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

reviewer#4300 date: Oct-29-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:beer can
sigma 70-210 f4-5.6
tamron 28-105 f2.8
price paid:425 usd used
positive:inexpensive fast lens
great range
internal focus
slower focus
hunts in low light/contrast
bit soft wide open
comment:the fastest lens in this range I own. colors on this lens are OK not as rich as the beercan but can be bumped up in PP. Hunts quite a bit in low light and in low contrast. a bit soft wide open, but acceptable in most situations I've used it stopped down to f4-5.6 is great. fantastic with good light. AF is slow on a100 but the a700 brought this up to a great fast action lens. May not be the lens for catching birds on the wing but for subjects that move slow or still, it works good. When I purchased this lens the barrell was loose, had it repaired and it has taken the abuse of being carried none to politely in my bag since with no problems. will post some pictures to show what it can do.

PS> my version is labeled as a vivitar series 1...only one I have ever seen with this labeling.

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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