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

reviewer#7446 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:£380
positive:Very Sharp
Feels solid
negative:Very little other than focusing motor whine
comment:Really very pleased with this lens. As a macro lens it works well although a longer focal length would be better allowing you to be further away from the subject.

Gives really sharp pictures wide open and superb sharpness at f4. I bought this to double as a portrait lens and I have to say I'm not disappointed.

One minor gripe is focusing noise without the limiter, which sounds very rough and uneven. I am hoping that as this lens loosens up that will ease. For macro work manual focus is preferable. I f it doesn't my build rating will have to change to "4", which is a pity for an otherwise well built lens.

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