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