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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD Large Aperture Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital DSLR Camera

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  • 70-200mm focal length, Minimum focus Distance - 1.40m/55.1 inch
  • 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, Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA mounts
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Compatible Mountings Canon EF Canon EF Canon EF Canon EF
Dimensions 3.39 inches x 7.76 inches x 3.39 inches 2.9 inches x 4.85 inches x 2.9 inches 3.27 inches x 3.5 inches x 3.27 inches 1.97 inches x 1.97 inches x 1.97 inches
Item Weight 3.15 pounds 1.6 pounds 1.29 pounds 0.88 pounds
Lens Zoom lens macro Prime lens Fixed
Maximum Aperture 2.8 2.8 f 2 f 1.6 inches
Max Focal Length 200 mm 100 16 mm 56
Min Aperture 22 32 22 1.6 inches
Min Focal Length 70 mm 100 16 mm 56
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DPReview Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Overview
DPReview Silver Award September 2010
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.
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Conclusion

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.

Reasons to buy

  • Very sharp across the frame when stopped down
  • Minimal color fringing or chromatic aberration
  • Fast, silent, and accurate autofocus with manual override
  • Very effective image stabilization
  • Decent build quality

Things to consider

  • Somewhat soft and low contrast edges at F2.8
  • Can give harsh rendition of out-of-focus backgrounds
  • No weather sealing
  • Susceptible to flare with light sources in or close to frame
  • Depth of field scale inaccurate at close focus distances

Suggested for

Budget-aware buyers looking for an optically-stabilized fast telephoto lens.

Not suggested for

Applications for which portability or discretion is more valuable than outright image quality. Event photographers who regularly shoot in wet or dusty weather.
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Product Description

Style: Canon Digital DSLR Camera

Product Description

Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 100 to 300mm with most cameras Offers Sigma's OS System (Optical Stabilization) allowing handheld photography even in low-light situation HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus FLD glass elements with performance equal to fluorite glass for compensate for color aberration

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Large aperture telephoto zoom lens incorporating Sigma's original Optical Stabilizer function

This large aperture telephoto zoom lens, incorporating Sigma's original Optical Stabilizer function, covers focal lengths from 70mm to 200mm and offers a constant aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range. The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. It makes shooting easy for many types of photography such as portraits and sports. Two FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite glass, and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of color aberration. Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. The lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring a quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. It is also possible to attach Sigma's optional APO Tele Converters.

Optical Stabilizer
No Optical Stabilizer (top). With Optical Stabilizer (bottom).
Super Multi-Layer Coating

The lens is equipped with Sigma's own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. This system offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, making telephoto shooting easy. Mode 1 is ideal for general photography and Mode 2 is designed for panning subjects such as racing cars. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject movement.

* For Pentax and Sony mounts, it is not possible to use the AF and the built-in OS function of this lens when attaching it to film SLR cameras as well as Pentax ist series and K100D.

* When using the OS function of a lens with a camera which incorporates a stabilizer unit, please turn the camera's stabilizer unit off.

* This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6 and Canon EOS-1v.

Compact construction

This lens has a compact construction with a diameter of 3.4in, overall length of 7.8in. and weight of 50.4oz. This compact and lightweight construction makes it ideal for many types of photography such as portraits, landscapes and sports.

Excellent Optical Performance
No Super Multi-Layer Coating (left). With Super Multi-Layer Coating (right).
Excellent Optical Performance

This lens features two FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements providing excellent correction of color aberration. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and ensures high contrast images. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.

* FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This optical glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. It also benefits from high anomalous dispersion.

These characteristics give excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum) which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass and ensures high definition and high contrast images.

Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
Hyper Sonic Motor
High speed and quiet AF

HSM indicates lenses equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor, driven by ultrasonic waves. Incorporation of HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus, while allowing full-time manual focus override.

* For Sony and Pentax mount, AF will not function with DSLR cameras that do not support HSM.

Rounded diaphragm
Rounded Diaphragm

This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive bokeh to the out of focus area.

Lens Construction
Lens Construction

In a conventional lens, focusing requires an extension of the entire lens or the front lens group. However, to better accommodate autofocusing mechanisms and closeup photography, a need has arisen for lenses that do not change their length during focusing or suffer from focus-dependent variation in aberration. Therefore, Sigma has developed focusing systems that only move elements within the lens barrel. These incorporate smaller and lighter moving lens elements which help improve auto-focus speed. With their unchanging barrel length and small variation in the center of gravity, these lenses also enhance balance and stability for the photographer. Furthermore, since the front of the lens does not rotate, polarizing filters can be used with extra convenience.

Specifications
Lens Construction 22 Elements in 17 Groups
Angle of View 34.3 - 12.3 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 140cm / 55.1in.
Maximum Magnification 1:8
Dimensions Diameter 86.4mm x Length 197.6mm /3.4in. x 7.8in.
Weight 1430g / 50.4oz.
MTF Chart

MTF (Modular Transfer Function) is one of the measurements that evaluates a lens' performance, and it contrasts sensitivity at different spacial frequencies. The horizontal axis is in millimeters and shows the distance from the center of the image toward the edges, and contrast value (highest value is 1) is shown in the vertical axis.

The readings at 10 lines per millimeter measure the lens' contrast ability (red lines), repeating fine parallel lines spaced at 30 lines per millimeter measure the lens' sharpness ability (green lines), when the aperture is wide open. Fine repeating line sets are created parallel to a diagonal line running from corner to corner of the frame, are called Sagittal lines (S) and sets of repeating lines vertical to these lines are drawn, called Meridional (M) line sets.

Distortion

effective distortion: When you take a picture of a lattice pattern, it will appear as the blue dotted line shows. the red line illustrates how the lattice pattern will appear in the actual picture when any lens distortion is taken into account.

relative distortion: In this chart, the horizontal axis shows the ideal image height (the distance from the center to the edge of the image [mm]). The vertical axis shows the extent of distortion. The extent of the distortion is represented by how much Y, which is the actual image height, grows (or shrinks) against Y0 which is the ideal image height.

Extent of distortion: D[%]=(Y-Y0/Y0)x100

When you take the picture of a square object, if the distortion amount show a minus value, the image will be seen as expanded (Barrel distortion). If the distortion amount is a plus value, it will be seen as a recessed (pincushi on distortion). When the distortion value is close to 0, the appearance of distortion is very minimal.

Vignetting

The horizontal axis shows the image height (the distance from the center to the edge of the image [mm]). The vertical axis shows the amount of light in the image (based on the amount of light in the image center being 100%). If the peripheral amount of light is lower than the center, the four corners of the image will be darker (vignetting).


Product Information

Style:Canon Digital DSLR Camera
Product Dimensions 7.8 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B003HC8V9A
Item model number 589101
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4.5 out of 5 stars 229 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #307 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com February 1, 2010

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Style Name: Canon Digital DSLR Camera
Probably like a lot of you right now, I agonized over this decision for about a year. As a Canon shooter, I have the good fortune to be able to outfit with an enormous range of the very best telephotos made. For around the same price as this lens, I could get the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM, one of the sharpest if not the sharpest lens produced in this category. For a whole lot less I could get either the f/4 or f/2.8 in non-stabilized form. And of course, the gold standard of photo journalists, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, albeit for a cool extra grand. There's even the excellent Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. What follows is yet another of my ILWR's (incredibly long winded reviews), make yourself comfortable!

So, why consider a third party lens at all? Well, if you're here you know it's because of the magic of f/2.8. All of that glass gives you twice the light of an f/4. We're also not all made of money. $1,000 extra is a lot of coin for a lens, especially when your livelihood doesn't depend on it. There are definite advantages to the Canon (or Nikkor) brands. Metal builds. Weather resistance (not waterproof). Guaranteed forward compatibility. Peace of mind. Oh yes, and that red ring for Canon shooters.

That said, I've come to like the Sigma brand as of late. They're upping their game and producing some of the very best macro lenses on the market, and a huge range of UWA lenses for crop-sensor cameras.
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12/15/2011 - Update. I've had this lens a whole year now and still love it - more every day. It is solid, fast and accurate. I'm kind of sorry I seem to have started quite a stir in my description of the Stabilization sound. It really is not bad at all. It was more of a first impression. No regrets on this lens.

I also have a TOKINA 11-16 f2.8, and a Canon 17-55 f2.8 These three lenses are all I need for quality shooting from ultrawide to telephoto. -TXJAVA

2/1/11 - update. Official price drop. New price now $1399 - that's more like it... If you have been on the fence with this lens, time to give it another look. I still love this lens. -TXJAVA

12/15/11 My apologies in advance for a long review. There are not a whole lot of reviews out there for this lens so I'm hoping I can help some others make a good decision. Summary: It is a great Lens, but perhaps not for everyone.

I have been watching this one since it was announced. I tried it out at the local Camera shop and fell in love with it. I decided at that moment, I was going to own this lens.
The initial drawback was always price. At $1699 (sixteen-ninety-nine) it seems a bit high. Yes, this is a quality lens with a 2.8 constant aperture throughout the zoom range and a very good OS optical stabilization (IS in Canon's terminology) but at that price it is only a few hundred less than the highly rated excellent Canon 70-200 2.8 IS ii. So I've been waiting patiently for the price to move.

Well one day, quite unexpectedly, the price at the "B" Camera vendor was $350 (three-fifty) less. Suddenly, at $1349 (thirteen-forty-nine) it was near my strike price (I think the lens should sell for $1200 or so).
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I came from owning the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and looking for something better since I do weddings and other events. The Tamron was unusable at f2.8 plus extreme corner unsharpness and lots of chromatic aberration. I was a little bit anxious if the Sigma OS might not be much better. Wrong! This lens is incredibly sharp. Even at f2.8. Even at 200mm. Impressive!

- How sharp is it? -
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). Maybe I have the best copy ever produced by Sigma - but what I'm saying is that none of the six prime lenses I ever owned was sharper wide-open.
If you stop it down a little bit to f4.0 it gets incredible sharp to a point that results are just limited by my camera sensor's resolution (using it on D300 and now on D700).

Corner sharpness: Towards the corners it's getting a little bit softer (affecting roughly the outer 25-30% of the image) but compared to my Sigma & Tamron 17-50mm (which is not a fair comparison though) it is quite acceptable. The corner unsharpness gets more significant the more you zoom in. And on a full frame sensor you will have more corner unsharpness than on a cropped sensor. For most uses of this lens the corner sharpness it not extremely significant. I didn't even notice the unsharpness until using this lens (on D700) for some group pictures at a wedding lately.
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