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

reviewer#1795 date: Feb-8-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:
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.

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