Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO IF A-mount lens review by BertG

reviewer#1288 date: Oct-7-2006
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 200/f2.8 G HS
price paid:
positive:- very well build
- Hood
- Tripod collar
- Internal focus
- manual focussing
negative:- At 2.8 a little soft, could be less important for portraits.
- Manual focussing with 2x EX converter a little heavy

comment:Very well build. Heavy lens but that's not unusual in this segment. At f2.8 it's a little soft. At 3.2-4.0 it's very good and from 5.6> it’s excellent. It's a pity there is no HSM version for the A-mount but overall its focusing fast. The lens hood is good and works very well. Also the tripod collar and the case are excellent. The tripod collar can be removed very easily for handheld use. I tried both this lens and the KM 200/2.8 G HS before I decided. The KM 200 is sharper from 2.8-5.0 and more compact. I finally choose the sigma because of the versatility of the zoom. The 200mm is to limited in use for me. Overall it’s a very nice lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 26
  • sharpness: 4.56
  • color: 4.62
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.65
  • overall: 4.71 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania