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Sigma70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • Rugged (3)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (3)
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    1.0

    Garbage

    By Brandon

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Semi-Professional

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    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Low Quality
    • Slow Focus
    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Return for a Refund
    • Use as a Door Stop
    • Use as a Paper Wieght

    Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System:

    I bought this lens as a cheap alternative to an Olympus 90-250mm 2.8 I shoot mainly sports and require a fast lens that can preform at wide open as well as low light situations.

    The only good thing about this lens is the price, other than that it has no positive qualities.

    Here comes the list of bad things, lens preforms horrible at 200mm it is totally useless wide open or stopped down. I had it mounted to an E-3 that shoots 5 fps with this lens it slowed the body down to maybe 3 fps. I was only able to get a half way decent image at 70mm the more you zoom the worse it becomes. At 200mm focusing becomes near impossible I would have to back the lens out to 70mm focus, move to mid focal length of about 125mm focus again and then finally 200mm. Images at all focal lengths were riddled with chromatic aberration.

    You are better off getting the 50-200mm Olympus lens for a bit more money. It's just a shame it's not a 2.8 throughout.

    If you don't want to take my word for it buy the lens and give it a shot you might get a better version than the one I received. B&H is great and has a wonderful return policy so there's nothing to loose

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Pav

    from Longueuil, Qc., Canada

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Quick Focus
    • Rugged
    • Sharp Focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System:

      I bought this lens from B&H, for low-light concert conditions and it did the job very well. The shipping to Canada was pretty fast, less than 48 hours after I passed the order.

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      5.0

      good value for money

      By Mikhail

      from Russia

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Parfocal lens
      • Quick Focus
      • Rugged
      • Sharp Focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • CA behind focal plane
      • Goes to 1m on focus lost
      • Heavy
      • Smooth after 135mm

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife
      • With 2x teleconverter

      Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System:

      I'm using sigma 70-200mm 1:2.8 II MACRO HSM with Pansonic DMC-L1 camera. I was wonder that it is possible to shooting at 135-200mm without any stabilizations! This lens also have constant focusing distance during zoom range. APO is working. Sharpness good from f4 to f16 at 70-135mm. It can be used at f2.8 also - there is no dramatic sharpness loss.

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      4.0

      Good Tele Zoom

      By b08rsa

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Semi-Professional

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System:

      I shoot mainly youth soccer. Great zoom for small sided soccer fields. I like the f2.8 through the zoom, but slow to focus in Auto mode. Good bang for the buck to get into the action without paying top dollar.

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      5.0

      Fast, Smooth, Quite, Quality Optics

      By Botswana Bound

      from Cleveland, OH

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast - constant f - 28
      • Internal Focus

      Cons

      • Lens cap tough with hood
      • No red aignment "bump"

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System:

        I settled on an Olympus E-30 for safari wildlife photography because Sigma made this lens for it. I need a fast lens because light is precious and rare early in the morning when the animals are active, and, because I sometimes use a 2x Olympus teleconverter which costs me 2 stops (but leaves me with a very acceptable 140-400mm f/5.6 which my Dad's 35mm would see as 280-800mm because of the E-30's 2.0 crop factor, which is WAY better than his kit). The Hypersonic (vibrating) autofocus motor is silent and fast and power-thrifty, the internal focus is REALLY nice because the polarizing filter and the scalloped hood stay aligned properly, and Sigma used enough low-dispersion glass and aspheric lens surfaces to produce a really, really sharp image right across the full aperture at any zoom. Why didn't Olympus make a lens with these features? Other reviewers have cautioned about Sigma quality control problems: My lens performed to specifications out of the box without problems (maybe Sigma read those reviews too and hired a new Inspector 30?).

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        5.0

        Great Tele-Zoom

        By JW

        from Ramstein, Germany

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        Pros

        • Quiet focus
        • Sharp Focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Four Thirds System:

          I pre-ordered this lens as soon as BH made it available. I've owned it for one week and a half, but it was definitely worth the wait. I haven't put it through its paces nor have I tested its ruggedness, but it seems to be a solid lens. It's sharp, focuses faster than the three lenses I own and it's very quiet. I like the constant (fast aperture) and the bokeh is good. It will be somewhat heavy if you're moving up from kit lenses, but it isn't unbearable. I've used it handheld with my E-300, but for best results I use my tripod or monopod. The addition of a tripod collar and carrying case are nice touches. One note is that I can't use the HLD-3 battery grip when the lens is used the collar on a mono or tripod, but this is no show stopper. Overall it’s a great value and alternative to the 50-200.

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