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

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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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.

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 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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