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

(based on 137 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (97)
  • Strong construction (80)
  • Nice bokeh (74)
  • Consistent output (73)
  • Durable (59)

Cons

  • Heavy (64)
  • Slow focus (10)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (91)
  • Low light (81)
  • Weddings (73)
  • Wildlife photos (64)
  • Landscape/scenery (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (118), 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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5.0

Excellent Lens

By Luis Cajigas

from Puerto Rico

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

I really like this lens. Beautiful bokeh and the color rendition is excellent. Fast delivery. Thanks B&H

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5.0

Great lens for my Sony PXW FS5

By leebergtally

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video

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

Combined with the Metabones Speed Booster adapts to the FS5's E-mount. Looks very sharp in the FS5's Ultra HD mode. A bit heavy. Speed booster only seems to support aperture adjustment. I get f2.0 with Speed Booster

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5.0

I love this lens

By The Coffee Guy Vlogs

from Philadelphia Pa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Ive had this lens for a couple years now. I absolutely love it its fast it gives me everything i need to capture the image im trying to get really not much more to say about it. seems to handle weather well i had it out in the rain all day at an event worked perfectly.

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5.0

Great Lens

By photogeek

from Washington state

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • 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 Canon:

Upgraded from the canon 70-300. There is an amazing difference in picture quality. I noticed it with my first use. Shot some senior pics with this lends and the focus was quick and accurate. The color deep and true. The detail was amazing to me after having used the lesser Canon lens.
Also used this lens on my camera to video a musical production at school. It was head and shoulders above my video camera in both lighing and clarity and that was shooting from the very back in a dark room onto a stage. I am VERY happy with this lens and would reccomend it to any one. My camera is a t2i Rebel and with this lens the pictures look as good as my friends Mark 2/ cannon 70-200L lens.
The only slightly negative i have is it is a heavy lens. Not a good carry around lens. Otherwise the quality feel of the lens and the quality of the glass are great.

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5.0

My Favorite Lens

By Creeburd

from New Orleans

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I purchased this lens a few months ago to shoot live performances and portraits. Great compression and my copy is tack sharp.

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      5.0

      Fará a diferença em seu set !

      By Leocarida

      from Porto Alegre, Brasil

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

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

        O que mais me atraiu na 70-200mm foi obviamente sua ótima distância focal aliada a sua grande abertura. Esta lente complementa meu set de forma grandiosa pois com ela consigo tomadas bem fechadas em sua distância máxima dando um desfoque absurdo que realmente descola o plano de fundo do objeto. Ideal para fotografias de motivos esportivos, vida selvagem e que exijam relativa distância do objeto. Em eventos é ótima para registrar com a máxima discrição aqueles convidados mais envergonhados que se retraem quando notam que estão sendo fotografados. Simplesmente com ela você se torna um sniper. Grande investimento. Vale cada centavo!

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Mike Mc

        from Woodland Hills, Ca

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Admittedly, I bought it locally and not from B&H because I went in the store to demo it and didn't want to leave without it. Optics aside, the matte finish is really cool and the ergonomics are great. I have only used it on one shoot so far with my Mark iii and it was every bit as good as the 70-200mm canon 2.8 that I replaced with it. The fact that it's half the price is a deal closer. Great lens.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Heather PS

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portrait

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

            I haven't gotten to use this lens much yet, but I love it so far. It seems to be more sharp & reliable than my 135L. Really enjoying it!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Review regarding the Sigma 70-20mm EX DG

            By Bakes

            from Buena Park,CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            This is a sharp fantastic lens. I was able to take photo in low light condition. In 200mm the sharpness and detail of the lens is awesome.I took some photos in a military parade and it was sharp clear. I would recommend this lens anytime.

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            5.0

            Great lens !!

            By Bill

            from North Carolina

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action

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

              Got this for indoor cheerleading. Used twice & it works very well. Very happy with it & Mike was a a big help . Thanks again

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              5.0

              Sigma's Best Ever

              By Tideman1

              from Tennessee

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

              I purchased the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM to use on my Canon ESO Rebel T2i due mainly to the price of the Canon equivalent. After using it once I was completely satisfied with the smooth operation, the speed of the focus and clarity of the pictures. I own several Canon lens as well as other Sigmas and found this to be the one that will stay mounted most of the time. I take a lot of indoor sports shots and this lens overcomes the typical low lighting problems found in most gyms. It's a great lens and I appreciate B&H for introducing me to it.

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              5.0

              Love this lens!

              By Kgarcia1222

              from Southern Illinois

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

              I have had this lens a little over two weeks and I LOVE it! It is tax sharp and fast.

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              5.0

              Super Build Quality And Saved $

              By TTexas

              from San Antonio, Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use this for portraits and it is great for low light situations. Also do runway shoots and it is great for times when I cant get closer to the models.
              So far the quality of images is what I expected after doing much review on this.

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              4.0

              Great lens for the money.

              By andy

              from ann arbor, mi

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Great lens for half the price of the name brand. 2.8 f-stop gives creamy backgrounds. Thanks for the recommendation B&H.

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                  5.0

                  Great value, extremely satisfied.

                  By Photo Junkie

                  from Quincy, IL.

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

                  Purchased lens from B&H after reading tons of reviews. Have been extremely happy with image quality, bokeh and accurate colors, shooting handheld.
                  If you are looking for a great lens, don't waste your money on the more expensive lenses when you can achieve great results from this 70-200. I've been using on Canon 6D and 70D. Also purchased Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens. Love it too. Don't hesitate. Just get it. You won't be sorry. Have a 24-70 2.8 on order. Kudos Sigma.

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                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Boston Al

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  A fantastic lens for this range. Sharp, phenominal photos. Great third-party lens.

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                  (44 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Jury is still out.

                      By Photography by David

                      from Michigan.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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