Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO IF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 26   
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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.
reviewer#34763 date: Jan-26-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 75 - 200 f2.8 - 3.8
Tamron 70 - 210 19ah
Sony 70 - 300
Sony 70 - 400
price paid:585 CAD
positive:Price
F 2.8
Fast AF
Removable Collar
Accurate AF
negative:Size/Weight
Tripod collar gets in the way of zoom ring
Flare shooting into light
Soft at 200mm at f2.8 (actually a contrast issue)
slight vignette at 200mm
comment:I have been missing a fast focusing 70 - 200 f2.8 compliment to my lens selection. This lens fit the bill and I spent a lot of time as always reading reviews here. I would say once again Dyxum is spot on. My copy is used Excellent +. Boy is this lens sharp. The AF is very fast and accurate. At 200mm the shots lack contrast and are a little soft. When Contrast is adjusted post and a slight sharpen filter these images come back to life so in the end very useable from f2.8 on. Excellent from f4 on. I bought this to shoot sports and indoor activities with the kids. It does not dissapoint. Very fast focus and very accurate. The tripod collar for me is not comfortable to leave on. It limits the space to get your hands on the zoom ring. I use a sling strap and when removed that is a lot of lens to carry on the body tripod mount. In conclusion this may not have the newest coatings but this is a professional level lens that can be had for 1/3rd the price of the new models. Highly recommended.
reviewer#11534 date: Dec-10-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
135mm f2.8
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
Sigma APO 300mm f4
Sony Zeiss 16-80mm f3,5-4,5
price paid:650 euros mint
positive:
well built,
internal focus,
focus ring does not rotate during AF,
manual focussing,
Build quality is brilliant, fast sharp zoomlens,
Case and tripod, collar and versatile hood too.
Sharp, great bokeh, good colours, fast AF. Compact size.
Good prof quality.









negative:None !
comment:Excellent and fast focusing, mine lens has been spot-on, even with the very shallow depth of field at f/2.8, very comfortable to hold .
Quick, accurate focus on A700.
Even improves with the 1.4x EX or even 2x EX converter witch I bought afterwords .
It's a bit heavy on the a700 but i don't mind because it gives my the very best pics. Almost no CA or distortion,very well controlled.
It's even sharper than the beercan at lower F stops .
Even so, I find the bokeh of this lens better than the beercan.

Certainly worth the money.
One off the best lenses sigma can offer. I'm sure that the Sony version is a better lens, but for the price I don't think this lens has any competition.
To end up :
what a lens, its one of my gems, alltough abit heavy, its very usable and a "must have" if you need a good lens and dont want to spend over 1500€ or more for a 80-200 G lens .
reviewer#9718 date: Dec-27-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF)
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 Macro 'Beercan'
Sony AF 70-300mm SSM G
Minolta AF 300/4 SSM G
Sony AF 70-300mm SSM G
Sony AF 70-400mm SSM G
Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 EX DG (IF) APO
Minolta AF 80-200mm f/2.8 SSM G
Sigma AF 120-400mm F/4.5-5.6 EX APO HSM (DG OS + non OS)
price paid:Part of bundle
positive:Well built
Nice balance & tactile feel
Sharp/IQ
Not too heavy
No HSM (Hallelujah)!
Fast/Quiet
Price (if you can find one for about £350.00)
Buttery smooth bokeh
negative:Maybe not quite as Minoltaesque in terms of colour rendition, but even that's a harsh criticism.
comment:This lens is an absolute peach! Yes it's an original Mk 1 5-pin version, but it delivers in spades and makes a few of the more up-to-date optics look tame at twice the price. No names mentioned.

Build isn't to Sigma's top grade standards in terms of tactile feel and finish as it doesn't have the extra DG lens coating or the rubberised external barrel coating, but as most people who have owned any Sigma EX DG version will know how that's finished. This is a lot smoother on the surface (no ridges or roughness), but it's nicely balanced with smooth zoom and focus control as well as being very quick when in AF mode. MF to AF is with a simple forwards/backwards movement with a nice 'click' so you know it's properly selected. Bokeh is buttery smooth.

I wasn't expecting to like this lens, but my opinion was very quickly changed as all-in-all it's a very high performing lens that will deliver clean sharp images even from f/2.8 which was a surprise, but these lenses are pretty rare being the early EX (IF) APO, but if you do trip over a clean copy . . . do yourself a favour if the price is right . . . buy it!

My copy was supplied complete and looks and works like new, so had been extremely well cared for.

Who needs quiet HSM focussing unless you work in a library or a church when raw torque AF speed is what this lens was designed for with this little number which is another BIG plus as far as I'm concerned, and comes a relatively close second only to the Minolta AF 80-200/2.8 APO HS G overall IMHO.
reviewer#9464 date: Oct-1-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 80 200 2.8
tamron 70 200 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:build
bokeh
price
negative:little soft wide open
color and contrast not as good as tamrons or minoltas
comment:nice lens for the price
reviewer#9243 date: Jul-19-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:550 USD used
positive:Centers sharp at 2.8
Bokeh Bokeh Bokeh
Smooth,fast and accurate auto focus
Build
negative:Not a 300mm :)
comment:Great for fast action and portraits
reviewer#9093 date: Jun-6-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 80-200 2.8 HS APO
Minolta 70-210 f4 beercan
Sony 70-200 SSM 2.8
Sigma 70-200 f2.8 DG HSM II
price paid:used
positive:EX Build and appearance (black)
Fast Aperture and AF
Second hand price
Sharp, contrast and colours
negative:No silent HSM/ SSM
Minimum Focus Distance
A bit heavy
comment:Mine is the first version called EX APO. Being a non DG i prefer it to the second APO DG version. Though heavy it is still lighter than the latest versions of HSM II Macro and OS HSM.

The AF of this lens is fast and precise on my A700. A bit soft on the wide end of the apertures and 200mm zoom . Probably i need to practice more with this lens. The minimum focus distance is around 5 feet but with a little lens playing you get used to it. f4 beyond this lens is razor sharp. This lens produces great colours and some awesome photos especially at night photography.

I compared this to the G glass of Minolta 80-200 HS APO & Sony 70-200 SSM. For price/ performance this lens comes closely behind. Compared to the overated "beercan" well just forget the beercan this lens is in a different league. Try the Sigma and you'll know what i am saying.

Given the price of USD $1-2K for a new 3rd party or Sony 70-200 f2.8 this lens is a steal. I was lucky to get a very good copy. This lens is very rarely available in the used market. For those on budget and looking for a super lens to improve their Sports, Wildlife, Night, Indoor & Wedding photography i would suggest to grab one asap if available.Worth every penny.

Edit- Yesterday i went to the Sony showroom and tried this lens on the new A77. Worked perfect without any error. On the A55 i used to get an error. I now own the A77 and this lens performs even better with a77 24mp sensor
reviewer#8829 date: Mar-25-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4
Sony 55-200
Tamron 75-300
price paid:195USD
positive:fast aperture
solid built
Very very acceptable price (at least my copy)
Nice color & contrast
negative:the body paint
comment:No complaint at all for what I paid
Once get hold onto a copy of this, I never touch my Beercan anymore.
reviewer#8590 date: Jan-28-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200 SSM G
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Build Quality
Fast AF
negative:Noisy AF
No weather sealing
comment:Excellent Fast f2.8 zoom. Right up there at the top with the new ones, but just lacks the SSM focus accuracy and silence.

Had some cracking winning shots with this lens, a great secondhand buy.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan
Minolta 500mm AF reflex
price paid:€ 400 inc B+W KR1.5
positive:PRICE
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.
reviewer#6016 date: Sep-8-2009
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105mm
Minolta 20-35mm
Minolta 100-300mm
Canon 70-300mm
price paid:850
positive:Sharp enough
Good colors
Fast focus at light
Solid build
negative:The auto focus is noisy and hunts badly at low light
Heavy
Soft focus at 2.8 but probably it is quite good for portraits
It is a little blur at the long end
comment:Great lens for this money, excellent colors, razor sharp from 4.0. Really not always suitable for traveling because of heavy weight.
reviewer#4299 date: Oct-29-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
135 f2.8
price paid:400 USD
positive:Quick, accurate focus on A700.
Sharp.
Nice build quality.

negative:None
comment:Very useable wide open, fantastic stopped down a couple.
No distortion or CA. Very satisfied with this lens for indoor/outdoor sports and portraits.
reviewer#4276 date: Oct-24-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tammy 200-400 F5.6
Minolta RS 50 F1.7
Minolta 35-70 F4
Konica Minolta 17-35 F2.8-4. Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 135 F2.8.
Minolta AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
price paid:800 AUD
positive:Sharp Half the price of the Sony
Built like a brickSh@t house
removable collar

PRICE!!
negative:Min Focus
Little heavy with the a700 and 42 flash
Doesnt communicate with the 42 very well over exposes
comment:Hey guys i have waited off a while to review this lens. Its given me some great shots so far!! Its really sharp from 2.8. Is a little heavy with the a700 and flash but i don't mind. no real ca or distortion. its also sharper than the beer at lower F stops and also the 100-300 apo.

one thing i have noticed is that it does over expose with the flash and you have to turn the flash exp down manually to get the desired affect.

I have added some of my photos on the lens page.
reviewer#3965 date: Aug-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50/2.8
Minolta 135/2.8
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 28/2.8

price paid:400 GBP s/h
positive:colour, sharpness, bokeh, inconspicuous design, fast AF speed.
negative:lack of SSM, apart of this nothing really.
comment:best Ł400 I ever spent.
reviewer#2691 date: Sep-3-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:minolta beercan, minotal 80-200HS, minolta 85 1.4, tamron 90/2.8, sigma 100-300/4, sigma 70-210ap0/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp lens, just not quite perfect at 200mm. Reasonably fast autofocus. Great build.
negative:Contrast and colors not quite as good as minolta G lenses.
comment:Great alternative to the minolta 2.8 zoom - just lacking a touch in color and contrast, but can be brought out in post-processing.
reviewer#2178 date: Apr-19-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan 70-210/4 and 70-210/3.5-4.5
price paid:$500
positive:Sharp, great bokeh, good colors, fast AF. Compact size.
negative:Heavy, but it is a 2.8 zoom. It can flare in some situations.
comment:I thought my beercan was a good 70-2x0 lens until I got this one. It is in a quite different league, much better in all aspects, unless weight. I also got the Sigma 1.4x and 2x TCs with it, and even with the 2x TC it is sharp and with decent focusing performance. With the 1.4x TC the AF is just as fast as without, and I can hardly see any reduced sharpens performance. Wide open at 2.8 it is not perfcectly sharp, but really usefull and sharper than the beercan at f4. I find the bokeh of this lens to be better than the beercan.
reviewer#2070 date: Mar-28-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 70-210mm f4
75-300mm 4.5-5.6
vivitar 70-210mm f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:fast AF
sharp images
very nice build
IF, IZ, focus ring does not rotate during AF
negative:minimum focus distance?
comment:I only scored it a 4 for sharpness, and color. I only did that because i'm confident that the comparable minolta/sony models would be even better. So without grading on a scale, i would give it straight 5s. I wish it could focus closer, but that might slow down the focus speed. well, you could do, that and add a focus limiter. That would make it even better. My lens seems very sharp wide open, except for just near the tele end, where f.8 seems a tiny bit soft. But, i'll do it in a second if i need to.
reviewer#2065 date: Mar-27-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 (D)
Sigma - 24-135 F2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF
Tamron - SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpnes
AF speed
Build
negative:Lens hood or lens cap.
comment:Slightly soft at 2.8 especially at the tele end, the worst thing in this lens is lens cap, like in all sigma lenses it can be used with lens hood. AF speed on A100 is great, on Dynax 7 even better. Highly recommended.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
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.
reviewer#1730 date: Feb-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 70/300 DG
price paid:€ 600
positive:Good prof quality
Very Sharp
Very fine Defocus at 2.8
AF Ok
negative:Nothing
AF not SSM -
comment:Good lens optical and build quality. Fine color, defocus and Sharpness.

reviewer#1728 date: Feb-1-2007
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:580$ used
positive:extremely Sharp from 3.5 and up
great colors
build like a tank
very good AF speed
negative:heavy
not minolta
comment:wow what a lens its my gem alltough its heavy its very usable and a most have if you need a good lens and dont want to spend
over 1500 for a new 80-200 G lens
i love it.
very versatile hood and collar very comfortable to hold .
the best lens sigma can offer.
reviewer#1289 date: Oct-8-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 80-200 f2.8 (Black)
price paid:
missing
positive:Well build
Removable Tripod collar
Internal focus
Fast focus
Price
negative:Slightly soft at 2.8 at the tele end.
Lens body coating peel off after some use.
Bokeh
comment:One of the better zoom lens from Sigma, very well built. Heavy as well, but expected from a 70-200 f2.8. Removable tripod collar which is handy if you want to hand hold, which is possible on the KM DSLR AS. The Minolta 80-200 f2.8 (black) has non removable tripod collar.

Although there is no USM/SSM in this lens, the focusing is pretty quick and quiet as well compare to the Minolta 80-200.

Sharpness wise, the Minolta 80-200 is still better. The Minolta sharpnest at 2.8 is sharp through the whole range. For the Sigma, the sharpness at 2.8 is good at the wide end but drop slightly towards the tele end.

Bokeh wise, no way near the Minolta 80-200. The Sigma is not as smooth as the Minolta.

The Sigma body coating do peel off after some use, especially at the lens mount and tripod collar area. It's not obvious cause the bare lens body is still black in color.

The price of this new Sigma is less than a used Minolta 80-200. For it's price, it's a good buy if your budget is limited.
reviewer#1288 date: Oct-7-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 200/f2.8 G HS
price paid:
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positive:- very well build
- Hood
- Tripod collar
- Internal focus
- manual focussing
negative:- At 2.8 a little soft, could be less important for portraits.
- Manual focussing with 2x EX converter a little heavy

comment:Very well build. Heavy lens but that's not unusual in this segment. At f2.8 it's a little soft. At 3.2-4.0 it's very good and from 5.6> it’s excellent. It's a pity there is no HSM version for the A-mount but overall its focusing fast. The lens hood is good and works very well. Also the tripod collar and the case are excellent. The tripod collar can be removed very easily for handheld use. I tried both this lens and the KM 200/2.8 G HS before I decided. The KM 200 is sharper from 2.8-5.0 and more compact. I finally choose the sigma because of the versatility of the zoom. The 200mm is to limited in use for me. Overall it’s a very nice lens.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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:
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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.
reviewer#157 date: Oct-12-2005
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-210 f2.8
price paid:
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positive:Fast sharp zoomlens, well built, internal focus
negative:
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comment:Initially, I wanted the APO G 70-200 f2.8 SSM, but the price is just too high, so I stumbled upon a used Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX in mint condition. Bought it and started to shoot with it. I was surprised at the AF speed that this lens has, even when it hunts a little, the AF is straight back on track. Compared to my previous setup, 20D and 70-200 f2.8 L USM, I don't notice much difference in AF speed EXCEPT when going from closest to infinity. The build quality is excellent, the glass is sharp, and I use it even on f2.8 without sharpening or postprocessing the pictures afterwards. This one is a keeper ....
reviewer#37 date: Jan-3-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:KM 70-200/2.8 SSM G
price paid:
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positive:Very natural colors.
negative:With an open f/2.8 especially at the short end of focal length bright image parts significantly bleed into the darker parts. Going to f/4 or increasing focal length both help fixing it. Sharpness loses significantly below f4.
comment:
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reviews found: 26   

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

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