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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony

Price: $1,399.00
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Product Highlights
  • Up to 4 Stops of Optical Stabilization
  • Optimized for Sony Full-Frame DSLRs
  • Auto and Manual Focus
  • Super Multi-Layer Lens Coating
  • Fast f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • Fast & Quiet Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM)
  • 77mm Filter Size
  • Excellent for Action/Low-Light Shooting
  • 55.1" (140cm) Close Focusing Distance
  • Lens Hood & Adapter Included

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony is the second generation of large-aperture telephoto zoom lenses incorporating Sigma's OS (Optical Stabilizer) anti-shake system. It offers the equivalent of shooting at shutter speeds 3 to 4 stops slower than without OS, thus allowing handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions. Its HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focusing.

It features a large maximum aperture of f/2.8 that remains constant throughout the zoom range, making it incredibly valuable when shooting in low light situations such as wedding or other events. It is also great when shooting fast-moving subjects such as sports, when fast shutter speeds are needed to capture fleeting moments. The 70-200mm f/2.8 is fast and versatile and at a length of 7.8 (19.8cm) will be a tool that seldom sees the inside of your camera bag. The lens comes with a petal-type lens hood plus an adapter to extend its length for users with APS-c cameras.

Note: This lens is optimized for full-frame Sony DSLRs and may also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors but it will increase focal length to about 100-300mm with most cameras.

Note: When using the OS function of the lens with a camera which incorporates a stabilizer unit, please turn the camera's stabilizer unit off.

Note! Optical Stabilizer (OS) function will not work with film SLR cameras.

Sigma's New APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the second generation of this large aperture telephoto zoom lens now incorporating Sigma's Optical Stabilization (OS) anti-shake system. It uses two sensors inside the lens to detect vertical and horizontal movement of the camera. It works by moving an optical image stabilizing lens group, to effectively compensate for camera shake.
Two FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to expensive fluorite glass, and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, combine to provide excellent reduction of aberrations and image quality.
The rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out of focus images (bokeh).
Sigma has managed to make the lens more compact than its predecessor, measuring only 7.8" (8.64cm) in length.
The Super Multi-Layer lens coating reduces flare ghosting and assures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range.
The exterior of this lens is EX-finished to denote the superior build and optical quality, and to enhance its appearance.
The lens DG designation translates to large-aperture lenses with wide angles and short minimum focusing distances. With an abundance of peripheral illumination, they are ideal lenses for Digital SLR Cameras while retaining suitability for traditional 35mm SLRs.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 200mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 34.3° - 12.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.59' (1.40 m)
Magnification 0.125x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 22/17
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.4 x 7.8" (8.64 x 19.81 cm)
Weight 3.15 lb (1.43 kg)
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Hood Adapter
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony
     
    4.7

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Nice bokeh (10)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Durable (8)

    Cons

    • Heavy (10)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (15)
    • Wildlife photos (11)
    • Low light (10)
    • Weddings (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    5.0

    Fast!

    By RR

    from East Haven CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bargain Price From Bh

    Cons

    • Teleconverter Discontinue

    Best Uses

    • Fast Action Low Light

    Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

    Just the right size and weight

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Jeff

    from Seattle

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

      I have only used this lens a few times since I received it but I have been pleasantly surprised. I have used it indoors at a sporting event and outdoors. Pictures were crisp and clear, focus was accurate and the bokah was superb.

      I am looking forward to taking it to the Eastern Sierras in a week.

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      4.0

      Fantastic Lens

      By Pat Coux

      from Hamilton Ontario Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

      This lens is a great fit for any sony dslr/slt. It has gotten me amazing photos that i print with barely any editing. It delivers great contrast and attractive bokeh at f2.8. If you want tack sharp photos, stop it down to f4-5.6. The reason i gave this lens a 4/5 is because for its price, i believe it should have weather sealing to go along with high quality bodies like my a77. Other than that this lens performs great in any situation. Good job Sigma.

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      5.0

      Great Value

      By Travel Doc

      from Baltimore, MD

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

      Great and fast focus. Solid construction. Great value for the money. Lens is a bit heavy but can get use to. Mainly used for outdoor photography and sports photography.

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      5.0

      I like this lens!

      By Slick

      from FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

        Well made with quick focus and great IS too!

        It is heavy, but I would but it again.

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        5.0

        IS Strong!

        By AZ Mac

        from Ash Fork, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

          I purchased this lens to match with my Sony A65. My intent is to use the lens for portrait and "backyard" wildlife. Living in northern Arizona we have a variety of birds and mammals that migrate through, especially in the fall and winter months, which provide great opportunities.
          Attached are a couple of shots of blue birds that stopped by. Though the photos aren't the best, what I think is incredible is that they were shot with the following settings. 200mm f/4.0 ISO 100, and the shutter speed at 1/80. I know if broke the shutter speed rule, but, I wanted to test the IS on the lens. And it performed extremely well.
          Now, the Sony does have an internal stabilization (steady shot), but, this was turned off, allowing only the lens to perform the task.
          One final note. The auto focus was very fast and quiet.

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          5.0

          Everything I Expected

          By Bill

          from Georgetown, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

          I use the lens for sports photos indoors where flash cannot be used. Have a SONY A65. The lens has performed very well, focuses fast and gives me the range I need out at the long end. Would recommend it to anyone. It is heavy but there's no alternative I know of. I could use a monopod but choose not to. Glad I got the lens, was using a straight 135mm before but needed the zoom.

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          5.0

          Sharp and quiet

          By Tecky guy

          from Tustin, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

          I found this lens a great companion to my Sony A99; lens gets in focus very quickly, smoothly and quietly. Did not need to do Focus calibration since it is sharp at first use right out of the box. The great thing is the performance of its OS. I disable the Sony Steady Shot feature and use the OS on this lens instead and found the lens internal stabilization far superior than the in-camera function - for these focal ranges. Lens is a bit heavy but I expect it is about the same as that of Canon, mark II.

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          5.0

          Everything I Expected!

          By Tseller

          from Norman, OK

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Great Speed
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

          I bought this to take to Alaska. We go in 10 days, so in the meantime, I've done some practicing and have been very pleased with the quality of the outcomes. Have enlarged some prints take at long distances and live the precise depth of field produced. Look forward to using it to shoot wildlife in Alaska. The quiet speed that it focuses with is a bit of a surprise. I am very happy with it.

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          5.0

          Great for low light situations

          By Avid Hobbiest

          from Honolulu, HI

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

            I recently used this zoom at a high school graduation. The photos were shot from the stands to the field during the evening. The lighting was bad with lots of dark areas from shadows caused by buildings. The photos that I took were clear and not grainy like I experience with my old zoom. I'm sure with more practice this zoom will give me even better photos.

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            4.0

            Works well with Sony VG900

            By Steve B

            from Perth, Western Australia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Full Frame On Vg900
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Optical Stabilizer
            • Price
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Focus Ring Is A Bit Stiff

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

            Used with the Sony Alpha Mount adaptor, this lens looks great on the VG900 full frame. Really clean image in low light.

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            4.0

            Works great for evening baseball

            By Hank

            from Lynchburg, Virginia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

              I bought this lens to shoot baseball under the lights. I use it on a Sony A77 and have been able to freeze action using higher ISOs like 1600 and 3200 with very good results. The focus is faster than my Sigma 120-400 that I use for the same purpose but during day shooting. I use the 70-200 mainly from the dugout, behind the backstop and along the baselines. It doesn't have enough reach for the outfielders, so I try to get those shots during day games with my longer lens. All around it is a very serviceable lens for my purpose. I prefer it to the 120-400 for its lighter weight and faster focusing. I can hand hold it just fine, but usually I use a monopod to shoot games.

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              4.0

              Nice lens! Better than the sony

              By Ralph

              from Hollywood

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video

                Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                I got his lens because the Sony G 70 to 200 lens does not have Image stabilizer in it. Also I use it for video too and it tracks focus very well. The Sony zoom lost focus as soon as you change the zoom setting.Tracking autofocus was just as good as the Sony . The manual focus is very nice and does not shift the image when you reverse direction. build is fine and when I tested it against my Nikon 70to200 VR (Version 1) the Sigma was sharper and had more contrast. I use this lens on a NEX6 and FS 700 with the LA2 adapter. Lens hood a little plastic with no lock latch like the nikons.

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                5.0

                Great zoom lens

                By Totoro

                from Montreal, QC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                  Using this lens in alpha mount with a77. Great image quality at all fstops and focal lengths I tried although it might be worth mentioning I gave up on pixel peeping a while ago. That being said, I am very pleased with its iq, af and is in all situations I tried. As expected, this lens shines in normal lighting conditions but is fast enough in most difficult situations as well. I also find the in-lens image stabilization better than what the camera provides.
                  I wish it had weather sealing, hopefully the next iteration will bring that. A focus switch would be nice too.

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                  4.0

                  works for me

                  By .

                  from MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                  very happy with the speed and clarity of this lens. I looked at the equivalent versions from Sony and Tamron and this offered a good balance of price / performance. The zoom control is in a much more natural position and speed of focus is much better than Tamron. While you will never do better with compatibility by sticking with the same brand name, I could not justify the extra price. I am happy with this lens and would recommend it to others

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                  4.0

                  Solid, steady and sharp

                  By Gil

                  from Northern NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                  This lens makes the Tamron 70-200 feel like a toy. Don't get me wrong though, the Tamron puts out some great images, but the Sigma construction is superior. I tested the OS on my Sony A77 and it definitely outperforms the in-camera stabilization. You can see the stabilization occurring in the viewfinder. Something I never noticed with in-camera stabilization.

                  As other reviews may have mentioned it's very sharp, but it's a bit soft at 200/2.8. Stopping down to F4 brings it back in line.

                  Autofocus is very fast and silent. A huge improvement over the Tamron.

                  Macro ability is not a strong suit, but good enough. It's a telephoto zoom lens amirite?

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Phototaker

                  from Lancaster, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                  Have already taken several thousand pictures with it in 3 weeks. It was purchased with the Sony v77 and they have been a good match. Looking forward to more photo taking. A bit heavy but I expected that.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent lense

                  By PE

                  from Decatur, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                  I use this lense on a daily basis for events such as sports, church, etc. It balances well with my Sony a77 camera. I have not had it long enough to give any negatives. I really do like the lense even when I compare it to the Sony lense that sells for more.

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                  5.0

                  I'm surprised there are no other reviews

                  By bluebob951

                  from Poway, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Sony:

                  Yes, this lens is heavy and big, but it is well worth it. The pictures are all sharp and f/2.8 is great for bokeh and low light photography. the os is great, it amazes me the the shakiness stops when the shutter button is halfed press. It's front heavy on the a55, but thats already a small camera the lens is huge on it but I like the feeling. aspc senors dont really need the extender, its just more of a hassle to bring around I leave in the carrying case it came with.

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