Sigma 70-210 APOmm F2.8 (new) A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45636 date: Jan-25-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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:Tokina AF 35-200 SD
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Sigma 50-150 F2.8 EX DC HSM II
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Vivitar 70-150 F3.8
Tamron 70-180 F2.8 VXD
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Vivitar S1 70-210 F3.5 I & II
Sony FE 70-200 F4 G OSS
Canon EF 70-200 F4 L USM
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Tokina 80-200 AT-X Pro
Vivitar 85-205 F3.8
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
price paid:116 USD (used)
positive:Internal zoom and focus
Decently sharp
Smooth out-of-focus rendering
Mild distortion
Maintains focal length
Axial and lateral CA
Slow, noisy focusing
comment:Sticky Quantaray Tech 10 version with original caps, tripod foot, and hard case but missing hood. Clean glass. Misaligned at the long end of the zoom range. "MADE IN JAPAN"

Other than the alignment issues this seemed very similar optically to the later Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG zooms. This seems to be the only one that has a 82 mm filter. I was surprised when a generic 77mm hood wouldn't fit. There are reports that Sigma made this change do to complaints of vignetting when filters were used on the earlier version. This version must have been quietly released sometime before 1995, as the 1995 catalog lists the larger filter diameter.

The angle-of-view narrows with closer focus meaning it maintains its focal length fairly well for an internal focus zoom. Also means focus breathing for video.

It has typical cyan/magenta axial CA. Sigma claimed: "By using apochromatic optical design and two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to minimize the chromatic aberrations, (normally a result of the extended focal length and large aperture), this lens offers excellent optical performance throughout the entire zoom range."

Overall a pretty decent fast telephoto zoom. Much better optically than the Tokina 80-200mm AT-X Pro and pretty similar to the later Sigma F2.8 zooms.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.20
  • color: 4.20
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 3.80
  • overall: 4.24 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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