Lens review

Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM

Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM
6 September 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2010-09-06 on Optyczne.pl

A 70-200 mm lens with f/2.8 aperture is a standard journalistic device. Small wonder every prestigious optics producer wants to have such a lens in its line-up. What’s more, journalists are very demanding customers so the manufacturers strive to put inside such an instrument the best of everything they have.

Last several years have been marked by the dynamic progress in the field of the technique for optics design, manufacturing special glass or coatings. We’ve also seen better autofocus mechanisms and optical image stabilization systems launched on the market. Small wonder 70-200 mm f/2.8 lenses launched 5-10 years ago became obsolete very fast and most of producers have decided to refresh their line-up a bit. That’s why, since 2008 we’ve seen the launches of new 70-200 mm f/2.8 Tamron, Canon, Nikkor and Sigma lenses.

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The last producer has been the most active in this area of all. The Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM is already the fourth device of this type on Sigma’s offer. What’s the difference between its newest version, its predecessors and its rivals? We hope our test will be able to answer these questions.

We would like to thank the K-Consult company for lending this lens for testing purposes.

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.

Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM - Introduction