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

reviewer#6852 date: Feb-2-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:beercan
Minolta 500mm AF reflex
price paid:€ 400 inc B+W KR1.5
Fast MF/AF switch
Removable collar
Easy rotate from landscape to portrait on tripod
Would probably survive abuse as hammer
Stays relatively compact from 70 to 200, same length in all zoom settings
F2.8! Do I need to explain?
Doesn't creep focus or zoom when held vertical, not the tiniest bit
Magnificent glass quality
Very safe bag
Great bokeh
negative:The bag is just a bit too narrow, it takes me 8 to 9 seconds to pull the lens out.
It's far from light weight, but what can you expect from F2.8?
comment:I thought the beercan was good.... This is WAY better.
And the donut bokeh from the 500mm reflex drove me crazy. This is a dream bokeh.
I'm not going to compare with KM/Sony lenses that I can't afford and I can live with it that this lens is not HSM.

BTW, the picture in this article is not this exact lens, the picture reads HSM where this lens has the M/AF print.

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