Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro

Last updated (23 August’12):
- Review by The-digital-picture

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro is a macro zoom lens features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 18 elements in 15 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3 to 12.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 39.4 inches and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro lens weighs 48.3 ounces and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.3 inches long.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Reviews

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Video Review by SigmaAmerica

The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro and writes;
“But at this point, I’d rather have the Tamron that at least autofocuses correctly some of the time and delivers better image quality at 200mm (we tend to use the extremes of our zoom lenses the most). And of course, the Canon 70-200 L versions are the best answer. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Photoclubalpha reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro and writes;
“Bokeh is excellent especially for close-ups at 200mm, with some visible colour effects tinting focus transitions before and behind the focus plane. Colour transmission is slightly warm with a yellow bias, not unlike old Minolta glass.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro and writes;
“The Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO macro is pretty impressive large aperture tele zoom lens. The resolution figures are on a very good to excellent level and neither distortions, vignetting nor CAs are really field relevant on an APS-C DSLR. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is pretty smooth and buttery – certainly an important aspect here.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro User Reviews

Used for first wedding…very happy with it! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The focal length worked fine…did not need any extra zoom that I thought I might need. The wedding hall was very dark and I was a little worried but on the aperature setting with the lens wide open I got some great shots… I would say about 80% of my images came out very sharp, which I thought was pretty good given such low lighting. Any outside photos I took were fantastic.” – by Kelly

It focuses correctly and is very bright. No fault found | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love this lens, it’s fast accurate and most of all, tack sharp. Bonus is it takes the Sigma ring flash so my macros are now much better. “ – by Designed to work

Awesome lens compared to 85mm Canon! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I zommed in to 200mm on a baby face and compared it to a close up using the 85mm canon and it was excellent both images had sharp details and the eyelashes were sharp on the baby’s eyes on both pictures . The color on the Sigma is Great!..” – by Jorge Benavides

Ghetto L! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The AF on this lens is amazing. It’s solid in construction and yes, it’s heavy. I am so used to it I actually love the weight, and it fits nicely on my newly upgraded 7d (YAY). This lens is a fantastic portrait lens, a fantastic sports lens, and a fantastic event lens. It’s fairly fast for such a long zoom. “ – by Karma wilson

WAIT BEFORE YOU BUY!! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a great lens, but I would recommend waiting before purchasing it. I bought it two weeks ago, and Sigma just announced the new version with stabilization that allows for shooting 4 stops lower than possible without the stabilization.” – by Anthony Brothers

New OS version of this lens is available for pre-order. | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is really good lens with one missing function – OS stabilization. Sigma is shipping new version that has OS and improved glass. I wanted to let potential buyer know so you make an intelligent choice. You need to decide if you need this new function and pay more or not.” – by OZ

Sigma, best of the group | Rating: ★★★★★
“Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 II Very fast to focus, bokeh is great. Tack sharp, the best of the group. Its a keeper. By the way, I used the older Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and this newer version is so much sharper. “ – by D. Bowers

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Samples

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Sample Photos

- Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Sample Photos @ Pixel-peeper.com
- Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
- Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Sample Photos @ Amazon.com

Features & Specifications

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Specifications

Enjoy improved optical performance while retaining close-up ability with the large aperture Sigma 70-200mm macro zoom lens. The lens–which offers a minimum focusing distance of 39.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.5–is suitable for a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscape shots, and macro photos. The lens offers two special low-dispersion (SLD) and three extraordinary low-dispersion (ELD) glass elements, providing excellent correction for all types of aberrations and creating high-quality images throughout the entire zoom range. The super multi-layer coating, meanwhile, reduces flare and ghosting. Finally, the lens incorporates a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), which ensures a quiet and high-speed autofocus (AF) as well as full-time manual focusing ability. Other features include inner focusing and inner zooming systems, a removable tripod collar, and a 77mm filter size.

Specifications

* Focal length: 70-200mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups
* Angle of view: 34.3 to 12.3 degrees
* Number of diaphragm blades: 9
* Minimum aperture: f/22
* Minimum focusing distance: 39.4 inches
* Filter size: 77mm
* Hood: Petal type
* Corresponding AF mounts: Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony/Minolta, Pentax, Four Thirds
* Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.3 inches long
* Weight: 48.3 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year


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