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

reviewer#366 date: Dec-29-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Canon 200/2.8 L II USM, Minolta 200/2.8 APO G, Minolta 100-300/4.5-5.6 APO (D), Minolta 300/2.8 APO G
price paid:
positive:improves with the 1.4x EX converter. Build quality is brilliant. Case and tripod collar too. Well done Sigma. Good hood too.
negative:soft at 2.8-4 at the 200mm ens, hunt in all but brilliant light, only f5.6 and beyond are useable
comment:Its big and heavy, but that's part of the deal with a 70-200/2.8, be prepared for this.

Mine was frankly rubbish. I couldn't even get a sharp image out of it at f5.6 on the 200mm end. I figured if I have to shoot at f8 why not get the 100-300/4.5-5.6 and shoot that at f8. So I did, and the 100-300 was MUCH sharper

I bought this with the intention of using it at f2.8 or f4 at the 200mm end. I kept using it for about 3-4 months before I gave up. f5.6 was almost sharp. a 200/8 is just plane stupid for this money. The 200/2.8 prime is cheaper used than this is new, and I eventually went that way. The 200/2.8 prime is razor sharp and usable at f2.8. The 70-200 EX isn't.

Good lens if you shoot in very bright light or only in the summer. Useless for wildlife which is a real shame. A 200 (300 on digital) is a good length for wildlife, shame this lens lets it down.

Bokeh was also pretty horrible on in-the-field nature shots.

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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