Sigma 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 DG Macro A-mount lens review by CreativityPlus

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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.30
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.10
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.22
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