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

reviewer#44195 date: Dec-14-2018
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:Sigma 75 - 200 f2.8/3.5
Sigma 70 - 200 F2.8 EX
price paid:$600 Cad
positive:Price on used marked
Sharpness wide open - tack from f2.8
silent hsm motor
good flare control
buttery bokeh
close focus distance 1400mm 4.5 ft.
Issue with LA EA3 adapter. Lens freezes. Rotate focus ring to get it going again.
comment:I waited a long time to get this lens at a price I felt was justifiable. This lens is the sharpest zoom I own. Even at 200mm my copy is comparable to my Minolta 200 HS APO. It is sharp! I feel the HSM motor on this lens is slower than my Sony SSM lenses, but just a little. Works flawlessly on A99 and A77ii body. Works flawlessly on A7R3 with LA EA4. On the A7R3 with LA EA3 The focus freezes if you try to focus closer than close focus distance. If I move the focus ring the AF starts working again. Because I have no issue with the other cameras or the LA EA4 I have to assume this is a compatibility issue with this lens and the LA EA3. Not a big deal. The Bokeh on this lens is mind blowingly smooth. This lens at this price is a no brainer for any A mount user and a pretty good bargain even for the a7 user group. Just watch out for adapter compatibility.

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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