer focal length would be better allowing you to be further away from the subject.

Gives really sharp pictures wide open and superb sharpness at f4. I bought this to double as a portrait lens and I have to say I'm not disappointed.

One minor gripe is focusing noise without the limiter, which sounds very rough and uneven. I am hoping that as this lens loosens up that will ease. For macro work manual focus is preferable. I f it doesn't my build rating will have to change to "4", which is a pity for an otherwise well built lens.
reviewer#7133 date: Mar-22-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma70-200/2.8
Sigma50/1.4
M28-135/4-4.5
CZ135/1.8
price paid:410 USD (Demo)
positive:Lightweight,Brilliant colors,Sharp Sharp Sharp,1-1 capability
negative:Slow focus speed as to be expected with true macro
Can not put lense cap on when hood is in use. Must buy 77mm lense cap to correct problem.

comment:This lense was a lot of fun to use at Disneyworld. It was perfect for flowers and bees and even snuck in a few shots of the family. The lense hood is frustrating since it screws on, changes the size of the lense cap when being used, and just gets in the way when trying to shoot at 1:1. Overall, this lense made me really find my interest being towards the macro end of photography. I will definately be educating myself further in this area after the amount of fun I had with Macro on my vacation. I really liked the lightweight and compact design as well as the final products I achieved. I have very little experience with PP and between this lense and my CZ 135 I found enough keepers to put off learning PP at least for a few more weeks lol!!! For the price, this lense seems to be a no brainer for anyone looking to try macro or who is just looking for a fun flower lense. :)
reviewer#6341 date: Nov-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:500 USD
positive:Sharp
Good autofocus and easy to focus manually
negative:Lens hood is difficult to use.
comment:Very sharp even for a macro. Focus limiter switch is useful for non-macro work but I use manual focus for closeups.
reviewer#6251 date: Oct-21-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-105
Sony DT 16-80ZA
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Sony - AF 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM
price paid:410 UDS (new)
positive:- Image quality
- Shape
negative:- Not circular aperture
- AF a little noisy
comment:My first Macro lens. It good also for portraits.
reviewer#5975 date: Sep-4-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-105, Sony DT 18-250
Sig 70-200 HSM, Sig 170-500 DG
price paid:479 USD
positive:Image quality
Colors
negative:Lens hood
comment:Experience level: Beginner

I bought this lens because of these reveiws and my own experience with other Sigma lenses. I only hope others wanting or needing a macro lens make the right choice.
reviewer#5966 date: Sep-3-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-70,70-300 apo,Sigma 70-200 2.8 II
price paid:
missing
positive:SUPER sharp!
negative:
missing
comment:Doesnt get any sharper! Works great as a portrait lens!
reviewer#5879 date: Aug-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18/55 kitlens
55/200 kitlens
price paid:€350
positive:Verry, verry sharp
colors
quality of build
Quality of hood
AF on portraits
negative:Filtersize
Hood needs to be removed for lenscap, or ou must buy a 77mm aftermarket cap.
Might be a dustcollector due to enormous length when focussing on Macro sized things
comment:I like this lens a lot. Have it on most of the time. Perfect for portraits. Verry good on flowers and bugs.

But!!! it's not an easy lens to use. on 70mm and macro the DOF is verry thin. You need a tripod and a lot of patience. I stil find it hard sometimes to get the results i want. The lens can do it, but i need to learn to be more still, patient and take my time.

All in all, a killer lens that for the money is the best thing you can buy :)
reviewer#5818 date: Aug-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 100 f2,8 Macro
price paid:300€ used
positive:light,very sharp, quick AF
Well finish ,well in hand
Scale suable.
negative:AF a little noisy
Hood not very practical,always never used.
comment:Perfect tool for the near Macro,very pleasant to use.The boked is well,A good companion for all.One of the most sharp lens of the world of Photo.Conform at all tests we can find.Only the noise of AF is little big.
reviewer#5714 date: Jul-17-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:399 usd (new)
positive:Razor sharp
Excellent color
Build quality
Weight
negative:none
comment:
missing
reviewer#5647 date: Jul-5-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Well made, the metal lens hood, sharpness
negative:nothing to complain about...
comment:One of the sharpest lenses I ever used!
reviewer#5588 date: Jun-24-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 ex dc
sigma 24-70mm 2.8 ex dg macro
sigma 70-200mm 2.8 ex hsm II macro
sony 18-70mm kit lens
sony 75-300mm 4.5-5.6
Minolta Beercan
Minolta 200mm hs g
price paid:450 usd
positive:incredible IQ
Quick AF, very little hunting
negative:none realy
Kind of an odd filter size at 62mm.
I don't like the lens hood.
comment:whow, one of the first lens that I bought for my A200 and I will never get rid of it. It takes incredible pictures. It is the lens that I use for portrait shots. It is in the top five best lens for the money in my opinion. All the other review are right. It is right up there in IQ to the 200mm hs G. Colors are not minolta but they are damn good.
reviewer#5551 date: Jun-17-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 / f4.0-5.6 Apo Macro
price paid:725 CHF
positive:Sharpness
Bokeh
Build quality
Focus limiter switch

negative:Extending a lot to 1:1
comment:Still extremely happy with this lens, now using it for over a year. It is exactly as the most enthusiastic reviews state! Well deserved the awards it got!
The limiter switch is a bright concept: when switched to limit in macro position, it limits to exactly that, otherwise to the normal range (55cm to infinity). Avoids some hunting when the camera´s logic is in doubt...

Love the screw-on lens hood - yes, I do use a polarizer on it occasionally! - and unlike the one in use by sjbufton below, it never falls off when carrying it in reverse position, neatly fits tight on the focus ring. I use the filter thread on that hood for a lens cap btw, as the normal one cannot be put in place with the hood screwed in.

On the negative side, if you want to call it that way, I´d mention the very long extension, which makes you really sit on your subject (centimeters from it), with the hood sometimes quite in the way (for vegetals), or quite scaring for living creatures... I still use the 70-300 a lot in such cases, the minimum focus distance of 95 cm helps, but of course the macro ratio 1:2 is not really comparable, although quite usable sometimes. Need to have a proper long focal macro, but that one is really at the very bottom of a long list!
reviewer#5385 date: May-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:300 euro new
positive:
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negative:
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comment:very good lens
reviewer#4609 date: Jan-2-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-75 F2.8
price paid:358 CDN
positive:Sharp, great build, fast focus
negative:Lense hood is kind of useless, filter thread isn't 55mm
comment:The focus is very fast when using spot on a high contrast object. It can hunt for awhile if not used properly. The focus ring is nice for MF.

The lense hood allows a 77mm filter but I don't see the use. I like clip on lense hoods but this one is a screw in and I rarely use it.

It's hard to rate colour but I didn't have a problem and it could be corrected in PP.



reviewer#3916 date: Aug-3-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta AF 28-75 f2.8 (A.K.A Tamron AF 28-75 f2.8)
price paid:
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positive:Sharp, Sharp, Sharp! AF is swift. Focus limiter switch. Pretty good build. f2.8 aperture. 9 aperture blades.
negative:Aperture blades not circular. Focus ring could have been slightly larger and have a clutch as to not rotate during AF.
comment:This lens is truly sharp from f2.8 and onward through f11. f16 is good, but I do not know beyond that since I have not bothered to try. The aperture does not have round blades. So I am not sure what effect that will have on the quality of the bokeh when stopped down past f4 or f5.6 regarding the highlights. I would have liked a slightly larger focus ring. Its size is okay, but a 1/4 inch more of rubber would have been nice. I don't mind that it does not have a clutch in the focus ring, but for a macro lens it would have been a nice feature. Others say that the focus is not fast. That's true, but it is swift. After all, it is a dedicated macro lens. It needs to extend quite a bit to get the 1:1 ratio when you need it. Standard lenses don't do that. That's why they are standard lenses. However, if you put it in "Normal" mode by setting the focus limiter switch (1:5 to Infinity range) it is actually very fast. I have noticed that creep comes into play when the lens is off the camera from about 80 to 90 degrees. When the lens is on the camera in manual focus creep does not appear. The disengaged gearing of the camera's AF keeps this creep that I described from occurring while on the camera.

This lens is what all the reviews have stated it too be optically......Sharp! from f2.8 from corner to corner.
reviewer#3619 date: May-20-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:
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negative:
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comment:great lens
reviews found: 38    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 38
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.82
  • overall: 4.89

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