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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Overall score: 87%
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- 70-200mm focal length
- 105-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 140-400mm equivalent focal length on Four Thirds / Micro Four Thirds 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
- 77mm filters
- 1.00m/39.37" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF, Four Thirds, Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX) mounts
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Included Components||Removable Tripod Collar (TS-21) - Lens Hood|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.43 x 7.24 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.3 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||2.97 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.00 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||18|
|Number of Groups||15|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34.3 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||4.28 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
Review summary from DPReview
Overall, if you appreciate the limitations of this lens and stick within its practical limits, it provides much of the performance of the camera manufacturers' equivalents at a much lower price. If you're looking for a budget fast telezoom for low light or action work, then this is the lens for you.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Sample images for Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II
- 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: 4 year
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Well, I'm here to tell you that from what I've read, the professional reviews for this lens are spot on. That's good and bad, as anyone who's read them will know.
The good is that the autofocus in this lens is stellar. It's very fast, and is at least as fast as the Nikkor. The zoom ring and focusing rings are smooth, and the lens seems to be very well made, like all of my other Sigma lenses. Not only is the autofocus fast, it's quiet. It's really not that heavy, either, and I find it quite comfortable to use (compared to the 120-300, this thing is light as a feather, and it's weighted much better than the Nikkor). I also find the lens to be reasonably sharp through most of the zoom range, especially stopped down (as it is for most lenses, even Nikon). Yes, I did say through most of the zoom range.
The bad rears its ugly head at the long end of the zoom (which is really too bad, considering that's where you're likely to be keeping a lens such as this most of the time). At 200mm, this lens loses a lot of sharpness, and although stopping down does help a lot, it simply shouldn't be this bad. Are the photos unuseable? I wouldn't say that, and Photoshop can almost perform miracles in most cases. But what's worse than the sharpness (or lack thereof) is the chromatic abberation. There's a LOT. I mean, a LOT at 200mm.Read more ›
The best thing I've heard for people wanting to shoot sports since buying this "cheap copy" lens came from a professional on the sidelines the firtst time I used my new lens. He said to my question about the Nikon 70-200mm, "Honestly, I turn the VR off when I'm not doing still portrait shots because it gets out of whack when I start following a moving person."
Made me feel VERY content with my decision to buy the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
according to Sigma this lens has:
EX - EX Lens. Denotes superior build and optical quality (similar to Canon's "L" and Nikon's "G" specification).
APO - Apochromatic Lens. APO lenses minimize color aberration. The Sigma APO lenses are made using special low-dispersion glass, which helps to compensate for color aberration, allowing for sharper images.
DG - For full-frame digital and 35mm film cameras. The image circle on these lenses are suitable for full-frame digital and 35mm film cameras. Sigma has concentrated on the correction of distortion and aberrations.
IF - Internal Focus. Lenses with this designation move the inner lens group or groups without changing the lens' physical length to ensure stability in focusing.
CONV - APO Teleconverter EX. Lenses with this designation can be used with the Sigma APO Teleconverter EX. Using it will increase the focal length and it will interface with the camera's auto exposure function.
HSM - Hyper-Sonic Motor. HSM lenses use a motor driven by ultrasonic waves to provide quiet fast AF, Sigma's version of Canon's in-lens ultrasonic motor. HSM makes autofocus faster and facilitates simultaneous use of manual and autofocus.
And, in this price range, I also appreciate the fact that the focal range starts at 70mm -- and the macro feature works quite well at this range, too.
I have used it several times to shoot low light stage productions/dances. Taking hundreds of photos in a night, I haven't had any problems. It does really benefit from a monopod/tripod in these situations. Really, some sort of stabilization is required, so the included tripod mount is a must. Also, the lens is pretty heavy.
I came in to owning a Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF (basically the version before Nikon came out with the VR version) a week after I bought my Sigma. I like some characteristics of the Sigma a little better. The macro feature on the Sigma was superior, and the color was a slightly more true when photos were compared side by side (taken with same camera body).
I wish it had a hard case, the soft case doesn't give me a lot of confidence. Nikon's hard case for their lens is really awesome.
The auto focus worked well, fast, and generally accurate. I occasionally have difficulty tracking an object in low light. But not so much that it gets in the way of shooting. I didn't try the Nikon in this setting so I don't know if it would do the same thing. And I never owned a lens at this focal length before these lenses for comparison.
I am very satisfied, but the whole experience lacks that little bit of polish to make it perfect. Given the present alternatives, I would buy this lens again.
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Great lens. Sharp glass. Smooth focus. I only took one star away because there is still some of that ugly coating on the outside of the lens that sigma likes to use.Published on December 29, 2013 by Danny Morgner
I started photography and wanted a fast lens that gave good image quality. I didn't want to spend the money for Nikon, So this was an alternative. It does amazing work. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Kevin