Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM
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Sigma's 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS: Good quality, competitive price
29 March 2013
Summary: Versatile, sturdy, and built with high-quality optics, the Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM offers a good value, although it's not exactly cheap.
Pros: The Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM has the fast f2.8 aperture of in-house competitors, but not their high price. It delivers effective image stabilization, as well as solid sharpness, bokeh, and durability.
Cons: It lacks weather sealing, and the autofocus falls a step short.
Conclusion: A pleasing improvement over it’s predecessor which is well built despite the weight saving. It feels right. The petal hood is also an improvement that is a better fit, especially when reversed. The addition of HSM makes a considerable improvement to the autofocus speed. The weight and size made this a comfortable lens to keep on the camera all day when appropriate.
Pros: Optical quality, Weight and balance, Performance with converters, Tripod mount.
Cons: Competing against stabilised lenses/ no stabilisation, Autofocus slightly slower than marque lenses.
Excerpt: An updating of its pro-quality 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO zoom of the mid 1990's, Sigma's new 70-200mm f/2.8 EX macro zoom offers improved lens coatings for suppressing internal flare and ghosting, dramatically improved close-focusing capability, and higher-quality glass for controlling chromatic aberration.
Excerpt: An update of Sigma's pro-quality 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX zoom of the late 1990s, Sigma's new 70-200mm f/2.8 full-frame, digitally-optimized (DG) macro zoom ($889, street) offers improved coatings for suppressing flare, dramatically closer focusing, and "full-time" manual focus that allows manual touch-up, even when set to AF.
Summary: We have owned an earlier version of this lens for five years and it has given total satisfaction. Our version does not have optical image stabilisation and there is no doubt that the OIS makes an already good lens better.
Pros: We tested the lens on a Nikon with APS-C sensor where it performed brilliantly with excellent sharpness, great resolution, fast and accurate auto-focus and altogether a luxurious feel. There is no noticeable distortion or chromatic aberrations. We like the tripod mount collar that makes it so easy to swing the camera from landscape to portrait orientation. The bokeh (out of focus background highlights) is soft and attractive.
Cons: The colour bias of the lens is just on the cool shade of neutral. This is easily corrected but some people may prefer a lens with warmer colour characteristics.
Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO macro (Nikon) - Review / Test Report
3 June 2008
Conclusion: The Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO macro is pretty impressive large aperture tele zoom lens. The resolution figures are on a very good to excellent level and neither distortions, vignetting nor CAs are really field relevant on an APS-C DSLR. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is pretty smooth and buttery - certainly an important aspect here. The mechanical quality of the lens is excellent and the HSM AF drive is both fast and near silent.
Summary: Pewną wskazówką odnośnie wyboru może być nasza preferencja odnośnie
danej ogniskowej. Jeśli więcej zdjęć robimy na krótkim końcu, lepiej
chyba zainwestować w Sigmę, jeśli częściej wykorzystujemy okolice 200
mm, Canon da nam więcej satysfakcji. Więcej nie jesteśmy w stanie
doradzić. Osiołkowi w żłoby dano...
Pros: rewelacyjna jakość obrazu w centrum kadru,, bardzo dobra jakość obrazu na brzegu kadru dla ogniskowej 70 mm,, świetnie kontrolowana koma,, znikomy astygmatyzm,, praktycznie niezauważalna dystorsja,, małe winietowanie,, dość dobra praca pod ostre światło,, świetnej jakości solidna obudowa,, szybki, cichy i sprawny autofokus,, bogate standardowe wyposażenie (łącznik statywowy, osłona przeciwsłoneczna, futerał),, 3-letnia gwarancja (za dopłatą możliwa do przedłużenia o k...
Cons: niezadowalająca jakość obrazu na brzegu kadru dla 200 mm,, duża aberracja chromatyczna,