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

reviewer#44522 date: May-22-2020
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-400
Sony 55-300
Minolta 75-300
price paid:£350 used
positive:Constant aperture
Nice lens hood
Not too heavy
Good build
negative:Must use MFA to get sharp images
comment:This was my first full frame lens purchased used. I paired it with my SLT-68, but was disappointed at the focus. Certainly fast at focussing, but the results were not tack sharp. Discovered (and see the Sigma comments about this lens) that it is not fully compatible with SLTs. However, after doing a MFA adjustment of +8, the focus was perfect. Now paired with an A850, I found this too needed the same amount of MFA. If your camera does not have the MFA in the menu, such as my SLT-58, this lens will never be sharp on it.
Produces some really great shots and if reach is not a problem, I often take this out in favour of the 50% heavier Sony 70-400.
Not sure why this version II is rated lower than the version I, but apart from the MFA issue, I cannot fault this lens.

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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