Reviews and Problems with Sigma 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM
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19 November 2011
Conclusion: The closest focus distance is 110cm, which enables a maximum magnification factor of 0.22x at the 200mm zoom setting. Focusing is internal, so the front element neither extends nor rotates, making it ideal for use with a circular polariser or other rotation-sensitive filter.
Pros: Small but not too lightweight, HSM autofocus and optical stabiliser, Includes a focus distance scale, often omitted on budget lenses
Cons: Lack of outright sharpness at 200mm focal length, Stabilisation only consistently gave a 3-stop advantage in our tests, Not compatible with full-frame cameras
Excerpt: Gary Wolstenholme gives the Sigma 50-200mm a look over with his expert eye. Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DC OS HSM: Handling and features After purchasing a DSLR, many people will add a telephoto zoom to their kit bag at some point in time.
Summary: Overall this is clearly an impressive lens – especially given its remarkably low price. Admittedly it doesn’t have the feel of a top-flight professional zoom but neither does it feel flimsy or exhibit any serious weaknesses when used within its own limitations.