Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS A-mount lens review by jlosinski

reviewer#10286 date: Jun-10-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-300 3.5-5.6
price paid:1299
positive:Having this lens on my camera makes it looks like I know what I'm doing, thus insuring my self-esteem as a photographer remains intact

Zoom ring allows for manual focus even if camera is in AF mode.

Solid construction

fast focus in low light
negative:It dwarfs my a200, zoom ring is opposite of what I'm used to with Tamron/Sony
comment:I got this from Adorama a few days ago- it is just over 3 lbs and heavy! Solid construction, I think I could use it a makeshift weapon if the occasion arose... Shooting a wedding in a few days, looking forward to breaking it in. Chose this over the Tammy 70-200 2.8 as I heard that the Tammy is slow in low light and prone to hunting- this lens is fast and quiet.

** After owning the lens for several months I still find it agreeable, albeit heavy, especially on the a900. Nonetheless, I will be using it again this summer for a few more weddings.

*** The 70-200/A900 combo kills the wrist...

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 16
  • sharpness: 4.81
  • color: 4.56
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.81
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.74 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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