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

reviewer#4930 date: Feb-27-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan 70-210 1:4
Minolta 75-300 mmm (new)
price paid:170 € (used)
positive:Excellent build, tripod ring
negative:not sharp at all, heavy, not usable wide open
comment:I think this lens is overrated. I compared it to the Beercan. The Beercan was sharper in every aspect and the colors of the Sigma were terrible. What is the use of a fast lens if you have to stop it down for reasonable quality. And even then the pictures were dull. I sold it and kept the Beercan. Even the Minolta 75-300mm performed better. Now, I ended up with the Minolta 100-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 APO D lens, which I consider the best of these. Beercan is a great lens but too long and heavy for my taste.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania