Sigma 70-210mm F2.8 APO A-mount lens review by frozenpuck

reviewer#11377 date: Oct-8-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 APO DG
Sigma 18-50 DG EX
price paid:400 CDN
positive:Well Built
Cheap 2.8 throughout
Internal zoom
Good results
Soft at 2.8 and max focus
Achromatic aberration present in most pics
comment:Great lens for the price. Used mainly on my A700 but also works great on my A100. Large heavy lens so fits better on the A700.

This is also a Vivitar Series 1 10th anniversary edition. Same build from what I'm told as the Sigma. Unfortunately soft at 2.8 and at the end of the focal length, if stepped down, very sharp but still quite usable at 2.8. Chromatic aberration is much worse than my Sigma 70-300 APO DG, expected and accepted. Took some Autumn wedding pics last weekend with overcast skies, dropped the lens to f4, f5.6 and the results were spectacular. Capable of cropping with very good detail. Well worth the money spent. This lens did not come with a flare cover, having a very hard time finding one online. Overall, great lens, very impressed.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 15
  • sharpness: 4.23
  • color: 4.20
  • build: 4.73
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.40
  • overall: 4.45 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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