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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Zoom Lens for Canon 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||Canon EF|
|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||1.38 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||3.06 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|
|Shipping Weight||4.06 pounds|
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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From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 70 to 200mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.8
- Minimum aperture: f/22
- Lens construction: 18 elements in 15 groups
- Angle of view: 34.3 to 12.3 degrees
- Number of diaphragm blades: 9
- Minimum focusing distance: 39.4 inches
- Maximum magnification: 1:3.5
- Filter size: 77mm
- Hood: Petal type
- Corresponding AF mounts: Canon
- Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.3 inches long
- Weight: 48.3 ounces
- Warranty: 4 year
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are making the decision about which lens to buy, try this lens out. With Amazon's great customer service, if the lens doesn't work out send it back. But I am pretty sure you will keep it. I would encourage you to try this lens out before dropping almost $1000 more for the Canon counterpart.
Great image quality, fast autofocus, good performance indoors and outdoors, rugged build quality, smooth zoom and focus rings, all at a reasonable price for a lens in this class.
What not to expect:
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS MkII quality images.
You can't buy a lens like this and expect the same kind of pictures you would get from an L series lens, it's just not going to happen. However, you can expect excellent performance and pictures worth hanging in your home, or even pictures to be published in newspapers if you're like me.
I used this lens as a freelancing professional for two years, and it was fantastic. I could keep it mounted on one of my Canon bodies, sling it over my shoulder and not worry if it bumped up against something. Actually, the build quality is so good, you might worry about whatever this lens bumps up against. Be careful around cars.
The hypersonic autofocus motor makes life a whole lot easier when you're doing candid photography or sports. It finds what you're trying to take a picture of and focuses in lightning quick, all while being silent. With an aperture at 2.8, you can take pictures in almost any lighting situation. No image stabilizer, but that's nothing a monopod can't fix. The tripod mount comes right off because it's hinged, and I wish my Canon lens did that. Keeps you from having to dismount the lens and risk getting dust on the rear lens element or on your imaging censor.
It's a little heavy, but you have to expect that with good lenses. Quality optical glass has some weight to it. You're not likely to wear yourself out handling it, even if you're out shooting for a few hours.
Should you spend four times as much as this on a first-party lens with image stabilization? Not unless you have the bucks to burn and you're going to do this for a living for the rest of your life, and get a whole lot of money doing it. Even if you're a pro, this is a great lens and worth every penny. If you're thinking about shooting weddings or doing other professional work, and you don't have the money for Canon's L series glass, this is your alternative. Not to mention, it's a perfectly good alternative that will more than do the job, it will astound you how you got such great images on a 70-200 2.8 at this price.
Things to mind about one member of the competition: Tamron's equivalent doesn't have the hypersonic motor, which means it doesn't focus quite as fast, and it's also louder. Once you shoot with a HS, it's amazing how much of a difference it makes to you whether or not you can hear an autofocus servo activate.
Is it a good macro lens? Well, it's not bad, but it's not great. Don't expect National Geographic quality macro shots, but it does OK with close detail shots. I'm not sure there is a good telezoom in this range that is truly a good macro lens. Macro lenses are highly specialized, and they're also very expensive.
Worth the money and performs exceptionally for the price. You won't be sorry with this purchase.
Excellent lens! It produces colors that are very rich and natural. This lens is sharp! I have not seen any lens aberration flaws whatsoever, even at 200% crops! The lens collar is a quick release type that is very easy to remove. The lens feels good while being held. This lens (like all others in its class) is heavy; but a lot of fun to shoot with. The bokeh is excellent. I like the non-conspicuous black frame which mates nicely with my 40d. The build quality is top notch and luxurious. It can easily become a favorite lens to shoot with. Highly recommended.
I like the internal focusing feature. Comes with tripod mount ring and a lens hood.