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

reviewer#8722 date: Mar-1-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Tokina - AT-X PRO AF 80-200 F2.8
price paid:698,90 Euro (new)
positive:+ Sharp
+ Build quality
+ Silent focus
+ f/2.8 from 70 to 200
+ Cheaper than Sony 70-200 f/2.8
negative:- color fringing in some situations
comment:- HSM is quiet, this is very nice. Though I am not really sure if it focuses faster than the Tokina. I have to test them side by side.

- Focusdistance is way better than the Tokina.

- Build quality is pretty good, except the hood. This one is plastic, Tokina is metal.

- Sharpness seems to be very good, but not as good as a prime or a Zeiss of course.


- Colorfringing in some situations

- Added a fringing-example to the Sample-Pictures section.

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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