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

reviewer#7648 date: Jul-1-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:
price paid:75 USD
positive:Sharp at 70-135mm
f2.8 until ~135mm
Solid metal build quality
negative:Giant front focusing element
Push pull zoom creep
Soft at 200mm
comment:The high probability of finding a non-AF copy of this lens has driven its price way below what it should be worth. Consider its specs on paper: this is a lens in the same weight / size class as the Beercan, is 1 - 1/4th of a stop faster at all focal lengths, and costs on average 1/3 as much. In my opinion, the existence of this lens and the Minolta 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 completely negates the value of the Beercan. While the Minolta 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 is both light and sharp, this Sigma is heavier but provides good low light coverage.

If you're hunting for an AF copy of this lens, consider asking the seller the following questions: what is its serial number, and what camera body was it used with? If the lens has a serial number beginning with a 2 and/or was used with the 3000i/5000i/7000i/9000i series of bodies, then you very likely have a winner.

There are nonetheless, quite a few negatives to consider: the lens is both slowest and softest at 200mm. The giant front focusing element has a lot of mass and extension, so both AF speed and accuracy can be compromised. Hoods are thread on only, and you will NEED a hood if you want to shoot in the sunlight.

Overall, don't get this lens unless you need low-light coverage.

I briefly tested this lens on an SLT-A65. I can confirm that AF works correctly (and speedily, much better vs my A200), but I cannot say whether or not the aperture mechanism works correctly on the SLTs. I have also tested it on an NEX-5n via the LA-EA1, and in that combo the aperture does work properly.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania