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

reviewer#6702 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
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 70-200
Sony 70-200
price paid:949$ C (new)
positive:Image quality
Reach
Auto focus (HSM)
Build
Price
negative:Flare
Auto focus
comment:If I lost that one, I would have to go buy another one right away. It's the second lens I use the most for macro and wildlife. I got the sigma for two main reasons : the IQ vs price and the build quality. Half the price of the Sony and better built than the Tam. That was a no brainer.

I must explain though the auto focus part. Lately, after a year or so of use, the Auto focus has been acting strangely, focusing only when it feels like it. So nowadays it's MF.

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
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