Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM

Last updated (12 January’12):
- Review by Ephotozine

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 17 elements in 14 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 180cm/70.9 in and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM lens weighs 1270g/44.8 oz and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.2 inches long.

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

Expert Reviews

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

Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM and writes;
“At the 70mm end the lens performed best at around the f/8 mark before starting on the downward slope towards reciprocity, whereas at 135mm and above it continued to improve to between f/11 and f/16 before peaking.”
rating: NA

Photodo reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM and writes;
“I would rate the colour rendition and contrast of this lens as good, with the colour being neutral rather than cold or warm. Contrast was maintained throughout the range, even wide open.”
rating: NA

The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM and writes;
“The distortion change is very small with the 1.4x and is actually reduced with the 2x attached at 200mm (apparently a small amount of barrel distortion is introduced with the 2x). Some additional CA is more apparent with the teleconverters attached. Overall, the 1.4x is very complementary to this lens, the 2x is less so.”
rating: NA

SLRGear reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM and writes;
“From 70-135mm, chromatic aberration was quite low, and extremely low in the vicinity of 100mm. It gets quite a bit worse at 200mm, but the average level actually wasn’t too bad, as long as we stayed below f/16..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM and writes;
“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. The mechanical quality of the lens is excellent and the HSM AF drive is both fast and near silent. “
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

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

Perfect!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“it’s a good lens. i took beautiful photos with it The lens have a fast focus and no noise. I indicate this lens for all.” – by Hugo M. De Oliveira

Great Lense | Rating: ★★★★★
“I found this lense to be very versitale and much better than my Tameron lense of equal caliber. It a little heavy but about a pound less than the Canon. I love it so far.” – by Timothy West

Great moderately priced sports lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I purchased this lens a year ago as an upgrade from my Canon 70-300. Wow!!! I could not believe the sharpness of the images I was now shooting. I shoot sports with a monopod from the sidelines particularly football and lacrosse. Now I am getting crystal clear helmeted faces at 50 yards..” – by Paul Johnson

Great all around lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“You will not be disappointed buying this lens. I thought I should get the Canon version, but have been extremely pleased so far with this lens. I also have the 70-300mm, f/4-5.6 Canon lens, but like others have mentioned it’s nice to have that macro capability.” – by Tracy R. St Francis

Sigma lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Was fast ship and great product. I dont know why I waited so long to buy this lens. Its sharp and fast…good quality lens “ – by Richard L. Coy

Great Sports Lens vs Canon L 70-20 | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is very sturdy and just as good as the Canon L-series. Auto focus is quick and accurate. It is tack sharp above f2.8. It comes w/a bag and hood so even a better deal. The only con if anything is there is no weather seals like the Canon L. I’m very pleased w/my purchase.” – by Foto Learner

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Features & Specifications

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

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM is a large aperture zoom lens designed specially for digital SLR cameras with close-up capability.

This large aperture telephoto zoom lens has a minimum focusing distance of 100cm (39.4″) throughout the entire zoom range. It is very convenient for close-up photography. This lens uses two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glasses and two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glasses for utmost correction against chromatic aberrations. This lens’ super multi layer lens coating reduce flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras.

This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF. The lens design incorporates an inner focusing and inner zooming systems. The overall length of the lens does not change during focusing and zooming, ensuring convenient handling. A removable long tripod collar (TS-41) is included as a standard component.

When this lens is used with the 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters (optional), it becomes a 98-280mm f/4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 140-400mm f/5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.

See also: Lens Reviews | Sigma Lenses

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