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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO EX

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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO EX

Focal Length (mm) 70-200mm
Aperture Maximum 2.8
Aperture range 2.8-32, AE
Field of view 34.3-12.3 degrees
Optical construction (elements / groups) 17/14
Minimum focus distance (mm from film plane) 1800
magnification ratio 1:7.8
filter diameter (mm) 77
length (mm at infinity) 183.5
maximum diameter (mm) 86
weight (g) 1270

Discontinued. Succeeded by the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG II HSM.
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Veteran Member

Registered: May, 2008
Location: London, UK
Posts: 461
Lens Review Date: May 18, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: N/A 


A question to Lowell Goudge if you would be so kind as to answer:

You are using the pre-DG version with a KD10D - did the lens need to rechipped before it would work with that camera?

(I have a Samsung GX10, and the possible supplier of a second-hand 70-200 F2.8 has tried if on a GX20 - but it would not talk to the camera, and so would not work properly.)

Thanks in advance for any info you can give!


John Allen
Veteran Member

Registered: September, 2006
Location: Antelope Valley, SoCal
Posts: 663
Lens Review Date: April 30, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $739.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: optical quality, mechanical construction
Cons: absolutely none

If on the side of the barrel this lens said "Pentax" instead of "Sigma", it would be a FA* lens. It it THAT good! It is so good that I'm having a hard time convincing myself that I want or need the DA* 200/2.8 lens. This one covers the same exact focal length and maximum aperture.

My copy is the pre-DG version. Even though it is the older screw drive autofocus mechanism, it is focusing very quickly. Only in the dimmest of light conditions does it hunt for focus, but which lens on a Pentax body doesn't.

This is my go-to lens when I shoot sports. It also works flawlessly with the Sigma EX teleconverters. With the EX 1.4x converter, you have a 98-280/4 lens. You may ask yourself that with this combination, why do I need the Sigma EX 100-300/4? Truly, you will really question. You will not be giving up much.

Price paid was in May of 2005 from Sigma4less and reflects availability and market at that time.
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 324
Lens Review Date: April 11, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Most versatile lens in my bag. Does everything well.
Cons: Cant think of any worth mentioning.

This lens rarely comes off my camera. I use it for Family/Senior portraits, weddings, horse shows, birding, you name it.
Inactive Account

Registered: April, 2007
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
Posts: 478
Lens Review Date: March 30, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, fast AF, great build,
Cons: little heavy, but that is expected

I will edit this later with a full review.
Veteran Member

Registered: March, 2007
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 668
Lens Review Date: March 22, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, great colour rendition & contrast, fairly fast focusing, pairs well with Sigma 1.4x TC
Cons: Chromatic aberration wide open

I've got the DG version, which looks different to the non-DG version - the zoom and focusing rings are a different design.

The lens is fantastic, other than relatively strong CA, which is mostly gone by f3.5 and gone by f4. Obviously, it's exacerbated with the teleconverter but you just have to change shooting technique to allow for lower shutter speeds to give you smaller apertures.

The case that comes with it is nice, but won't be used if you already have a decent bag for your equipment. The hood is significantly smaller than, say, the Nikon 80-200 f2.8, and you cannot shoot into the sun with this lens.

But I'd thoroughly recommend it - the results I've garnered have been brilliant.

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 15,400
Lens Review Date: March 22, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Speed, Image Quality, Build quality
Cons: None (proividing you accept an F2.8 200mm zoom weighs 2 pounds)

We really need a 9.5 quality rating, nothing is ever perfect but this lens is much better than a 9.

I have the origonal (pre DG) version, and have used it for 4 + years now, starting with my *istD and now on the K10D.

The lens is exceptional, and also suffers very little loss of performance when used with the 1.4x or 2x sigma TCs.

The only noticible performance change with a 2x TC is a slight tendancy to go from minimum to maximum focus when aquiring a new subject at different focus distance.

One thing I have noticed is that the plastic lens hood had a tendancy to stick, due to plastic on plastic friction that developed when locking it in place. I fixed this with a little soap on the lock in track. This problem is not unique to sigma, tamron lenses also suffer from the hoods binding on the plastic to plastic interface.

One thing that would be a nice aftermarket product for the lens would be a set of tulip hoods that consider the ASP-C crop factor, and also use with 1.4x and 2x TCs. the existing hood is dimensioned for the field of view of a full frame sensor/35mm film camera and not as effective as it could be.

A note for manual focus users. I have tried this with the lens, but the focusing collar only has a 90 degree (1/4 turn) rotation from minimum focus to infinity. WHile it makes aquiring an image to a rough focus easy, precise focus is difficult because of the limited range of motion on the focusing collar. although it can be manually focused, this is really an AF lens and should be used that way. There is a mechanical clutch in the focusing collar that can disengage the focusing collar for AF use.

A note for DSLR Users: Depending upon the focusing screen used in your DSLR (K10D is one specific case), when this lens is used with a telecvonverter such as sigma's APO 1.4x and 2X Teleconverters there is an exposure error due to the inability of the camera to know the true maxiumum apature. As a result you need to compensate by setting exposure compensation to between -.7 and -1.3 stops for correct exposure. Tele converters that modify, with internal circuitry, the apature reporting do not need this coppensation (added with an edit)

Edit note, this should be split into 2 reviews, one for the APO 70-200 F2.8 EX and one for the APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG Perhaps one of the reviewers with the DG version can enter it as a new lens. The same comment will also apply with the HSM version when it appears.
New Member

Registered: February, 2008
Location: sydney,australia
Posts: 6
Lens Review Date: March 16, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp throughout with K10D,no autofocus issues,pro build quality
Cons: quite heavy when used with K10D and battery grip,slght play in bayonet mount so lock fully when attaching,some PF in extreme contrast situations

This lens has not gained such a high reputation for nothing.I have the DG version and it has given several years worth of very pleasing images with MZS and now K10D. Would recommend a tripod when you can if shooting in low light , although SR on K10D helps alot when shooting under normal circumstances .Would recommend for both film and digital.
Moderator Emeritus

Registered: May, 2007
Location: Edmonton Alberta, Canada
Posts: 10,648
Lens Review Date: March 15, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $950.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, fast well built. Excellent IQ
Cons: None to speak of

Super lens. Reasonable size and weight. Balances nicely on K10D. Very sharp and close to a prime at all focal lengths. Internal zoom and focus so the lens is great for filters and does not extend to zoom. This makes it faster to focus since it's much bigger and heavier than the typical DA50-200.

Sharp, Great colour, very little distortion. Full frame design so there is no vignetting noticed on a DSLR. Very good build with good hood. Has a useful tripod mount collar.

If you can find one, buy it. I've compared it to several primes in similar FL's and it's hard to tell the difference.
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