The 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is Sigma’s image-stabilized fast telezoom lens for both APS-C and full frame SLRs, designed to compete with Canon, Nikon and Sony equivalents at a lower price. Optically it can’t quite match the extraordinary clarity of its more expensive rivals, but it’s still very good indeed. The autofocus and image stabilization systems both work very well, and construction is of a high standard, although not weather-sealed. Overall it offers a fine option for budget-conscious buyers.
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD Lens
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“ The 70-200mm F2.8 OS HSM is a fine lens, that offers functionality and image quality close to the equivalents from Canon and Nikon at a distinctly lower price.”
- 70-200mm focal length
- 105-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 112-320mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, 4 stops claimed. Dual mode, normal and panning
- 77mm filters
- 1.40m/55.12" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA mounts
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||70–200 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (4 stops claimed. Dual mode, normal and panning)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||2 FLD elements 3 SLD elements|
|Minimum focus||1.40 m (55.12″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Focus distance limiter||No|
|Weight||1430 g (3.15 lb)|
|Diameter||86 mm (3.4″)|
|Length||197 mm (7.76″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||77 mm|
|Filter notes||does not rotate on focus|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
|Ergonomics and Handling||
Sigma's latest image-stabilized fast telezoom offers a fine option for budget-conscious buyers, with a unique combination of features for the price. It can't quite match its Canon and Nikon equivalents, but then again it's not as expensive either.
Budget-aware buyers looking for an optically-stabilized fast telephoto lens.
Not So Good For
Applications for which portability or discretion is more valuable than outright image quality. Event photographers who regularly shoot in wet or dusty weather.
Using FX lenses on DX body (Nikon D3200)?
Hi all, I have a problem with deciding upon which lense to buy to be compatible with my Nikon D3200. Will one of those work properly with this camera? * Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD * Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD. I want to invest to the quality lenses as in soon future I am planning to buy professional camera, but for now I have no budget to buy both - lense & body itself. I am interested in mainly travel, landscape shooting and shooting details (nature, people, sport). My budget is up to 1 000,-€. Thanks a lot to all of you for every advice & help!
I agree with everything PSCL1 wrote above but, the 80-200 f2.8, while a great lens and on my list to purchase, requires in in-body focusing motor which your d3200 does not have. If you bought it, it would be manual focus only. Continue Reading
Don't forget to look at the Nikon 70-200/4, it is close to that price range. Continue Reading
A77II compatibility with Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Hi, I was wondering if any of the lucky A77II owners could confirm its compatibility with the Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens? (1) Would the lens need any firmware upgrade or some other special treatment to work with the A77II? (2) Will I be able to use the focus peaking feature? Also, I hope I should not expect any problems with my other lens, Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM, which I got a few months ago? (Well, they sell it together with the A77II, but maybe it's a newer revision?) Thanks for any help. I'm really excited for the new A77II, I expect it to be quite an upgrade over my A35 :)
OK, to answer my own question: both of the lenses work with the A77II with no issues. Continue Reading
Is Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC worth it?
So I have to choose between Sigma with OS, Tamron with VC and Nikon with VR1(used) 70-200 ... Which one is better Tamron or Sigma? Is the better one equal to the sharpness of Nikon VR1? Nikon is going to be used lens while Tamron/Sigma are going to be new I prefer new over old. Help me out here. I have a nikon d600.
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