Sigma 70-200 F2.8 HSM II Review

February 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hello all, I have recently purchased the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 HSM II, I have had it now for about 2 weeks and I have taken it with me on some of my recent shoots. Below is my review of the lens so far:

Sigma 70-200 F2.8 History

  • 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO - Original version, minimum focus distance 1.8m (1999)
  • 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG - Adds 'digitally optimized' lens coatings to reduce flare (2005)
  • 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro (HSM) - Minimum focus distance reduced to 1m (2006)
  • 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II - Improved optical performance (2007)

Headline Features

  • 70-200mm focal length range; fast F2.8 constant maximum aperture
  • HSM (ultrasonic type) autofocus with full-time manual override
  • To be available in Canon, Nikon, Four Thirds, Pentax, Sigma and Sony/Minolta mounts

Specifications 

 

Street price $800
Date introduced December 2007
Maximum format size 35mm full frame
Focal length 70-200mm
35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C) 105-300mm (1.5x)
112-320mm (1.6x)
Diagonal Angle of view (FF) 34º - 12º
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 23º - 8º
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction • 18 elements/15 groups
• 2 ELD elements
• 2 SLD elements
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum focus 1m
Maximum magnification 0.28x at 200mm
AF motor type • Ring-type ultrasonic
• Full-time manual focus
Focus method Internal
Zoom method Internal
Image stabilization • None
Filter thread • 77mm
• Does not rotate on focus
Supplied accessories • Front and rear caps
• Lens Hood
• Soft Case
Optional accessories Compatible with Sigma 1.4x and 2.0x EX APO teleconverters
Weight 1390g (49.0 oz)
Dimensions 86.6mm diameter x 184mm length
(3.4 x 7.2 in)
Lens Mount Canon, Nikon, Four Thirds, Pentax, Sigma, Sony

 

This, so far, has been a fantastic lens. It looks big, and bulky, but I have had no problems carrying it around, I also have a Black-rapid strap that helps me out a lot as well. The zoom ring and focal ring are fluid, you can turn these both with no effort-makes shooting a breeze. The bokeh that the lens produces is beautiful, it separates the background and subject beautifully. 

I can fully recommend this lens to both crop sensor users and full frame users. It is a lot cheaper than it's competition, and creates the same or better bokeh than the Nikon or Cannon versions of this lens. It performs wonderfully, I don't see why you would waste your money on Nikon or Cannon versions-maybe someone can enlighten me in the Comments. 

If anyone has questions about this lens, or Photography in general, please don't hesitate to write me, you can do this through Facebook, Twitter, or through this site :)

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