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

reviewer#12028 date: Nov-9-2014
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 100-300 f4
price paid:450 EUR
Constant f2.8
negative:Sample variation
CA if not calibrated
comment:This can be a really good lens if you either get a good sample or you get it calibrated well. My lens suffered from a decentered element, was not calibrated properly and as a result suffered from massive CA, was quite soft and had an unreliable focusing. I was desperate enough to stop using this lens and almost considered it a total loss. I assume that I was not the only one given the low rating of this lens here on Dyxum.

Once calibrated I have to admit that it became my favorite lens. It is fairly sharp at f2.8 already and gets very sharp from f4 onwards. Focusing is silent and accurate despite the shallow DOF. Color is great, much better than the one of Sigma 100-300 of some other Sigma lenses I owned.

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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