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

reviewer#5282 date: Apr-23-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Sony SAL 70-300 G
price paid:Ł500
positive:Good value
Easy focusing in low light
Shallow DOF very useful
Good sharpness stopped down
sluggish AF
AF prone to hunting
comment:This has been my 'long zoom' since I bought it new in 1998. It exhbits very good PQ when stopped down to f4.5 and below. Inevitably wide open the results are a little soft but it does a superb job at isolating your subject from the background at the longer focal lengths and f2.8.

Recently I bought a Sony 70-300 G and planned to sell the big Sigma on ebay but decided to keep it as it nicely complements the smaller Sony.

AF performance depends on the body it's attached to, works well on my Dynax 7 though not so good on my old Dynax 800.

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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