A short test of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM

October 20th, 2010 by Simon Leave a reply »

The boring

I had the opportunity to take some testshots with Sigmas new 70-200mm f/2.8 OS that I wanted to share as well as my thoughts about the lens itself.

First of all I must say that I’m a big fan of some Sigma lenses – but not of Sigma in general. I love the 30mm/1.4 and the 150mm macro but I also found some “lemons” that just didn’t cut it like the 120-300/2.8.

The 70-200 OS looks highly interesting to me because it is the first non-Canon 70-200/2.8 that features an optic stabilizer as well as an ultrasonic AF motor, fits onto the EF mount and still sells for at least 20% less (give or take a few percent).

As I tested it in a shop my findings are just rough but I hope they give you an idea what this lens is like.

The lens

My first impressions were thet the build quality is highly impressive. It simply felt solid an well made unlike the Tamron 70-200/2.8 that I used for some hours a few months ago. the OS system works very good and the AF on the 40D was precise as well as decently fast. My EF 85/1.8 and 300/2.8 are faster but these lenses are widely known to be as fast as it gets.

Optically, I think, the Sigma does a really great job but doesn’t reach the levels of the new Canon 70-200/2.8 IS mkII.

For professionals or people with too much money the Canon still is THE lens to get but if I had to choose between the Canon and the Sigma plus a nice 4-day trip to Rome (or the like) the Canon woldn’t stand a chance.

The pictures

All pictures are converted with CaptureOne and not sharpened in post. For the real 100% view you might have to use the direct link (depending on your screen size).

Direct link

40D – ISO100 – 1/3200 s – f/2.8 – 91 mm

A 100% crop from the image center

40D – ISO100 – 1/1600 s – f/3.2 – 200 mm

A bit of Bokeh

40D – ISO100 – 1/320 s – f/2.8 – 97 mm

100% crop to test the OS effectivity

40D – ISO100 – 1/4 s – f/8 – 70 mm

The verdict

Would I like to have this lens? Definitively yes. It’s great in every aspect and would fit my needs.

Do I want it now? No, it still is too expensive at around 1500€ but the price keeps dropping so I will keep my eyes at it.

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