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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Review - Verdict

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Sigma 70 200mm F2,8 Sport With Hood On Canon 5DSR

Value For Money

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens is priced at £1349.

To put this in perspective, we could compare it to the following similar lenses:

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2, £1289
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW, £1620
Sony 70-200mm G SSM II, £2379
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM, £2399
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, £2549
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, £2549

The new Sigma lens looks to be very sound value compared with lenses of similar specifications. Of course, there are plenty of f/4 lenses around at lower prices, but the sacrifice of the f/2.8 maximum aperture will be significant for many photographers.

For more options have a look at the Top 21 Best Sigma lenses.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Verdict

There are quite a few 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses, none of them exactly cheap. For those who want a lower cost or a lighter lens, there are the f/4 versions, but many photographers will seek the reduced depth of field that a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture has to offer.

In terms of quality, we rarely see a zoom lens that offers such an evenly fantastic performance as this new Sigma, and at a basically very reasonable price. Without a doubt, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S is a lens of choice, and therefore, without doubt, is awarded an Editor's Choice.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Pros

  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Even performance across range
  • Well corrected CA
  • No flare
  • Lovely bokeh
  • Low vignetting figures
  • 4 stops OS system
  • Optional USB Hub
  • Very fair price

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Cons

  • Heavy

Overall Verdict

With thanks to CliftonCameras who provided the Canon EOS 5DS R used for testing. 

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10 Jan 2019 1:06PM
For an amateur like me this lens' obvious competitor is the Tamron G2 70-200 f/2.8, which has also had some stonking reviews. I intend buying one or the other for my Nikon D750 to replace my old Sigma 70-200, but which is better, or is it no more than personal preference?

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10 Jan 2019 1:44PM
It's not such a simple question as we need to define what we mean by "better" and that can vary from photographer to photographer. I don't think you can go far wrong with either choice, so perhaps get to handle both if you can, either at a dealer or maybe an exhibition.
20 Jan 2019 8:58AM
"Better" in what way? AF performance? CA? Image Stabilization? Distortion? Sharpness? At f/2.8 or at f/8? At 70mm or at 200mm? For close subjects or more distant subjects?
28 Apr 2019 11:19AM
Taking the comments a step further, I'm really stuck on the idea of having to use the MC-11 adapter to use this lens on a Sony. Why didn't Sigma make the Sony version for Sony, without an adapter that has already proven not ideal for adapting other brands. Bottom line: Resale on a Sigma will always be less than the OEM, so it damn well better be a keeper, in every way matching or exceeding the OEM glass. You spent how many thousands on your body? And you are going to live with less than the best glass? C'mon Sigma. You need to be a G Master killer WITHOUT adapters!

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