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

reviews found: 23   
reviewer#30686 date: Sep-11-2016
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:Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
price paid:$520.00 CAN (used)
positive:Fantastic build quality
Smooth Manual Focus
Effective hood
Smooth and quiet zoom action
Internal zoom
Internal focus
Usable handheld
negative:Minimum focusing distance
Loud AF (no HSM)
Inaccurate AF in low light
comment:This lens borrows the lens ID of the Minolta AF 70-210 F4 when mounted on a SLT body. The colours aren't as warm as the "beercan" or the bokeh as smooth. It is faster and the larger lens hood controls flare better.


reviewer#20420 date: Nov-9-2015
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MD 50-135 F3.5
Sigma 50-150 F2.8 EX DC II
Sony DT 55-200 F4-5.6 SAM
Vivitar 70-150 F3.8
Vivitar S1 70-210 F3.5 I & II
Minolta MD & AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Tokina 80-200 F2.8 AT-X PRO
Vivitar 85-205 F3.8
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
price paid:Rokinon 16/2
positive:Quiet AF
Smooth and quiet zoom action
Internal zoom
Internal focus
negative:Size and weight
Inaccurate AF
Soft corners
Soft on the long end
Heavy PF and CA
Varifocal
comment:RacingManiac traded me this lens in exchange for the Rokinon 16 f/2.0. So, this is the second review of this particular copy of this lens. The non-DG version of lens was released in 1998 and replaced the older Sigma 70-210 F2.8 APO that came out in 1992. Sigma borrowed the lens ID of the Minolta AF 70-210 F4. "MADE IN JAPAN"

I prefer the feel and operation of this lens to the more metallic Tokina 80-200 F2.8 AT-X Pro. It is certainly much quieter focusing. It also uses the normal Minolta zoom direction. From memory the image quality was better than the Tokina, though that lens may have been damaged. The smaller 70-150 F2.8 DC II is a much nicer lens to use, and has similar image quality on APS-C. The older, much smaller, and slightly slower telephoto zooms are much sharper especially in the corners.

The image quality is nowhere near as good as what is available from the Sony 85 F2.8 SAM, Minolta AF 100 F2.8 RS, or Minolta AF 135 F2.8 prime lenses. It is hard to see why anyone puts up with the drawbacks of these big clunky zooms.
reviewer#12205 date: Mar-24-2015
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:Standard zooms, 70-300G, 85/1.4 GD, MAF 135/2.8. MAF 50/1.7.
price paid:USD 500 (used)
positive:Excellent sharpness, reasonably good focus speed. Great bokeh.
negative:Colors not quite as warm or as well saturated as Minolta lenses AKA "Minolta colors" but that's nitpicking.
No focus limiter.
MFD could be a bit better but then it's not advertized as supporting macro capability.
Actually I can't think of any serious negative qualities that would make me advise anyone against getting this lens.
comment:An absolute performer that delivers great results. I've had this lens for a few years (4+) and I have gotten excellent results that I'm very happy with and friends and family are happy with as well.
I got it relatively cheap for a 70-200/2.8 zoom at USD 500.
It's definitely much sharper than budget zooms and comparable to the 70-300G. Not quite as hair splitting sharp as my Minolta 85/1.4 GD or the MAF 135/2.8.
However, this lens will make anyone happy as long as they're not pixel peepers.
I'm not sure about flare since the hood is reasonably deep and I haven't used it all that much to shoot into any bright light sources.
Coma is pretty well controlled, being an APO lens.
In conclusion, for the price, this is a great lens. If you're looking to save some money and still want at 70-200/2.8, the Sigma/Tamron are obviously the right choices and this lens should not disappoint you.
reviewer#11350 date: Sep-24-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 70-200mm F2.8 G
price paid:850 Pounds
positive:Fast and precise AF
Easy to zoom from 70 to 200mm
Light (compared to Sony's)
IQ is very impressive.
negative:Not found any so far!
comment:I use to own Sony's amazing 70-200mm G but it had to go sadly I had to sell it but needed a replacement. I looked at the Tarmon and Sigma and reviews won me over to the Sigma. If I am totally honest I have yet to see a difference between the Sony and Sigma other than in weight. The Sony was so heavy but than it had more metal than the sigma and this is not something I have found wanting in the Sigma. It has made me think that the cost of the Sony does not match the same difference in performance. Si
reviewer#8065 date: Oct-9-2010
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:Minolta 70-300, Voigtlander 100-400
price paid:1000 Euro (new)
positive:Sharp
Good colour
Good bokeh
Hood
Fairly compact (for this type of lens)
negative:Lens cap
Zoom is a bit heavy
comment:Only tested on APS-C.

A bit soft wide open at 200mm otherwise good wide open and very good stopped down a little. Background blur is very good. Colour is a bit warm or yellow compared to some other lenses but not excessive.

Focus ring is quite smooth, zoom ring on mine goes a bit heavy (which is why I give a 4 on build quality otherwise it would have been 5). I would have liked a little more space between the tripodmount and zoom ring but luckily the tripodmount can be easily removed so I always take it of when I do not need it.

I do not often take pictures that are likely to reveal distortion so I might have missed something there.
reviewer#6949 date: Feb-22-2010
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:
missing
price paid:700€(new)
positive:Sharpness, Color, Bookey
negative:Only the flare is worsly controled than with the sony.
Weight
comment:I own it since five years and I stil enjoy it very much. I'm willing to replace it the new HSM version.
reviewer#5642 date: Jul-4-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 3.5-4.5
Quantaray (Tammy) 70-300 4-5.6 LD
Zeiss 135 1.8
price paid:560 USD (used)
positive:-Good for birds
-Impressive sharpness @ distance
-Good-looking lens
-Fantastic build quality
-Smooth Manual Focus
-Effective hood
-Decisive autofocus
negative:-Bad for bugs
-Minimum focusing distance of 1.8m makes macro difficult
-Slight focus shift at close distance detracts from close-distance shots (use MF)
-Usable handheld, but weight makes low-light handheld shots or long shutter shots difficult
-Non-hsm means zzzz
comment:I've been using this guy on an a200, and the results have made me a very happy camper. I worked for a local paper covering the Little League, and the lens was fantastic for sports. Once I began to appreciate how to use a 2.8 lens, I immediately saw fantastic results. On the first day that I took it out, I nabbed what is, to this day, the best picture that I've ever taken.

At a distance, this lens rocks. Focus is quick and decisive (not HSM so it does buzz a bit). Focus is good indoors as well. Colors are dead-on perfect.

Close-up, the lens wavers a bit. Minimum focusing distance is 1.8m, meaning that true macro just ain't gonna happen. Focus shift impacts close-distance shots, making it appear as though the lens has front focused, so manual focus is almost mandatory in close-quarters work. The phenomena is well-explained here >> http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_70-200_2p8_n15/page4.asp<< The focus shift is the only reason why I dropped my sharpness rating to a 4.5.

When you consider the limitations of the lens and appreciate it for what it really is supposed to be, it's a blast to use. My photography received an immediate boost from shooting with it. While I love it, my girlfriend absolutely hates it because she says I talk about it way too much and its creepy that I play with it so much. If she only knew. . .
reviewer#5035 date: Mar-14-2009
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:Sony 70-200G SSM
Sony 70-400G SSM
price paid:500 GBP (Used)
positive:Great IQ
Not white
Good weight for lens type
negative:None yet
comment:Bought this from Fleabay as, due to expensive car trouble, I couldn't afford to (re)purchase the Sony 70-200G. Apart from the SSM, if the Sony is a better lens than this, then it will take a better man than me to see the difference.

Also, when I had the Sony, the white body attracted attention. The Sigma is black and I prefer it.

Lighter than the Sony and less tiring to handhold over a long period.
reviewer#4353 date: Nov-11-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:M 75-300 BBCan
M 100-200
Sigma 70-300 APO DG
M 28-135
price paid:~775 USD
positive:Fast
negative:Colors need PP
comment:Bought this lens to take photos of the daughter marching at night games in high school band. It's been a good performer and extremely high performance/price ratio.

The f/2.8 is wonderful for low light conditions. Sharpness at f/2.8 isn't exceptional but cleans up nicely by f/4. From samples I've seen it compares well with Sony/Minolta comparables. At f/4 and above I can't find a difference in sharpness.

The build, distortion and flare control are all very well implemented. No complaints on these characteristics.

I'm a fan of Minolta color and this lens doesn't match up well out of the camera in that regard. Post processing is needed to get color that is satisfactory to my eye. It isn't a major issue as an adjustment to white balance (in RAW shots) usually cleans up photo color nicely. Just an extra step from older lens qualities that I like. I haven't noticed significant CA with this lens.

In good light, I'll bring the big beer can for better color, an extra 100mm on the long end and semi macro capability. It is also fast and sharp with the matched Sigma 1.4 TC. This lens is a keeper though for low light situations. By comparison, it is definitely a more attractive alternative than going 2x the cost for a Sony equivalent.
reviewer#3899 date: Jul-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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony AF 70-200 F2.8 G SSM SAL-70200G
price paid:$586 USD
positive:SHARP
Very Good AF
Colors
Bokeh
PRICE!!!
negative:Hard to find.
No Focus Limiter
comment:Tested this lense on A700. Finally found one on Ebay after searching for months.

Very Sharp. Sharper than SAL70200G at f2.8/200mm. Stop down to f4 on both lenses and there really is no difference in sharpness.

Compare the Blur Index for both cameras across their entire ranges using the links below and you'll see what I have witnessed with both lenses.


reviewer#3746 date: Jun-23-2008
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:SONY AF 18-70 mm 3.5 - 5.6
Tamron SP AF 17-50 mm F/2,8 XR Di II
Sigma AF 70 - 200 2.8 EX DG APO
Sigma AF 28 - 70 mm 2.8 - 4.0 UC
Minolta AF 100 mm 2.8 D macro
Minolta AF 50 mm 1.4
Tamron AF 70 - 300 LD Macro
price paid:600
positive:minolta like colors and bokeh, price, price and price
negative:focus hunt in low light, not sal70200g
comment:sal70200g cost in czech republic 3600$... no more comments here
switch flare control from 4 to 5 because:
http://alpha.mylee.cz/test/sigma7020028-2xtc.jpg
shot at 200mm 2.8 with low-cost Rokunar TC 2x (400mm f5.6)
http://alpha.mylee.cz/test/sigma7020028.jpg (200mm f8)
no sharpening !!!
reviewer#3373 date: Mar-18-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:MAF 24-85/3.5-4.5
MAF 28-75/2.8
MAF 70-200/2.8 SSM
price paid:500euro (used)
positive:-good sharpness performace,
-color,
-contrast,
-very good flare control!!
-very good build quality in this price range,
-quick AF,
negative:-lack od AF limiter!!!!!!!!!
-not as good as 70-200/2.8 APO SSM G
comment:This lens isn't as sharp as Minolta 100/2.8 macro D but it is good in this matter even if You compare results with Minolta/sony 70-200/2.8.
I'm positively suprised witch contrast and colors af this lens.
Despite the fact that there's no HSM motor inside, AF of this lens is very fast specially when You are using it with Sony A700 or Minolta Dynax/Maxxum 7/9. Only thorn in the flash is lack of AF limiter. This matter irritate me when I'am using Sigma TCx2 with it - AF limiter would be very helpfull.
reviewer#3042 date: Dec-4-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Big Beercan
price paid:900 USD
positive:Sharp
Fast & accurate AF
Internal Zoom + Focus
Non rotating front element
Solid build
Much cheaper than 'G' glass
Tripod mount
negative:Silly front cap
Discontinued
comment:I stumbled over this jem on Dyxum and didn't think it over for a single second, I just bought the thing. I've heard/read so much good about this lens so I just had to try it out. Now I've had it for a week only and I'm totally hooked already!

I've previously owned the Beercan but got tired of the slow AF and the oldschool feel of it.
This one is sooo fast AF'ing compared to the Beercan. It snaps focus in a split second on my D7D. Focus and zoom rings travel smooth and easy. Image quality is superb (ok, the Beercan colors are a tad better). Bokeh is so wonderfully smooth and can produce some really nice and smooth textures.

It is actually a little soft at the long end wide open, but up to ~180mm it's razor sharp even at f/2.8. @200mm it's razor sharp from f/4.

If you're not prepared to spend all the money people ask for their 'G' lenses, this one is a killer choise. You woun't regret buying it...If you're lucky enough to find one will say...

Now I've got to buy a 1.4x APO TC to go with it, then I'll have a 98-280/4... how cool is that?



Jan 2 2008

One month later and my love to this lens has grown even greater. With my 2'nd 7D body it works even better. No FF or BF issues at all, AF is absolutely spot on at all distances and at all focal lengths. This is indeed a versatile lens that has been permanently mounted to my cam the last month. And I'm willing to carry the extra weight in my neck strap.

And oh, I got the APO 2X TC EX DG too, works better than expected but I have to get back to this once the light is comming back to the northern hemisphere.

If you see an APO 70-200/2.8 EX DG for sale, GET IT!!

reviewer#2443 date: Jun-13-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:VERY fast and accurate AF. Excellent sharpness and lovely bokeh. Internal zoom and internal focus.
Fair price.
negative:long minimum focal distance
comment:Sharpness is excellent, even at f2.8. AF is fast and accurate. It produces nice colors.
reviewer#2117 date: Apr-7-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:18-200 Sony
28-105 Tamron
price paid:1150
positive:Amazing bokeh
very sharp
not as long as other 2.8s in same class
negative:long minimum focal distance
comment:I just can't believe the $2400 Sony could possibly be any better than this lens, and even if it is, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY its twice as good.

If you can find one of these, buy it!
reviewer#1813 date: Feb-10-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:VERY fast and accurate AF. Excellent sharpness and lovely bokeh. Internal zoom and internal focus.
Fair price.
negative:Lens hood and cap could be better designed and built.
comment:Superb performer.
If you can find one, get it! (Need I say more?)
reviewer#1151 date: Sep-1-2006
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:Minolta 100-300 D APO
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
fast & accurate AF
build quality
color
reasonable size & weight
performance with 1.4x EX DG converter
reasonable price
negative:size & weight, compared to Minolta 100-300 APO D
comment:This is just a wonderful lens to work with.

There are hardly any circumstances in which its performance in below expectation, whether it be low light, action, portrait, or a combination of any of these.
Sharpness is excellent, even at f2.8. AF is fast and accurate. It produces nice colors.

And above all, it keeps all of its qualities (including its sharpness) when adding the 1.4 EX DG converter to it (except some loss of light of course).
So with a limited additional investment, I have a magnificent 2nd lens: 98-280/f3.9. If I have the chance one day, I will surely test this against the Sigma 100-300/4 EX DG. I would be surprised if the "real" 100-300 would do significantly better.

Now, this does not mean I don't use my 100-300 D Apo anymore. The Minolta 100-300 does not always have the same sharpness when wide open, its AF is not equally fast, it does not zoom internally, etc... BUT it is still delivering a very good image quality at a lot lower price, and due to its limited size and weight, it is a lot easier to carry around for a day.
I would not want to miss any of these two. It would be a very hard choice if I ever would need to let one of them go as each has its qualities.

Bottomline according to me: if you are able to add this 70-200 to your toolbox, I don't think you will ever regret it.
reviewer#949 date: Jun-28-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:AF 70-210 f4 "beercan"
AF 300 F4 G
price paid:Bought new at B&H
positive:Sharp Pic
Great Color
Fast AF
Sturdy Build
Detachable Tripod Collar
Value Priced
negative:Hood and Lens cap kinda flimsy
AF/MF switch feels a bit cheap
comment:Very good lens at very good price. Unless the Minolta 80-200 APO G is utterly mind blowing there is little reason why to spend the extra to buy a used one online when you can get this Sigma new. It is my first non-Minolta lens and I am VERY impressed with it. It had a trial by fire on a Formula 1 Race weekend and I have to say it passed with flying color(literally). Focus is fast and the lens is sharp, the lens generally feels very nicely made, though I have to say not quite as nice as my 300 G. The hood is relatively flimsy and the lenscap is also kinda cheap. The AF-MF sliding lock is a neat touch and simple to use, but the actuation feels a bit cheap. But other than that the lens is optically wonderful and generally very well build.

Highly recommanded as alternative to Minolta's own G Zoom, though I am sure the SSM is nicer faster, but it'll cost 3 times more than the Sigma with Sony around...
reviewer#796 date: May-16-2006
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan.
Minolta 100-300 D APO
price paid:709 USD
positive:Very Sharp and compact for this focal range. Built very nice.
negative:Lens cap kinda cheap
No focus limiter
No focus hold button
comment:I bought this lens new ($709) because I can't see paying twice as much for a used Maxxum 80-200 f2.8 or 70-200 f2.8 (although I'd love to own either). This lens is built very nicely and is sharp. Wide open performance is very good but stop it down to f5.6 and it's really excellent! Should be a killer football lens. Overall I'm very impressed with this Sigma and I'm glad I purchased it. A little sharper than my 100-300 Minolta APO D. Also like the matched APO 1.4x and 2x converters.

I have used this lens for a couple months now and I'm totally impressed. Just a super fine optic. Money well spent but not as nice as either the Minolta 80-200 or SSM.

reviewer#711 date: Apr-23-2006
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:Sigma 18-50 2.8 EX DC, Tamron 28-300 XR Di 3.5-6.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Very nice lens,Razor Sharp,Fast focusing, Colour is very neutral, removable tripod collar.
negative:None
comment:This is my second Sigma serie EX lens, and I love this Trademark, very robust serie for almost third price(I paid it 850 Euros) of the discontinued Minolta 70-200 2.8 APO G(D)SSM (2400 Euros), and I'm not sure that one is so far better than the Sigma, and certainely not three times better. May be the SSM motor would be faster.Ok and so what?
Good investment for me !
reviewer#467 date: Feb-3-2006
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:
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price paid:
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positive:FAST focusing! Nice color and sharp from corner to corner. Hard to get used to the DOF at f2.8, but love the speed. The build is excellent with a solid heft and the trademark flat black EX finish. The hood is reverse mountable for storage and seems deep enough to control stray light in most situations. While the KM SSM lens may be better, it is in no way twice as good. I feel that my money was well spent.
negative:Yes, it is heavy. The zoom ring is a bit stiffer than I'm used to, but that may change with use and better stiff than sloppy.
comment:My first non-Minolta lens since a 400mm APO in the eighties and probably not my last.
reviewer#185 date: Oct-28-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:very sharp pictures
negative:a bit heavy
comment:this is a superb lens which makes very sharp pictures. It becomes a nit heavy after a while but compared to its price it is really value for money
reviewer#80 date: May-28-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very nice and sharp images
negative:its weight (after a while)
comment:I use this wonderful lens mainly for sports photography, sometimes with the 2.0 APO tele converter. It is a very good lens for its price, fast enough and no flare or chromatic abberation. If you are looking for a lens in this focusrange, don't hesitate to buy this one.
reviews found: 23   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 23
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 4.91
  • flare control: 4.87
  • overall: 4.81

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