Sigma 75-200mm F2.8-3.5 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 33    << 1 2
reviewer#1360 date: Oct-30-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:75-300 4.5-5.6
price paid:50 USD
positive:Pretty fast for the price. Solid build.
negative:Filter rotates when focussing, push-pull zoom. AF unusable really, too slow and a bit hit and miss.
comment:Bought instead of a beercan as I kept forgetting to check the auctions before closing. Treat it as an f/4 lens and it's pretty sharp. Colours aren't really accurate but are nevertheless pleasing, a sort of nostalgic watercolour effect which works well for bokeh, especially for greens, but any flare shatters the bokeh. The weight of the lens really dampens the shutter on the 5D, helps stability in that regard. The push-pull zoom isn't the smoothest control interface. AF is pretty much out of the question on the 5D, the momentum of the lens seems to make it overshoot and then hunt for focus. On a film 7000 though AF is very positive. The mount is a very tight fit on the 5D but perfect on the 7000. My serial number is 2003xxx.
reviewer#657 date: Apr-3-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:- sharp
- build quality
- good color and contast
- no/low cr in high zoom
negative:- heavy
- not so smooth in controll
- hunts in low light conditions
- Sometimes bad focusing when in AF
comment:I bought this lens for a small price online. At first I needed to get use to the weight of the lens since it is heavy because it is completely made from metal (alltrough the zoom-rin/holder is some sort of rubber). But when used to the weight and able to hold it steady the shots are realy sharp and have great colors.

IN low light cinditions it is best to set the lens in MF modus since it hunts allot and is sometimes unable to focus correctly on the subject you picked when in AF.

The F/2.8 goes upto 140-150mm after that its 3.5 and evenso at F/2.8 the pictures are sharp I did get the sharpest ones when stopped down at f/4 and up.

reviewer#540 date: Feb-25-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS
price paid:
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positive:It's bright and cheap! Very usable wide open and quite sharp at f/4. Made of metal.
negative:Bokeh isn't very good, so-so with flare. Filter rotates when focusing.
comment:I picked up two of these lenses really cheaply, without knowing for sure if they would work. One does, and its serial number starts with a 2. It appears that the serial#s 2 and up work, while those below need a TC or don't work at all. There are at least three chip versions in these lenses; the original only worked with the 7000 I believe, the rechipped ones work with i series cameras (i.e. 400si), and the most recent ones work with DSLRs. The only other fast zoom in this range that I've used is a canon 70-200 2.8 IS on a 20d, and the only real advantage the canon had was faster AF (though this lens focuses pretty quickly too) and better bokeh - the bokeh on this just isn't too great (though it's not *bad* per say, it just could be better) - certainly not worth the $1600 price difference! It's durably made; I took mine apart and put it back together and there's a lot of metal in this lens. If you can find one with a serial# 2 and up, I highly recommend it!
reviews found: 33    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 33
  • sharpness: 4.32
  • color: 4.18
  • build: 4.42
  • distortion: 4.12
  • flare control: 3.52
  • overall: 4.11

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