Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG APO MACRO HSM A-mount lens review by Tricky01

reviewer#7955 date: Sep-8-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200 f2.8
Sony 70-300 f4.5-5.6
price paid:699 UKP (new)
positive:- Quiet AF
- Great tripod mount
- Build
- Price vs Sony 70-200G
negative:- IQ nowhere near as good as Tammy
- Price vs Tammy
comment:Everywhere online is the debate of Tammy or Sigma 70-200mm, so I bought both and can safely say; get the Tammy. All the reviews say the Tamron is slow noisy AF. Yes the AF is the normal noise you'd get from a non-HSM lens, but it is bloody fast on Alpha mounts and accurate with it.

The only things going for the Sigma are it's build quality, near silent AF and a clever tripod mount. Against; not as good quality pictures, AF not much - if at all - faster than Tammy, and it's more expensive.

No brainer - get the Tammy

I wrote the above a few months ago after buying both and comparing both in the comforts of my frontroom (in hindsight not a fair test centre). Everything above is true, but the tamron just doesn't handle real life well enough. I used the lens at a party in a church hall and it hunted so bad to be irritatingly slow. When you get the shot it will be the best quality but if you intend to shoot in low light - and especially any action in low light - don't even consider the tammy. The sigma isn't as great IQ, but it will get whatever you point it at in focus. In good light, the tammy matches the Sigma for AF, but anything less than great light and you will get frustrated.

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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