Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro A-mount lens review by JasperD

reviewer#5551 date: Jun-17-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 / f4.0-5.6 Apo Macro
price paid:725 CHF
Build quality
Focus limiter switch

negative:Extending a lot to 1:1
comment:Still extremely happy with this lens, now using it for over a year. It is exactly as the most enthusiastic reviews state! Well deserved the awards it got!
The limiter switch is a bright concept: when switched to limit in macro position, it limits to exactly that, otherwise to the normal range (55cm to infinity). Avoids some hunting when the camera´s logic is in doubt...

Love the screw-on lens hood - yes, I do use a polarizer on it occasionally! - and unlike the one in use by sjbufton below, it never falls off when carrying it in reverse position, neatly fits tight on the focus ring. I use the filter thread on that hood for a lens cap btw, as the normal one cannot be put in place with the hood screwed in.

On the negative side, if you want to call it that way, I´d mention the very long extension, which makes you really sit on your subject (centimeters from it), with the hood sometimes quite in the way (for vegetals), or quite scaring for living creatures... I still use the 70-300 a lot in such cases, the minimum focus distance of 95 cm helps, but of course the macro ratio 1:2 is not really comparable, although quite usable sometimes. Need to have a proper long focal macro, but that one is really at the very bottom of a long list!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 39
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.82
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.79
  • overall: 4.88 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania