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.


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, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded blades
Elements 22
Groups 17
Special elements / coatings 2 FLD elements 3 SLD elements
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
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


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
Image Stabilization
Ergonomics and Handling
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. Event photographers who regularly shoot in wet or dusty weather.


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Questions & Answers


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!

Peter Huray asked
15 days ago


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

BrettDR answered
12 days ago

Don't forget to look at the Nikon 70-200/4, it is close to that price range. Continue Reading

MikeyLikesNikon answered
14 days ago

I would suggest the Nikon 70-200 f4 rather than the f2.8 lens. it will be lighter and better balanced for the D3200. If on a tight budget then the Nikon 70-300 VR is also a good option. between 70 and 200 it is very good. Continue Reading

romfordbluenose answered
11 days ago


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 :)

moorglade asked
3 months ago


OK, to answer my own question: both of the lenses work with the A77II with no issues. Continue Reading

moorglade answered
3 months ago

Thank you for the follow up. Continue Reading

romicva answered
3 months ago

Indeed, they do. Just avoid the temptation to hold the A77II body with both hands when the Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 is attached to it, always support the lens with one hand! Not that the A77II is fragile, but... Continue Reading

Hephaestus answered
3 months ago


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
7 months ago


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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