Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 MkII EX (Sigma AF) reviews: Lens

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This lens is a good all rounder.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 22 reviews.
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Some customer reviews of Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 MkII EX (Sigma AF)

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Peter, Manchester

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very well made lens and very smooth in operation. Fast and positive autofocus. Superb bokeh to make subjects 'jump' out of the photo. No optical stabilisation - BUT I haven't found that to be a problem! Simply superb
Bad points:
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- still thinking if I could find one - oh yes - it doesn't make tea!!!!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II Macro APO HSM is a very well built optic with an all metal body that makes it look and feel every bit a professional lens. It is fairly heavy but is well designed, with nicely wide zoom and focus rings that are easy to reach and smooth in operation. One of the best points is the lens collar that comes supplied with the lens. This is also made entirely of metal and is very easy to use: one twist loosens the collar, allowing the lens (and camera) to be rotated into portrait orientation, and by pulling the adjustment knob away from the lens it can be removed when not in use i.e when handholding. Naturally the advantage of the lens collar is that portrait shots can be taken quickly when rotating from landscape orientation without destabilising the camera setup when working off a tripod. In terms of image quality the Sigma 70-200mm puts in a very admirable performance, offering crisp images with nice contrast and excellent bokeh. Even wide open at f/2.8 photos are very usable but you really get to see what it is capable of when stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8. For me the close focussing capability of 100cm is very useful when frame-filling shots of smaller subjects are needed. Another point worthy of a mention is that the filter thread diameter of 77mm puts it in line with many other high quality lenses around, making use of several optics along with filters a much less expensive business.
Bad points:
There aren't that many areas where this Sigma lens falls short. It can be noticeably soft towards the edges of the frame when shooting open at f/2.8 and there is visible Chromatic Aberration (fringing) along high-contrast parts of images. This latter problem is much less of an issue if photos are shot in RAW mode on digital cameras as CA can easily be removed in RAW editing software like Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Lightroom etc. It is possible that some of the more expensive alternatives such as L-series offerings from Canon may suffer from this to a lesser degree out- of- camera but these cost considerably more and anyway the Sigma's Low Dispersion Glass elements do a good job of keeping it to a minimum. Overall, this isn't a major issue in my opinion. The only other thing is that, being a heavy unit, it can feel slightly front-heavy when it is used on smaller, lighter cameras (such as my Canon EOS 450D) and feels much more at home on a bulkier camera (such as my EOS 3 film SLR or EOS 7D) That's about it!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jan 2011

Jon, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Really fast glass and I'm already really excited about the possibilities if offers. Great for taking shots of wildlife and to get really tight on the subject.
Bad points:
A little on the heavy side and the autofocus eats up the battery life. But I'm still really really pleased with it.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Dec 2010

Thomas, Stansted, Essex Vogue Featured Wedding Photographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Absolutely cracking pin sharp images, great colour rendition and minimal chromatic aberration. Super-quiet AF.

This lens gives Canon's L series equivalent a serious run for its money - at almost half the price.
Bad points:
AF drains battery much faster than other lenses.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 May 2012

Confirmed purchaser advanced user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
wide aperture, sharp image from f5.6,
Bad points:
focus in low light hunting at times
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 May 2011

Panuccio, Finland

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
2.8 apperture - fast, very very good value for money!
Bad points:
some of these have focusing problems
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Jun 2011

Robert, Leeds West Yorkshire Designer and fine artist

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Firstly, love the price! Considering similar/same optics in 'badged' lenses its a fantastic buy. The legacy of Sigma for their high end optics (whether made in the UK or abroad) makes them a worthy contender amongst other top end brands for performance, quality and build. The autofocus is fast, clean and efficient and the lens real easy to use. I love it and my results I'm getting as well.
Bad points:
I find it a little heavy but then I guess all zooms are! In a way, any lighter and you might well think it was not as substantial as it is now - for the results i'm getting, i'll get used to it! thank you Sigma!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Apr 2011

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