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

reviewer#8025 date: Sep-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:sal75300
Min 50/1.7
price paid:630 USD (used)
positive:AF speed
All around usefullness
comment:Love this lens for both outdoor portraiture and sports. Although not really a true macro, have been able to get some really nice close shots with short MFD and 200mm. AF is virtually instantaneous on my A500 in any light. Granted I haven't owned a lot of great lenses, but I rent the best quite often and this lens stands up to everything I've used except the superb CZ135 which to my eye is darn near perfect in most regards. Crops of 200mm shots are far superior to full size pics at 300mm with the sal75300, meaning my photos of little league football are greatly improved despite the shorter focal length. Now I'm tempted to pick up the teleconverters knowing that even a slight degradation would give me 400mm shots as good as or better than what I was used to at 300mm in equal or worse light. Highly recommended.

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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