Sigma APO 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Last updated (13 October’11):
– Review by Photozone

The Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 22 elements in 17 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3-12.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 140 cm/55.1 in. and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens weighs 50.4 ounces and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.8 inches long.

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Reviews

Photozone reviews the Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG HSM and writes;
“At 70mm and 135mm easily matched and even excelled the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L whereas it was somewhat worse at 200mm except at medium aperture settings. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. The build quality is very impressive.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM User Reviews

Fantastic Lens
“I had chance to photograph my sons soccer games both in morning & evening. During both the games, Auto focus was found to be sharp, accurate, silent & the lens did not hunt. Also note that the evening games was under floodlights & I did not notice flare in the any of the 200 odd snaps taken. All in all, I am extremely satisfied with the performance of this lens..” – By Chandrashekhar
Rating: ★★★★★

Magnificent lens from Sigma
“Bokeh, it’s marvelous! This really rivals some of my older primes. This is something I’ve personally always deemed secondary for image quality in a zoom. But when you’ve got it, it’s noticed and appreciated. Foreground and background images blur wonderfully, you can just see that plane of focus simply slicing through your image.” – By A. Meador
Rating: ★★★★★

Good alternate to system equivalent for an amateur photographer
“Focus accuracy seems quite good at close focus distances which is mostly what I’ve used it for up to this point. I feel that if it’s accurate in the razor thin DOF required in close focusing it will be accurate at longer distances. Focus speed is also quite good. I’ve used it for a little sports and AF was fast and CAF tracked well.” – By Things Above
Rating: ★★★★☆

Huge improvement over previous model
“It is sharper, focuses better in low light, has better bokeh, and the OS is worth about 3 stops. The result of all this is noticably better looking photos, and a higher percent of keepers from every shoot.” – By Lyonardo
Rating: ★★★★☆

Perfect in everyway
“Recently I photographed a baptism in a church and my setting were f2.8, ISO 800, 1/80 sec at 200mm with OS setting 1 on and the pictures were sharp. In one shot you can see the water droplets cascading over the babies head. The lens focuses very quickly as long as there is a bit of contrast.” – By KenPetersPhotography
Rating: ★★★★★

Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG HSM OS Lens
“I use a 1Ds Mark II and this lens works very well with it. The secret to taking really great photo’s is to first, know your camera. Know how to focus on the subject and don’t depend on auto-focus. Know aperature, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance and how they interact with each other.” – By James B. Powell
Rating: ★★★★★

Heavy But Good. Worth the money
“Sharp at all focal lengths, great in low light, quick zoom, much lower price than Canon or Nikon, so far so good at around 4000 shots with it as of this review post” – By alex egeland
Rating: ★★★★★

Best lens I ever owned
“At f2.8 it is already very sharp, at any focal length. Viewing the resulting photos in the usual web resolution (up to 900px) you can not see any unsharpness at all. On a 100% view it’s getting a little bit softer, but the sharpness is still on par with any (medium-tele to tele, can’t compare wide-angles) Nikon glass I have ever shot with wide-open (and that includes e.g. the 50mm f1.4G and 105mm f2.0).” – By Paul
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Specifications

Sigma’s New APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the second generation of this large aperture telephoto zoom lens now incorporating Sigma’s Optical Stablization function, OS, our own anti-shake system which makes viewing a stabilized image in the viewfinder possible for Sony and Pentax users if chosen.

Two FLD glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass have also been added along with three SLD glass elements, all which provide excellent correction of color aberration. In spite of the additions of all of these features, Sigma has managed to make the lens more compact than its predecessor, measuring only 7.8” in length. For any serious photographer where the 70-200mm focal range is often the most important second lens to own after the initial standards lens or mid range zooms.

The fast aperture is extremely useful and important in low light environments or when shooting fast moving situations where a higher shutter speed demands maximum lights thru the lens. HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. Super Multi-Layer lens coating reduces flare ghosting and assures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 55.1 inches throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:8 The rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out of focus images. This lens is equipped with a petal-type hood. Its exceptional versatility as an all-around lens is perfect for journalists and wedding photographers. This latest version of the Sigma 70-200mm is well regarded for its outstanding image quality, light weight and ease of operation.

One Response to “Sigma APO 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG OS HSM”

  1. Ididar says:

    Unless I’m mistaken the link is to the original 70-200 lens, not the later II version or the most recent Optical Stabilized version as the description would seem to indicate.

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