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

reviewer#1289 date: Oct-8-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 80-200 f2.8 (Black)
price paid:
positive:Well build
Removable Tripod collar
Internal focus
Fast focus
negative:Slightly soft at 2.8 at the tele end.
Lens body coating peel off after some use.
comment:One of the better zoom lens from Sigma, very well built. Heavy as well, but expected from a 70-200 f2.8. Removable tripod collar which is handy if you want to hand hold, which is possible on the KM DSLR AS. The Minolta 80-200 f2.8 (black) has non removable tripod collar.

Although there is no USM/SSM in this lens, the focusing is pretty quick and quiet as well compare to the Minolta 80-200.

Sharpness wise, the Minolta 80-200 is still better. The Minolta sharpnest at 2.8 is sharp through the whole range. For the Sigma, the sharpness at 2.8 is good at the wide end but drop slightly towards the tele end.

Bokeh wise, no way near the Minolta 80-200. The Sigma is not as smooth as the Minolta.

The Sigma body coating do peel off after some use, especially at the lens mount and tripod collar area. It's not obvious cause the bare lens body is still black in color.

The price of this new Sigma is less than a used Minolta 80-200. For it's price, it's a good buy if your budget is limited.

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
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