Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC A-mount lens review by Pirate

reviewer#3049 date: Dec-7-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm Macro
Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
price paid:£29.00 (New)
positive:Lightweight
Compact
Feel
Price
Bayonet Hood
Build Quality
negative:Rotoating Zoom (makes using CPL filter awkward)
comment:I wanted a general walkabout lens for my A100. Read about this budget zoom lens and found a new example on eBay. After testing it, I found it to be a really decent little performer in all departments. Not exceptional, though competent.

No real major bad points. Images are clean. As with the 70-300mm Sigma, the AF can 'hunt' a little at times. The zoom is fast enough and the Bokeh is also nice. Colours can be a little 'contrasty', but adjustable in pp.

I like it . . surprisingly . . and for the money paid (a bargain), fits my requirements perfectly.

Maybe a little hidden gem!

http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lenses/dclenses/55-200mm.htm

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3288&navigator=6

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.20
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.08
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