Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO IF A-mount lens review by zenmervolt
|zenmervolt#1795 date: Feb-8-2007|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||500 USD|
|positive:||- Cheapest way to get into the 70/80-200/210 f/2.8 game.|
- Solid build.
- Quick focus.
- Very, very sharp from 85-150mm wide open.
- Sharp at 70mm stopped down 1/3.
|negative:||- Just a tiny bit soft at 70mm wide open.|
- Noticeably soft at 200mm until f/4.5
- Lens hood is a gigantic P.I.T.A. to mount/dismount.
|comment:||Certainly worth the money for the speed. Excellent focusing, mine has been spot-on, even with the very shallow depth of field at f/2.8. I was a little worried about this being the non-DG version, but I needn't have been; this lens flat performs. I'm sure that the Minolta/Sony version is a better lens, but for the price I don't think this lens has any competition.|
The tiny bit of softness at 70mm wide open is just about perfect for portraits, and even the softness at 200mm is not really an issue in the majority of shots. The lens is spectacularly sharp by f/5.6 at 200mm also, so in most instances the trivial softness doesn't come into play.