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Sigma70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Canon
 
4.7

(based on 121 reviews)

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    (27)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (86)
  • Strong construction (73)
  • Consistent output (64)
  • Nice bokeh (64)
  • Durable (52)

Cons

  • Heavy (59)
  • Slow focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (84)
  • Low light (74)
  • Weddings (67)
  • Wildlife photos (58)
  • Landscape/scenery (46)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (40), Photo enthusiast (34), Pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (106), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Five-Stars Based on Performance & Price

I've now used this lens for over 6 months and highly recommend it! First of all, I shoot on a crop-sensor Canon 60D. The Sigma is very sharp at f2.8 and goes to...Read complete review

I've now used this lens for over 6 months and highly recommend it! First of all, I shoot on a crop-sensor Canon 60D. The Sigma is very sharp at f2.8 and goes to another level in the f4.0-8.0 range. I have blown up images to 14"x14" for a calendar and they are crisp corner-to-corner. My primary lens is a Canon 24-105mm L and I can comfortably say that this Sigma has a higher level of image quality the Canon L cannot match. The bokeh is creamy, the build is rock-solid, the tripod collar is strong & easy to use, and I really like the padded bag for storage. The auto focus is very fast and accurate – I took the lens to the NHRA drag races and could track approaching top-fuel dragsters off the line. And honestly, I like the black finish – I don't want to advertise expensive gear with a white lens.I asked myself the question: "Would the Canon give me pictures that are one-thousand dollars better?" I am not a professional so I would never see a return on the additional investment. I used the money I saved to buy a set of macro tubes, polarizing filter, and a very nice tripod & ball-head set (with money to spare). Honestly, I believe I will have better images with the Sigma and supporting gear vs. what I could have gotten with the slightly-sharper Canon alone. (By-the-way, the Sigma ROCKS as a macro lens when combined with Kenko macro tubes – the tubes retain the sharpness and cut the focusing distance down to just a few centimeters.)I have not used this lens on a full-frame camera and cannot comment about this lens to those users. Most reviews say this lens is soft on full-frame edges at 2.8. Since I use a crop-sensor, this is not an issue at all – the Sigma is sharp corner-to-corner at 2.8. If I had to find a fault, it would be the lack of weather sealing. But when I consider the price, build quality, and image quality on my crop-sensor – I am comfortable with giving this lens 5 stars!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice lens, but not for me and my 7d

I have both good and bad to say about this lens. I will start by saying that I am shooting with a Canon 7d mostly using the kit supplied 28-135 , I must...Read complete review

I have both good and bad to say about this lens. I will start by saying that I am shooting with a Canon 7d mostly using the kit supplied 28-135 , I must have gotten lucky with my copy, it gives me great quality, crisp and clear and for me the range of this lens is perfect, if it came in an f2.8l series I think I could work with just one lens, so my mission is to start adding pro quality f 2.8 lenses.
I read every review on every web site about the Sigma 24-70 and I tried it, please see my review under that lens , to sum it up, I got mostly blurry shots with that lens, I thought wow, I must really need the image stabilization after all, I can,t get a clear shot here. So I sent it back and decided to try the Sigma 70-200 lens, I just can't justify the $2500 price tag of the Canon, and so many of you have given the Sigma great reviews, I though the price was fair so I ordered it.
I think the lens is a thing of beauty, the finish is top quality , I thought the feel of the lens was perfect, it fit my hand like it was custom made for me, the monopod collar fit right into the palm of my hand, the zoom ring was perfectly positioned for my fingers and it adjusted easily and smoothly, It fit on the camera body nice and tight, some of you have mentioned that it had a loose feel, mine was great.
The lens hood was fine and the lens just looks awesome , also the HSM focusing was totally silent and very fast. Some have said, it's very heavy, of course it's heavy, the lens is a foot long and it's high quality, I found the weight to be a bonus, made it easy to balance and hold on to.
But now for the important part, how do the shots look?
For the sake of argument, i am a good photographer, doing mostly senior portraits, theatrical headshots, and I have done five weddings, all outdoor events, but now I have two Fall weddings booked , both in churches, so it's time for me to get the top of the line glass.
I started using one of my daughters as a volunteer model, took dozens of shots, trying various f stops and shutter speeds, flash , no flash, zoom in , zoom out, I got a few great shots, but again lots of blurry shots.
Now I know the Sigma shows as a full frame lens, but is also listed for the crop sensor cameras, such as the 7d, but it should be able to focus correctly, it is being sold for a Canon camera after all.
Round two. For this test I wanted to shoot at f2.8 because that is what I am buying the lens to do..low light shooting.
I went to a dog agility event indoors, with those big sodium lights, perfect for a good f2.8 lens.
I shot at f2.8' about 1/500. To 1/640 shutter speed, various iso settings but the camera seemed to like 800 to 1200 iso, I thought I was doing great, I loaded the shots into my 27 iMac expecting to be knocked out, but instead I had not ONE tack sharp image.
I don't mean blurry dog because of how fast he was running, I mean the entire shot, soft and some just plain blurry. Not ONE usable shot!
I know you might be saying, use your micro focus adjustment to fix it , but no.
The lens Just will not give me sharp shots. If I had taken my new lens and shot a wedding with these results, I would have a nightmare on my hands.
So here is the bottom line, some of you are getting good results with this lens, and I wish it worked for me, I would have loved to own this lens and maybe if you are shooting with a 5d Mll, full frame, the lens might be your answer.
But speaking just for me and my Canon 7d, it just won't do the job.
If you decide to try this lens make sure you give it a good workout test session BEFORE a real job.
I'm ordering the Canon 24-70L f2.8 and I will save up again and hope for a price drop on the canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM.
Also as a parting note, I tried various focusing modes at the dog event, I know how to use my camera, I never have trouble with focus, the Sigma lens just won't sync up with my 7d
I hope this helps any other shooters who are looking at this lens.

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4.0

Great Lens, but NOT an L Lens.

By Scott

from Allentown, PA

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    If you're like so many people, you probably came across this lens after looking at the 2.8L ii Canon lens, and are saying to yourself "it's half the cost, it's probably just as good". Continue reading...First off, let me say this is a great lens, that is well built, and does an awesome job for it's extremely affordable price point. We've used this with a Mark iii and a Mark ii for the last year or so. We bought 2 of these lenses because we couldn't afford to buy two of the Canon 70-200 2.8 L ii Lenses. These lenses did an awesome job for us, and we've been very happy with them. Recently, I purchased the L lens and had a chance to truly compare the two. Let me say with 100% honesty, there is NO comparison. The 70-200 2.8 L ii lens blows this out of the water. It's not that this is not a great lens, but it's simply that the 70-200 L ii lens IS an INCREDIBLE lens. I will not directly compare them because the sigma is half the cost, and I don't think that's a fair comparison. However, with 100% honesty, from some one who owned/owns both. If you can afford the 70-200 2.8L ii Lens,do it. It's sharper, brighter, more accurate colors, much nicer focus ring, and build. If you're a couple hundred dollars short, save up the money, and get the L lens. Please take note, I'm not comparing this with the model 1 version of the L Lens. That one is not as good as the model ii. If you can afford L, get it, if you can't, get this lens, and you'll be happy. With that said, if you buy the sigma lens, do yourself a favor, and don't rent or borrow or try the 2.8 L ii lens, because you WILL see a difference, and it'll shock you. Either way, Sigma made a great lens here, and it's half the cost.

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    5.0

    Great value for the money!

    By nyvttraveler

    from New York City

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This was the first add-on lens that we purchased for our Canon. We were a little torn between price and brand name. We went with the Sigma after speaking with some professionals and could not be happier. Can't wait to try out all of the features!

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      4.0

      Jury is still out.

      By Photography by David

      from Michigan.

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      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I've only owned this lense for about two weeks and have used it on probably a half dozen shoots. I guess it would not be fair to compare this to the Canon "L" series, but unfortunately its all I have to go by. Most of the other lenses in my bag are of the "L" variety with the exception of my Canon 85mm prime lense. The feel right out of the box is a bit plastic. Its heavy but thats not an issue for me. The bokeh is nice and the images are fairly sharp. The issue for me is the focus which seems like it takes a second to lock in to the subject and then it seems to wonder a bit. Some of the images in post have been a little soft while others have been sharp. It's possible it could be a learning curve with this lense but it is troublesome to me.

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      5.0

      Very good and very nicely priced

      By LAinFLA

      from Delray Beach, FL

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

      So far I have only used this at the zoo and theme parks but it works extremely well. I have rented its comparable canon version and see no difference between them. I don't use my camera for my bussiness but it is comfortable to use and takes great sharp pics. I am looking at other sigma gear as the quality seems very good.

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      5.0

      Love my lens

      By ladykbk

      from pennsylvania

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      I love this lens
      It weighs a ton but I love it anyway.
      I wish it had a beep or a prompt of some sort to remind you to turn off the stablizer

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      5.0

      Well Worth the Weight

      By Dan Harvell

      from Grand Haven, Michigan

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      When I upgraded to a full-frame sensor camera body, I had to find a replacement for my 50-200mm f/4-5.6 lens that I was using, as my old lens was designed for APS-C sensors. Torn between the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS HSM. As my budget was a concern, I decided to go with the Sigma. I am very satisfied with that decision.

      The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 is a large lens that is built very, very well. The size of the lens and the quality of the build translates to a lens that gets pretty heavy after hauling it around. But really, for the image quality offered by this lens, I cannot complain about how heavy it is. I'd much rather lug around a heavy lens that takes incredible photos than to carry around a feather-weight that takes photos of questionable quality. And this lens definitely pays off, in terms of quality!

      The autofocus seems to lock onto the desired target in an acceptable amount of time and it does so very quietly. I notice that this lens does not seem to hunt like my Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 did. It finds the target and locks on to it, tack sharp. But, if it doesn't quite find the target you desire, don't worry... the full time manual focus will help you fine tune your focus.

      Yes, this is a heavy lens. But, with the weight, you get a lens that is built like a tank and takes amazing photographs. It is a very good alternative to the Canon L-series counterpart and would play very well with the other lenses in a professional's camera bag, as well as photography hobbyists, alike.

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      5.0

      Outstanding! Exactly what I needed!

      By Blurredimg

      from Memphis TN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

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

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

      I love my Canon lenses, but why pay that much when you can get a Rocking Sigma. Sigma has never let me down!

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      5.0

      Sigma 70-200 f/2.8

      By Yankel

      from New Jersey

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

      I just purchased that lens after selling my L lens and I absolutely love. So sharp and focuses pretty quick. I see no reason to buy a Canon lens that cost twice the price..

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      4.0

      Great bang for your buck

      By Chris foto

      from Dallas

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

      Can hand hold at a 50th with no blur. The OS (stabilization) flickers from time to time. Not sure if that is normal or not. I'm use to the zoom ring being closer to the camera body and this one is at the end if the lens and going to take some getting use to.

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      3.0

      Very soft at 200mm

      By Hotled

      from Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This lens is great except from 180-200mm it then becomes very soft.
          I even sent out my 7d to see if it was missing focus it was so bad.
          I am currently checking into how to get this lens serviced and how long it will take.
          I shoot allot of sports and need that 200m zone

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          5.0

          Clean and Fast!

          By Rob

          from Pekin, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            So far so good. If had this lens for about two weeks now and no problems at all. It's very fast and produces sharp images. What more can you ask for? Yeah, it may be heavy, but you get what you pay for! This has a ton of glass and is a pro lens. I love it! The fact that I can get it at half the price of the canon is amazing!

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            5.0

            Must have for portrait photographers

            By Amy

            from Michigan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            I bought this primarily for portraits and for shooting events (weddings, graduations, etc.) without having to stand front & center. It's also fantastic for snapping bird photos through my window. :) LOVE this lens and everything about it. Beautiful bokeh, smooth/fast focus, sharp images. I'm also loving the collar for use with my monopod.

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            4.0

            great bright lens

            By ntranq

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            I use this lens for video mainly and it's great with available light

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            4.0

            Bang for my buck

            By Jann2022

            from Michigan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            I bought this lens to use at events. When I received it in the mail I was a little shocked at how heavy it was. I am building muscles and shooting awesome photos. I use a lot of different lenses and as any photographer knows we are always looking at new toys. This was a good purchase to add to my arsenal and I have not been disappointed yet. I only gave it 4 stars because it does weigh a lot.

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            4.0

            It really is 'good glass'

            By HND

            from Ramsey NJ

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            I have been using the lens for landscapes and especially for birds and small animals that cross my path.
            It has a fast f/2.8 aperture which can be arose its' 70-200mm.
            Shots are sharp and, even with fast moving birds.
            The only negative I can think of is the weight of the lens and the need for support such as a tripod.
            I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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            5.0

            Very good lens

            By Bresser

            from New York NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Rings Opposite To Canon's

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video

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

            Great glass, weird rings.

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            4.0

            Excellent lens at its price

            By ffrcst

            from SF, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Image quality
            • Less expensive

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I made a wide range of testing before I finally bought a 70-200mm lens comparing the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 DG OS HSM, Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC, Canon 70-200 f2.8, Canon 70-200 f4 IS and Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II. The Tamron 70-200VC has excellent image quality compared to Canon's 70-200F4 IS and the 70-200F2.8 and way faster and more accurate focusing than the Sigma. The f2.8 Tamron at its price is a great deal. Yet, the focusing is not as fast or say responsive as Canon's USM in my experience of 10 days with it. If focusing speed is not a big deal for your use, it would be the best choice for you since the image quality is highly comparable to the L lenses. However, if you are a event photographer or a journalist or someone who needs fast and accurate focusing, the Tamron may not fit your needs since it usually struggles a bit when it finally locks on focus.

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            5.0

            Great Sports Lens

            By Cecilal

            from Elizabethtown, KY

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

            I've had this lens for my past two cameras. I love it for taking pictures of sporting events. I would definitely recommend this lens as part of your equipment.

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            5.0

            70-200 sigma 2.8 - ROCKS

            By Bill in SC

            from Greenville, SC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              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 Canon:

              I use this lens for a variety of shoots - wedding, landscapes, ect. i am totally satisfied with this lens. Sharp focus - and fast! Quite, easy to handle. Of course the optical stabilization works wonders as well. I would highly recommend this powerful and versatile lens to anyone!!

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              5.0

              Meets & Exceeds Expectations

              By Jon

              from Cherry Hill NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                So far I've only done some test shots. That said, 1) this lens is sharp - even quite good wide open at 200mm 2)image stabilization is a revelation after using a 70-200 without IS. Got tack-sharp shots at 1/15 second, hand held, available light.

                A lot of people will comment about this lens being heavy - now, I may complain the first time I use it for a couple of hours straight - but heavy goes with the territory - deal with it! :)

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