Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG APO MACRO HSM A-mount lens review by jmcgee131

reviewer#7820 date: Aug-16-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:50 1.4 Sony
85 1.4 Ziess
Kits 18-55, 55-200
Minolta 100 2.8 Macro
16-80 Ziess
price paid:799
positive:Sharpness, Build Quality, Fast AF, Great IQ
negative:Hunts a little in low light, heavy(but expected)
comment:I choose this lens on price. I really wanted to get the Sony version but couldn't swallow the extra 1000 to get it. I think for what you are carrying around, it's not overly heavy, but compared to a kit lens it's a ton!! I use it on a a500, the AF is lightning, and its so quiet that I some times double and triple check the focusing. I find in certain lighting situations it's tack sharp, bright mixed light. Though in darker light it some times washes the shot out. I haven't had a real chance to play with it all that much, but I would highly recommend those who are in the market to buy this if price is an issue.

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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