Sigma 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 APO Macro A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#9880 date: Feb-4-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Pretty sharp lens
Solid Build
negative:Push-pull zoom
Doesn't work on all bodies
comment:I had a chance to use this lens and found that it was actually much sharper than I thought, after reading through the previous comments. The slot on the lens drive shaft is a little too narrow and some camera bodies would not be able to do AF with it, with a grinding sound much like a stripped lens. What happens was actually the camera lens drive not being able to fully engage the drive shaft of the lens. There are no aperture problems with the newer SLTs though so no worries on that.
reviewer#8254 date: Nov-14-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 80-200 4.-5.6
price paid:600 DM
positive:macro,sharpness,color
negative:slow noisy autofocus
comment:the best for little money
reviewer#6578 date: Dec-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70, Minolta 50mm F1.7, Minolta 28mm f/2.8, Sony 18-55
price paid:Ł30
positive:Very sharp, good colors, small price, well build-like a tank.
negative:Slow focus,not conviniant for low light pictures,- in that case focus up to 135mm.
comment:Not bad lens accually but if you need for sport pictures in low light conditions is not for you at all. Slow focus, hunting in low light.
reviewer#4437 date: Nov-27-2008
sharpness: 2
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 2.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7 - Sony 50/1.4 - Minolta 70-210 F4 - Tokina 19-35 - Sony SAL70300G - Minolta 20/F2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Nothing. There is nothing good to say, it is a terrible lens. Is is not sharp at any aperture, it is slow to focus, it has bad color and contrast plus fringing.
negative:Every though I have on this lens is negative. If I hadn't paid good money for it I'd through it into the rubbish.
comment:I bought this lens because I was not satisfied with the SAL75300 kit lens that came with my camera. This makes the kits lens look like a million dollar prime. IT was new old stock, and I took it back to the camera store and they had another. It was exactly the same - terrible. I like Sigma lenses, but not this one. I should have know better than to buy such a cheap lens. I upgraded to the Sony70300, much better than the 75300.
reviewer#4220 date: Oct-12-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-100 d
Minolta 35-80
Minolta 70-210 f4
Cosina 19-35
Sigma 24 2,8
Sigma 28-80
Sigma 400 5,6
price paid:21 €
positive:metal body and bayonet
solid build
solid picture quality
quite compact and lighter than beercan
negative:creeping zoom
paint on bayonet fell off
did not get the macro ring with my copy?!
comment:Considering the price which I paid (21 Euro) it was a bargain.
The lens produces solid pictures all the way from 70-210. Does tend to have some ugly CA, but sharpness gets better and CA almost disappears around f9 which seems to me to be the SP.

Colors are actually nice, not really warm as with the beercan, but definitely OK.

Quite loud and ugly sounds are produces while focusing, but the picture quality is nice, not far behind the beercan, but much much cheaper. Got it as a travel zoom lense and will be happy having it with me, while the heavier (and still better and more expensive) beercan will stay at home.

Only bad thing, the copy I got at E-Bay had a smeary paint problem on the outer bayonet. Took the paint completely off, problem solved.
reviewer#1752 date: Feb-6-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4
price paid:
missing
positive:Push-pull zooming is fast, aperture of F3.5-4.5, extra macrolens
negative:Push-pull zoom causes zoomcreep and dust inside the lens, hunts at 210mm in low-contrast situations, CA in highlights.
comment:This lens is almost on par with the beercan, the only big negative is the lens being a push-pull zoom what causes zoomcreep and dust inside the lens.
The positive of this lens is the extra macro lens that reduces the minimum focus distance from 150cm to 50cm.
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 3.75
  • color: 3.67
  • build: 3.83
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.83
  • overall: 3.82

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