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

reviewer#272 date: Dec-10-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 Super Macro 2 APO
Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG
Sigma 18-125
Canon 24-70L
Canon 70-200 f/4 L
price paid:
positive:Very sharp on the 5D. AF is accurate, build quality
negative:Heavy, large but its f/2.8
comment:I cant believe how beatiful this lens works on my new 5D. I bought this lens off EBAY and I am in utter amazement. Its so sharp and AF is accurate. I am also happy to report that AF is not as slow as people report at least on the 5D. Its built like a tank and is 7.5" long but its beautifully crafted. This has to be one of the best bargain zooms out there. I can confirm sharpness at f/2.8 all the way down. Compared to my Sigma 70-300 APO, they are worlds apart in every way except price. I recently shot a musical in the dark mostly at 210mm, f/2.8, 800-1600 ISO with Anti Shake and the combination is formidable.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania