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

reviewer#7870 date: Aug-26-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Minolta 80-200 Xi
Minolta 100-300 Xi
price paid:€ 599 new
positive:Overall sharpness on APS-C. Extreme quick focussing (with A700). Even faster with my A77
negative:Quite heavy, but what can you expect...
comment:The first time I used this lens on my A700 was on the beach during stormy weather with about 20 running dogs. What a positive suprise to see how quickly the HSM focussing reacts.

It gives a nice, clear and bright view and sharp images. On 200mm slightly purple fringing in extreme lightconditions.
That's why I give it a 4 for color rating.

Use it with a 2x TC and you have a 140-400 / 5.6! Impressive combination on my A700. (Bought me a 135-400mm Sigma)

Still very enthusiast about this one even with my A77 and A900

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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