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

reviewer#44213 date: Jan-25-2019
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4
Tokina ATX SD 80-200 f2.8
price paid:375.00 (used)
positive:AF speed\accuracy
HSM quiet and fast
Build quality
Constant aperture
Tripod collar
Minimum Focusing Distance

negative:Big and heavy
Some fringing
Slightly softer wide open
Required MFA on a77ii
comment:I can only review the particular copy I have of this lens. Used w\a77ii, and a6000 or NEX5R via LEA4 and LEA1 adapter.

I ended up choosing this as it wasnt so new that the costs were out of my budget but it wasnt so old that the worst of the older-lens model issues were a concern (especially with Sigmas).

It is huge and heavy which is expected, but feels well built. It's sharpness and contrast improves when stopped down a tad from wide-open, but even at 2.8 it's more than acceptable. Required some MFA before I got really sharp results wide open on the a77ii. Overall results were OK, but not quite as good adapted to e-mount. Due to the size and weight of the lens I don't expect to use adapted very often, if ever.

Fringing is there, but not as bad as the other two. The 1m MFD is good for my uses and the stock lens hood is nice.

If you can afford it, there are other lenses that are better in every area, but as a package this is a really solid, competent lens, and I have few complaints at this point in time.

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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