Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS A-mount lens review by darkryder2001

reviewer#11934 date: Aug-3-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 70-210mm beercan
- Tokina 300mm F4
- Minolta 300mm F4
- Minolta 80-200mm 4.5 - 5.6
price paid:600 GPD
positive:-Very sharp wide open at 2.8 and super sharp from F/4
- HSM = speedy silent focusing
- Nice lens hood
- Lens has OS so you have the choice of using in camera OS or not
- 77mm lens filter. Fairly cheap.
- Works well with good teleconverters giving you 280mm F/4 with a x1.4
- Robust and looks good. Love lenses in black
- Tripod mount included
- Price. Half the price of the Sony equivalent and I cannot imagine it is any better, if so it would be truly amazing.
- Good for portraits and wildlife
negative:- Fairly big and heavy and a little unwieldy indoors, but well worth it.
- As it is a Sigma I am worried about future incompatibilities.
- Although the built in OS is great, remember to turn of the body OS otherwise you will end up with a blurry mess. More of an inconvenience than a negative.
- No focus limiter but somewhat tackled by the A77 II built in limiter.
comment:I cannot rate this lens highly enough. I bought it on a whim and thought I would not really use it a great deal due to the range, but I was wrong and it has become my favorite lens. Not ideal for indoor use where the Sony 35mm 1.8 in better, but brilliant for outdoor portraits and wildlife. I could not justify buying the Sony 70-200mm as it cost twice what I paid for this 2nd hand. In conclusion if you are thinking about a 70-200mm 2.8, do not hesitate and get this bad boy.

rating summary

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  • 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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