Sigma 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 DG Macro A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 9   
reviewer#11004 date: Mar-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:ho avuto un voigtlander 28/210 apo e rispetto a questo forse aveva qualche miglioria in fatto di colore, ma credo che il sigma è decisamente più nitido e veloce
price paid:
missing
positive:piccolo e robusto, nitido e con un buon colore, macro fino a 1:3.8
negative:
missing
comment:è piccolo rispetto ad altri zoom, la costruzione è molto solida e ben progettata!la qualità non è eccezionale ma sempre piuttosto buona rispetto ad altri! ovviamente non possiamo aspettarci miracoli da un obiettivo con questa escursione focale? si trova ad ottimi prezzi, quindi se si vuole spendere poco e avere un tuttofare ben costruito e di buona qualità questo è consigliatissimo!!
reviewer#9523 date: Oct-23-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan, 18-70 kit lens, etc.
(I have 130+ lenses)
price paid:10 USD
positive:Good zoom range, IQ, small for its focal range
negative:Strange color, lousy bokeh (like most zooms), soft edges wide open on APS-C (ok on FF)
comment:Really a very nice "all purpose" lens. This was a pleasant surprise in an eBay lot I got because it contained a different lens that I wanted.

I expected sharpness to be compromised for this zoom range, but it doesn't seem to be -- especially in the center. I've now found that it's at least as good on FF as it is on APS-C. The APS-C edges take a couple of stops to get crisp. It outclasses the 18-70mm kit lens in both build and IQ. The center might even be sharper than the beercan. There is tons of contrast, maybe too much? Distortion and flare are both ok for a lens of this type.

Color is a little funky. It is hard to say what's wrong, but it definitely is not as nice as Minolta glass or even my other Sigmas. I really like this as a no-brainer family-photo lens, but the odd color actually gets in the way. It's not terrible, but this is the only lens I have that makes me think twice just because of color issues.

Oh yes: this was originally tested using my A55. This and all my old Sigma lenses have worked fine with my A55. Either the SLT incompatibility was worked-around in later A55s like mine or incompatible lenses are rare. I've now also used it a lot on my NEX-7 and A7, and it works nicely on both with the LA-EA2/4 adapters.
reviewer#8053 date: Oct-6-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105/3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-105/3,5-4,5 RS
Minolta 24-85/3,5-4,5 RS
Minolta 50/1,7
price paid:<100$
positive:Lightweight, compact, solid
great build, zoom lock
price/value
macro
ADI
"filter friendly"
negative:AF speed average
slight barrel distortion at wide
slight CA on edges
comment:A good and inexpensive travel zoom. Buy it and you'll be positively surprised! Very sharp in good light. Hunts for focus in lower light.
reviewer#5150 date: Apr-3-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm, Tamron 28-200mm
price paid:230 USD (new)
positive:Compact, Range,Build, Weight
negative:A bit soft
comment:This is a good little carry lens for travel or light use. I found the lens far too soft at the long end for me, even severely stopped down, but then I'm usually after wildlife and I continually use the long end. The wide is descent and the mid range is very good. I have captured some Big Horns in the mid range and they were usable as enlargements. As my subject got farther away the long end captures were unusable. I had better images at the long end with an older Tamron 28-200mm which served me well on Whidbey Island. I made the mistake of selling it. Oh well. I now have the Sony 16-105mm great lens, but more money than the Sigma or Tamron.
Again, for a walk around/travel lens this would be great for casual use and very light weight as well.
reviewer#4093 date: Sep-14-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:90.00 USD New
positive:- light
- build
- sharp stepped down
- zoom lock
- good value
- looks nice on A100
- better colors than kit lens
negative:- sharpness on long end needs stepping
-autofocus speed about average
- average colors
comment: I have used this lens for everything from portraits to nature photos. It is a very good lens for the money and the ADI functionality makes it well worth it's few weaknesses. I haven't sold it because it works well in many settings. Stopped down a step or two, it takes good sharp images.
reviewer#3877 date: Jul-24-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 75-300mm
- Sigma 10mm-20mm zoom
- Minolta 28-100mm
- Minolta 100-200mm
- Sigma 105mm macro
price paid:$109 USD new
positive:- light 14 oz.
- macro increases flexibility
- solid build
- well-damped zoom control
- nice looking petal hood
- sharper than expected at zoom extremes
- very sharp stopped down just one EV (f/5 on wide end)
- zoom lock
- price/value
negative:- zoom ring over damped at middle of zoom range
- autofocus a little slow
- slight barrel distortion at wide end.
comment:This is now my standard "take anywhere" lens. It's light, has reasonably responsive auto-focus, and was surprisingly sharp.
It feels well-made and solid, and looks great with the petal hood. I really like the versatility, and the fact that you can get close and get a pretty sharp macro at 100-200mm I have gotten it to auto-focus as close as 14 inches (350mm) at wide angle, which is closer than specifications. It hunts for focus some in lower light.
In my test-card shots on an Alpha 700, it was as sharp as my 105mm Sigma macro in parts of the range. At the long end, it has some color fringing. Another "defect" was some barrel distortion between 28-40mm. This was only noticeable when taking shots of rectangular objects that fill most of the frame.
It is still available new, but no longer in the Sigma lineup, and at $109 new on eBay, my best value ever on a lens. If you get a chance, pick one up.
There is a good review here:

http://www.photodo.com/topic_142.html
reviewer#3616 date: May-20-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-70
price paid:85 USD(new)
positive:Lens feels solid (metal)
Nice and compact feel
negative:sharpness on 200mm
gets a tad tougher to turn between 80-100mm
Slow AF speed
comment:I used this lens on my A700. Overall I thought the lens was much better than the Sony 18-70 A200 kit lens. The only thing that really bothers me is how it "sticks" a bit when in the 80-100mm range.
reviewer#3270 date: Feb-17-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta - AF 50 F1.7
Minolta - AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Sigma - 28-200 F3.5-5.6 DG Macro
Sigma - 70-300 F4-5.6 APO Macro Super II
Tokina - AF 19-35 F3.5-4.5
price paid:$ 85 USD
positive:sharpness on wide end
small, looks good on 7D
"macro function"
lock zoom
not rotate front element

negative:focus ring
poor sharpness on 200 mm
slow AF
colors
comment:Good choice for travelling, if you need small and universal lens. But itś not a telephoto lens, because for this range /28-200/ is AF too slow and also the sharpness on 200 mm is poor...I don´t like the focus ring, there iś not a mechanical focusing but something like electromotor?? Relative sharpness on wide end and also macro function is sometime usable. I bought this lens very cheap /$85 USD/, but I don´t know, why the new one cost about $400 USD...
reviewer#474 date: Feb-9-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Kit lens 17-70. This Sigma is sharper and has better contrast in my view.
price paid:
missing
positive:The price! Good build, smooth focus and zoom, Focus is also fast and don't seem to hunt. It has a zoom lock. Full set of contacts.
negative:None that I can find. Maybe the 1.5 crop factor it's not as wide as I would want in a one lens carry when going light.
comment:Got this lens on e bay new for $87 bucks some say it can be had much cheaper I seen it go for as little as $51 bucks. I wanted this lens just for the times when all I wanted to bring was one lens on the camera. I really didn't think this lens would be as sharp as it is. nor did I think it was going to feel as smooth as it does contrast is also good. It's not as soft as the kit lens that came with the 5D. It works well with the built in flash on the 5D but you do need to tak off the hood when using the cameras built in flash. If you tight for money but want a new lens in this range. I'm 100% happy with it for what I'm using it for. I don't think you can go wrong with this Sigma 28-200. George
reviews found: 9   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.28
  • color: 3.89
  • build: 4.56
  • distortion: 4.11
  • flare control: 4.22
  • overall: 4.21

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