Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD Lens

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79% Silver Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Principal specifications
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, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded blades
Optics
Elements 22
Groups 17
Special elements / coatings 2 FLD elements 3 SLD elements
Focus
Minimum focus 1.40 m (55.12)
Maximum magnification 0.13×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 1430 g (3.15 lb)
Diameter 86 mm (3.4)
Length 197 mm (7.76)
Materials metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 77 mm
Filter notes does not rotate on focus
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Optical Quality
Build Quality
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Ergonomics and Handling
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
79 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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; events photographers who regularly shoot in wet or dusty weather.

User Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
  • Marius Shanzer, Feb 25, 2013 GMT:
    Got What I Paid For

    The lens balances nicely with my D700 and focuses well. In a line-up that includes the Nikkor 14-24 & 24-70, this is the weak link. Pictures taken with it aren't in the same league for edge to edge sharpness. Luckily, I rarely need to use it. It's unfair to compare a $700 lens to the Nikon equivalent which now runs $2100-2400. The updated Sigma is also likely much better. As of 2010, the third party alternative was a Tamron which got excellent reviews for its optics but poor reviews for its ...

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  • Don Richardson, Dec 17, 2012 GMT:
    Excellent choice

    I shoot with a Canon 60D and bought this lens mainly for shooting indoor Rodeo. It does an excellent job with the fast action of the Rodeo. My copy is very sharp and OS works like a charm. At more than haly the price of the new Canon and still lower than the older Canon 70-200 2.8 IS it's a real winner. Problems: None

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  • DSLRShutterBug, Oct 11, 2012 GMT:
    Not a good choice for Nikon users, let me explain...

    Although physical build is spectacular its not a good option for Nikon Users imo....Produces extremely washed out images and very soft at 200mm (DpReview on this lens seems to agree with me too). See my full review about my experience with this lens: http://www.anthonymickealphotography.com/1/post/2012/10/sigma-70-200mm-f28-ex-dg-hsm-lens-nikon-version-a-review.html

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  • nekrosoft13, Sep 10, 2012 GMT:
    Great lens, spotty Sigma QC

    Great telephoto, was lucky pick up a new copy rather cheap. Feels great, finally Sigma decided to drop the old finish. Optically its better then Mark I Canon, but worse then Mark II Canon. If you can Afford Canon 70-200 IS USM II go for that instead. OS is very reliable (so far) had to send it to Sigma once for AF repair because it stopped working (after 3 months of using it). That is one thing that you always have to keep in mind with third party lenses. Out of all the lenses I had, Sigma ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

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.

Muaze Nakhez asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

Playback and Recognition Problems between D7100 and Sigma F2.8 70-200

Hello all, I have a Nikon D7100 for that the last few months. All are good with my Sigma F/2.8 17-70mm. However, I just got myself the F/2.8 70-200 and that's where some problem starting to surface. From time to time, when im using the 70-200, playback won't happen after i take a shot. Sometime it works, some times it doesn't. This never happened with the 17-70mm before. Secondly, sometime it doesn't the body doesn't seem to know what the aperture value is on the lens. i will have to "twist tighten" between the lens and the body for it to "recognize" the lens. Anyone else out there that experience this problem too? I just updated the firmware on the body but it doesn't seems to have fix the problem. Thanks!

Chris655 asked
4 months ago

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Warranty Information

"Beginning July 1, 2013, all brand new Sigma Products purchased from authorized Sigma dealers are covered under the 1 year America warranty (North and South America) and U.S.A. extended warranties for a period of three (3) years against defects in manufacturing and workmanship only. Your warranty period begins the day you purchase your Sigma camera, lens and/or flash and runs for a total period of four years from that date (please refer to the warranty policy included with your product)."

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