Sigma 75-200mm F2.8-3.5 A-mount lens review by fennetje

reviewer#11733 date: Mar-18-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 F4
minolta 70-210 F3.5 - f4.5
minolta 75-300 II
sony 55-200

price paid:140 eur
2.8 speed till 135mm
light & small for the given range & speed
inexpensive ( but with a warning )
negative:might or might not AF on your camera
AF movement is crude
build quality varies ( see comments )
comment:I've had lovely results with this lens, IQ is really nice & it meets my requirements for portraiture 100%. Build quality is actually good overall, but Sigma skimped on the costs later on in the production. My first copy of this lens would auto-focus ( serial number starting with a 2 ) on my A55. Unfortunatly, it contained a plastic inner focussing gear ring, which didn't work well with the powerfull AF motor. After some use, I couldn't focus beyond a certain point.

Removing the front section & putting it back half a turn further ( which renders the focus distance window useless ) mediated some of the problems, but it wasn't ideal. I knew some had brass rings instead of plastic ones, so when i purchased a second copy ( earlier make ), i could combine the front element of that with the first lens, to have an AF enabled and durable copy at last. in total I've spent something of around 140 euro's ( with shipping ) on the 2 copies, somewhat steap, but i do consider it my best telephoto zoom lens to date.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 34
  • sharpness: 4.32
  • color: 4.21
  • build: 4.41
  • distortion: 4.12
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 4.11 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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