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

(based on 152 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (98)
  • Strong construction (81)
  • Nice bokeh (75)
  • Consistent output (74)
  • Durable (60)

Cons

  • Heavy (65)
  • Slow focus (10)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (91)
  • Low light (81)
  • Weddings (73)
  • Wildlife photos (65)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (44), Photo enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (119), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well Worth the Weight

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...Read complete review

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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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.

Reviewed by 152 customers

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4.0

Great Lens

By Francisco

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Is great lens I use in my Sony A7II

 
5.0

Just amazing

By Joe

from Undisclosed

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

Simply amazing, had the chance to test the lens out this past weekend and I love the images .A bit heavy but after awhile of use you don't even notice it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's a great lens if you're on a budget

By jimmywatters

from Raleigh, NC

Verified Buyer

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

This lens does a good job. If you've never shot with the actual Canon version of this focal length then you won't know what you're missing. I used the Canon brand 70-200 2.8 IS I for ten years. IT. WAS. AWESOME! Then I broke it so bad that Canon could not repair it.

I just couldn't stomach paying the big bucks for another canon lens of this flavor, so I opted for this one. Like I said above, it does a good job. The focus is fast and accurate. the optical stabilization works as well as the canon. I don't feel like any of those things suffer. What I miss are the ergonomics of the Canon lens, but really, that's a trainable preference thing, so I can't knock it for that.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes but hope I will not need too

By Marvin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is it!

By Sherman

from Undisclosed

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

I've wanted a 70-200 mm, 2.8; I looked at every review about this lens, Canon, & Tamron, checked the models in the stores, downloaded all the comparisons and decided the Sigma was it! It is tack sharp, fast focus, built like a tank, aesthetically pleasing to look at mounted, and priced right. I would buy again...and again! Thanks Sigma; you have arrived to the upper tier!

 
4.0

Great alternative of price!

By Hector

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The canon version of this is better, but it does a pretty good job! The price is awesome for the quality you are getting

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sigma/Canon - it's a money game...

By Dennis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice DOF, seems to work very well on the Canon 5DMIII. I'm happy with it.

 
5.0

Love the lens

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great deal for the price. I had to replace some gear due to theft, but this is worth the price. Sharp images everytime.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens, Great Price.

By Pierre

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Super sharp lens. Heavy but I don't mind, I like the way it feels.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best lens I own

By John

from NYC

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is beautiful - not just to look at but look through. It is tack sharp up close and far away and the autofocus is quick and quiet. Optical stabilization so far has got me through some dark times. I look forward to keeping this thing for years and years to come.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great reliable lens for sports

By Jacob

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I use this lens mainly for sports, and some wildlife (birds and squirrels).  It focuses quickly and quietly.  The zoom/focus rings are in the normal direction for Canon lenses.  There is a small noise when you begin focusing, a kind of "clunk", which is the image stabilization turning on.  It's only noticeable in a very quiet setting, and is quieter then the shutter of a camera.  

Overall great lens.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great lens

By Wade

from Nashville, TN

Verified Buyer

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

My Canon went swimming and I needed a 2.8 in this range. I read pretty good reports on this lens and I decided to try one. It is very heavy for a 70-200mm but it is also very sharp. The image stabilization seems to be working quite well also.

 
5.0

Best lens I own.

By K. Wright

from Tennessee

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

I am a children / family photographer and this is my main lens! it's absolutely stunning! I went with the sigma because of the cost and I am so pleased!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Lens!

By Starguy

from Pennsylvania

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I use this lens for daytime and night photography. In my daytime use, the images are crisp and clear and the bokeh is exceptional. For night time shots, I piggy-back this lens and camera to my telescope to capture fast wide-angle views of star clusters and some of the well-known nebulae and deep-sky objects. Colors are rich especially when I use this lens with my Canon 60Da.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

New faster lens

By CM

from NJ

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

Just used this new lens over the weekend at my nephews soccer game. For the price I was very happy with the quality of my shots. I've also used it to capture some nice portraits at f2.8. Very versatile lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

 
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

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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