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

reviewer#3657 date: Jun-1-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan, Tokina 35-200mm SD, newer Sigma 70-210mm APO
price paid:$250 (in 1992)
positive:fast, sharp, color
negative:heavy, push pull zoom & creep
comment:This lens was produced under license from Carl Zeiss Jena where they were called Zeiss Jenazooms. There was a full line of these and they were also marketed as Sigmas. Others on Dyxum are the 75-300mm and 70-210mm, both are APOs and push/pulls.

It's been a workhorse, and cheap these days. It's a better balance on the bigger Alpha than on my old 7000i. Color is warm, saturated, very similar to older Minolta lenses but with a little greener balance. It's faster than the Beercan, a full stop at 75mm. Focus speed, flare and CA are similar to the Beercan. They're about the same length, the Sigma is a little fatter and heavier. They're buds and the Sigma comes out in lower light.

Woodworker, please read the statement on the front page of the lens database about compatibility, and do something with your rating. Earlier copies of this lens (and some others) have older chips that do not work with newer cameras. Go back to the seller. Older 3rd party lenses must be tested on 5/7Ds and Alphas before anyone can assure compatibility. Please see also mounting comments in earlier reviews. Make sure the mount release button snaps up when the lens mounts.

For me this lens was what tipped the balance when deciding whether to jump ship or hang with A mounts. Canikon IS f2.8 mid range zoom lenses cost more than the camera body. With SSS and high ISO I can shoot hand held in natural light that was beyond my dreams when I got it long ago. If you like that kind of photography get one of these and enjoy it. Like all lenses it's got it's warts, but where it shines it's a great value.

rating summary

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  • 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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania