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

reviewer#12002 date: Oct-16-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:70-300G
70- 210 Tamron 19AH
price paid:180 CAD
positive:F2.8 to 135mm
Works well with 1.4 and 1.7 teleconverters.
negative:Vignette on full frame
1.3m minimum focus.
Slight contrast loss wide open (easy fix post)
slight purple fringe (not as bad as my Minolta 135)
Slow Auto focus not usable for sports
comment:This lens purchase was a compromise. I really wanted a new 70-200 f2.8. I didn't want to pay the $1400 price or carry the extra weight. I was delighted to find an EX copy of this lens and my price includes tax and shipping. My version has a serial number starting with 1 and works on both my A77 and my A99 flawlessly. The focus on this lens is fast. The lens is sharp. Not as sharp as a prime, but really sharp. Edit: After a month of use for portraits I have to say...may very well be as sharp as my primes. Very usable wide open. Solid metal lens that is built to last. Another thing that surprised me was the focus noise. It is not as loud as the other reviews here had me thinking it would be. I am very impressed with the Bokeh of this lens as well. Very smooth. Lens focuses with a 1.7 Promaster and 1.4 Tamron converter as well.

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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