Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG APO MACRO HSM A-mount lens review by Tiago Costa

reviewer#10164 date: May-2-2012
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 55-200mm
Sigma 70-300mm APO
price paid:700€
positive:Build quality
Constant 2.8
Fast AF
negative:Soft image (200mm/f2.8)
Not weather sealed
Heavy weight
comment:Very nice lens, my main "workhorse" for motorsport events. Counting with the wide apertures allows for even more creative shooting and this lens delivers all the good stuff that you would need in the field.

Sharp on the center and a little less on the corners, this lens is the ideal partner for the A77 that i recently bought. With the A200, the heavy weight of the lens makes this a tricky combo, but nothing a good photographer would argue about.

Fast AF (with the A77 and the A200, without any chipping), the only drawback is the soft images at 200mm, with f/2.8 apertures (stopping down to 3.5 solves the problem).

Highly recommended for any Alpha user, if you don´t have the cash for the Sony 70-200 SSM f/2.8.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 48
  • sharpness: 4.47
  • color: 4.56
  • build: 4.85
  • distortion: 4.73
  • flare control: 4.44
  • overall: 4.61 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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