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Sigma70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 118 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (88)
  • Strong construction (70)
  • Nice bokeh (67)
  • Consistent output (62)
  • Durable (52)

Cons

  • Heavy (65)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (85)
  • Low light (66)
  • Weddings (56)
  • Wildlife photos (54)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (44), Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (103), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Go and get it (if you can afford it).

The good:
- Sharp at all focal lengths even at f2.8 wide open.
- Fast and accurate autofocus.
- Quiet and very useful OS (optical stabilizer).
- Good and...Read complete review

The good:
- Sharp at all focal lengths even at f2.8 wide open.
- Fast and accurate autofocus.
- Quiet and very useful OS (optical stabilizer).
- Good and solid built quality.
- Both autofocus and OS remain active with both 1.4X and 2X teleconverters.
- A bit lighter than expected.

The bad:
- PRICE!!! Pretty much double the price of the previous 70-200mm f2.8 lens.
- Longer than its predecessor, which makes it VERY HARD to fit into backpacks where the previous model slips right in.
- Still no weather sealing (on a top of the line pro lens).
- Dual lens-hood not practical at all.

The lens is very-very sharp with excellent (!!!) image quality! DO NOT believe otherwise, regardless what kind of a review you read from a "pro" website! They are biased and completely wrong! The one thing I'm not certain to be a good idea; that the zoom ring is now in front of the focus ring, which takes some time to get used to, and creates a potential for accidental manual override of the focus ring while zooming, which may result in blurry images. This however, is only a possibility, which never happened to me so far.

The dual lens-hood solution is only practical if you are in a situation where your really, and I mean, REALLY need the extended hood to prevent unwanted reflections, but other than that, I would not recommend it. It is cumbersome and for me, pretty much useless, so I never use it at all.

The most important features, such as: the brand new OS and the brand new lens elements, most certainly deliver the "goods"! The images are beautiful, the colors, tone, sharpness, even wide open at f2.8 are absolutely fantastic!

So if you want a brand new design, new elements, great OS, fast autofocus in a pro-line lens, this is the one! It is an excellent, excellent lens, which I highly recommend!

So, go and get it (if you can afford it).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Different experience

"NEW YORK" before me is right about quite a few things, but I had a big exception in my experience. I shot for 2 weeks using my Nikon D300 in France...Read complete review

"NEW YORK" before me is right about quite a few things, but I had a big exception in my experience. I shot for 2 weeks using my Nikon D300 in France after getting the lens a month ago. I wasn't happy with the sharpness of my images shot at f2.8. I found the results way too soft. Sharpness at the focal lengths I used was much better stopped down to something like f4 or even f5.6 for example. I proved that with quite a few shots. This lens is an improvement over previous Sigma 70-200 versions, but for $1700 it falls short of the Nikkor 70-200 VRII by a lot when it comes to sharpness at wide open apertures. For that reason I dropped my rating.

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5.0

An excellent lens

By Jeff

from Portland, Maine

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

Fast focus, great resolution, Great bokeh, low distortion. I use this lens on my Nikon D7200, which also produces exceptional images.

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5.0

Just What The Doctor Ordered...

By Speedo Senior

from Bristow, VA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

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

Being a grandpa, I get to shoot a lot of pictures of the grandchildren playing sports on Saturdays. Now that I own a Nikon D800 camera, I needed a lens that could deliver great action photos. When I owned a D300, I used a Nikon 70-200mm lens so I knew that I wanted a similar lens but without the big price tag. I did my homework and found the Sigma 70-200mm lens for FX cameras to be a top candidate as a viable solution at a reasonable price. However, I was still hesitant about buying a third party lens. After reading review after review by B&H Photo customers, I felt that I should trust their knowledge of ownership. Glad I did! My photos are crisp and clear with a pleasing bokeh. Best of all is the fact that the Optical Stabilizer works great for my aging hands. Almost every photo is a keeper. I have been interested in photography since 1965 and owned almost every Nikon and Zeiss lens that fit Nikon cameras through the years. The Sigma 70-200mm zoom lens won't disappoint you.

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5.0

Excellent Lens for the Price

By matt1mike1

from Chicago, IL

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action

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

No complaints. I read a review that the focusing motor is loud. I don't believe that is the case. I use it for my son's high school basketball games and I'm very happy with it.

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4.0

worth the price

By yolaholga

from Nowhere Zen NJ

About Me Pro Photographer

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

        I have owned the previous version of this lens, non os, and I have used the Nikon 70-200, version 1 and 2. For what I needed from this kind of lens it just didn't make sense to buy the Nikon, so, I went with the Sigma once again. My copy is sharp at f/2.8 and at all focal lengths.

        I do find that it will hunt a little bit in very dim light and the af is not as fast as the Nikon - the Sigma does NOT have slow af, it's just that the Nikon is very fast and accurate and TWICE the price.

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        4.0

        Completely happy with my purchase

        By PrecociousOwl

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

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

        I purchased this lens instead of the Nikon, and I have yet to be disappointed. The only discernible difference is the quality of the glass, this one already has as a very minor scratch, meanwhile my similarly treated Nikon lenses that I have owned for longer do not. It could be a coincidence, either way, I am still very happy with the lens, especially considering it is half the price. I do a lot of concert shooting with it, both photo and video. It handles low light well, although the auto focus is basically useless in low light, so I keep it on manual. I also always keep it on a monopod, it is pretty heavy without it.

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        4.0

        worth the price

        By yolaholga

        from Nowhere Zen NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

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

              I mainly work with prime lens but sometimes I need more reach. I purchased this lens to replace an older sigma version and after testing it I am pleased with the results. It is better than the older version in both focus speed and sharpness. The only negative is that in very dim light it will hunt a little bit.

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              5.0

              Love this lens

              By Crash

              from Illinois

              About Me Casual Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

                Football and everyday photos. Crisp, sharp images.

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                4.0

                Fast Telephoto Zoom Won't break the Bank

                By 143tv

                from Cohasset, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is the perfect lens that our non-profit access television team was looking for to shoot indoor sports photos. Teamed with our Nikon D-5300, even volunteers with limited experience can take some great action pics.

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                5.0

                The workhorse!

                By Di

                from Rochester, mn

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I have had this lens for 2 years. I have used and abused it for sports and portrait work. LOVE IT. Crisp to the edges. Great, quiet movement. Solid.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic Lens

                  By Aaron

                  from Massachusetts

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I purchased this to replace my Nikon 70-300 f4.5 to have a faster zoom lens. This lens is awesome! I will mainly use this lens for wildlife/pet/youth sports photography and so far the images it produces is very crisp and the focusing is spot on. It is a tad bit heavy but that's what the mounting collar is for :-)

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                  4.0

                  Sharp, fast zoom at a good price

                  By Robin the Swiss

                  from Lugano, Switzerland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Affordable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Silent

                  Cons

                  • Non Tropicalized
                  • Uncompfy Hood

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I bought this lens because I began photographing some events, and for shooting indoor I needed a fast lens. I don't have any previous experience with similar lenses but I'm flattered from the results. I use it on a Nikon D800. I found the autofocus really fast and silent. I'm impressed from the OS (Optical Stabilizer), it made it really easy to shoot free hands at 1/60s while zooming all the way out to 200mm. I am more than satisfied both for outdoor sunny/overcast conditions and lowlight.

                  The manual focus wheel is also really smooth and clean.

                  The only bothering thing so far is that you can't zoom if you have the hood mounted in the backward position. Not a big deal though.

                  In my opinion it is really worth the price, much lower than Nikon's similar lenses.

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                  5.0

                  Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 Nikon

                  By CaptJimmy

                  from VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  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 Nikon:

                  As a 'Prosumer' as B&H would call me, I did not want to spend the money for the Nikon version of this lens yet I wanted to have the same features in a good lens. I am growing a p/t business doing portraiture work and needed some quality without taking out a second mortgage ;-)
                  This lens meets all my needs and the picture quality is fantastic...in fact, I don't see why anyone would buy the Nikon when lenses like this are available. Now....I have not used the Nikon version but for what I do I am totally happy and very pleased!

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                  5.0

                  Fast and sharp

                  By charry

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  On my Nikon the Sigma 70-200mm lens is sharp, has fast autofocus and nearly silent. Though heavy it is quickly becoming a favorite lens in my camera bag.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great for Sport Photography

                  By Sports Photographer

                  from Bassett Va

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • 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 Nikon:

                    I have been covering a College Summer league baseball team with an older 80-200 f/2.8 lens since May 2014. Due to lighting conditions and the used of 800 to 2000 ISO that was being used to stop the action of a runner sliding into home plate or stealing second base. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM has allowed me to capture the action being handed held.
                    The only drawback is the auto focus does not work on the 1. 7x or 2x telcovener but will work on manual to give the extra telephoto boost.

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                    5.0

                    Great Price for a nice Zoom lens

                    By Wes A.

                    from Indiana

                    About Me 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
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I use this product primary for getting in close to objects for my video company. Overall I love this lens for my videos and photography. I have got some nice close up of bees in mid flight. Great lens overall. I would also recommend this for 2nd shoots of weddings and events.

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                    5.0

                    Great choice, great results!

                    By DonP

                    from Rochester, MN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have been saving for a 70-200 lens for the past 18 months reading reviews on Nikon, Sigma and Tamron. Based on what I read and results, comments of others that own the lenses and an evaluation of the cost/benefit by price I chose the Sigma for my Nikon D610. After two weeks of use I couldn't be happier with my choice. The Nikon would have been great but I didn't want to spend the extra $1,000 after looking at some others results. I have shot over 1,000 images of baseball, many with the addition of the 1.4x teleconverter I purchased as well, and the images are sharp with great contrast. The focusing was very fast with no issues on back focusing that I had read about. Yes, this lens is heavy and took some getting use too, and more push ups every day, but that is what I expected when I decided to purchase a fast telephoto zoom. I am going to start shooting more portratits in the coming months. My conclusion after the first two weeks is - buy it! It is a great value with very comprobale results to the Nikon and it leaves you money left over for other equipment you may need.

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                    4.0

                    Try it you might like it!

                    By GARCIA

                    from TEXAS

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    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 Nikon:

                    Product is great gives very sharp images, Letting in a lot of light which is great if shooting in low lighting areas. Must try it, it really is a great product without having to pay lot of money for it.

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                    5.0

                    Heavy Duty

                    By SHANDOR

                    from Auburn Hills, MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                      Made with strong heavy materials. Fast focus and great in low light. I've used it for portraits so far and love it.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Lens!

                      By ElannaD

                      from Philadelphia PA

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

                      This lens is such a great buy. My boyfriend and I always purchase from B&H Photo and we wouldn't think of going anywhere else. The lens came in a great padded bag to pack the lens away in complete with a strap for easy travel. I am very happy with my purchase!

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By Lucas

                      from North Jersey

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

                      Lens is sharp it focuses fairly fast. I've been using it for sports, and the color and contrast are really nice. I haven't really encountered any problems at all.

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