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

reviewer#44312 date: Jun-8-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:sony 70-200 f/2.8 (SAL70200G1)
price paid:Euro 500
positive:Great sharpness, lovely bokeh, coming very close to sony 70-200 2.8
price for sure, lovely build
internal focus, non-rotating front element, 77mm filter size, dark finish colour,
negative:Chromatic aberration
traditional motor drive
1.8m minimum focus distance
comment:Fantastic lens. I have Upgraded recently for pre-loved Sony version. After the comparable test when the Sony arrived the Sigma keep very well in sharpness from 70mm to 200mm. At 135mm even exceed sharpness compare the Sony version.
The negative point of Sigma is Chromatic aberration which is very noticeable due to lack of lastest coating and minimum focus distance 1.8m. In the sharpness, the Sigma is very close behind the Sony lens, we are talking about pixel peeping result. In print hard to notice any difference. Sony is just Slightly ahead but not for the money.
An area where Sony exceed sigma is SSM drive, modern design and all focusing points work with Sony A99 and A99II plus focus lock faster with the Sony version.
But if you like Great value for your money the Sigma is a great choice and would not disappoint. The Sigma version cost around Eur400 and the Sony 70-200G1 about Eur1000 pre-loved.

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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