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

reviewer#2661 date: Aug-27-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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:Tokina 100-300/4.0 ATX
Minolta 75-300/4.5-5.6 D
price paid:Traded gear for it
positive:- Constant f/2.8
- When focus is correct, very usable wide-open, sharp from f/4.0 and on.
- Looks nice
negative:- AF is hit or miss
- Focusing ring gets in the way
- Zoom ring placed too far to the back of the lens
- Sigma says the lens isn't supposed to support my 7D and that re-chipping is no longer offered. It turns out it works just fine (except for the AF misses)
- ZEN coating is sticky rubbish
- Slow AF on the 7D
- Heavy
comment:Very nice lens. Well worth the Benbo 2 tripod and Sigma 75-300 APO lens I traded for it (the latter isn't compatible on Minolta DSLR's).

This Sigma is a far better lens than Minolta 75-300/4.5-5.6 D, but I'd say it trails the Tokina 100-300/4.0 ATX - both optically, and in terms of build quality. Both lenses are on the heavy side though.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.21
  • color: 4.21
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 4.71
  • flare control: 4.43
  • overall: 4.46 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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