Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG Macro HSM II Auto Focus Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS - USA Warranty

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About Sigma

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to present the APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM. This large aperture zoom lens has improved optical performance and retains close-up ability with a minimum focusing distance of 39.4" / 100cm, and maximum magnification ration of 1:3.5.

This lens is suitable for taking all type of subjects such as portraits, landscape, and close-up pictures. Two SLD "Special Low Dispersion" and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations.

High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well as full-time manual focusing capability.

The lens design incorporates an inner focusing and inner zooming systems. The overall length of the lens does not change during focusing and zooming, ensuring convenient handling. A removable tripod collar (TS-21) is included as a standard component.

When this lens is used with the optional 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters, it becomes a 98-280mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 140-400mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Strong construction (14),Consistent output (13),Durable (12),Easily interchangeable (9),Rugged (7),Nice bokeh (5),Lightweight (3)
Cons:
Heavy (13),Slow focus (6)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (14),Wildlife photos (6),Portraits (5),Wildlife (5),General purpose (4),Night photography (4),Landscape/scenery (3),Low light (3),Macro photography (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Enthusiast (3),Semi-professional (3)

Sigma Features

  • Improved optical performance with a minimum focusing distance of 39.4"/100cm, and maximum magnification of 1:3.5
  • Two SLD and three ELD glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations
  • Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • HSM ensures quiet, high speed autofocus with full time manual focusing
  • APO Tele Converter is available

Sigma Specifications

Minimum Focusing Distance:
39.4" / 100cm
Maximum Aperture
f2.8
Minimum Aperture
f22
Angle of View
34.3°-12.3°
Lens Construction
15 Groups, 18 Elements
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:3.5
Filter Diameter
77mm
Diaphragm Blades
9 pcs
Weight:
48.3 oz / 1370 g
Dimensions:
3.4" × 7.3" / 86.5 mm × 184.4 mm
Other
Lens Hood: Petal-type Hood (included)
Mfr #
579101
SKU
SG70200H2EOS

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

More than half the lens.

I've been shooting sports action photography for just about 6 years now, and about three of those years with this lens. I'd have to say I was a little standoffish about buying this lens over the Canon 2.8L lens, but with money tight I decided to give it a shot. I'd shoot a few games with it and if it were truly appalling then I'd return it in favor of the Canon. Well it turns out that Sigma has done a respectable job with this lens. Sure it's not as fast to focus as the Canon but it's by no m...

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I've been shooting sports action photography for just about 6 years now, and about three of those years with this lens. I'd have to say I was a little standoffish about buying this lens over the Canon 2.8L lens, but with money tight I decided to give it a shot. I'd shoot a few games with it and if it were truly appalling then I'd return it in favor of the Canon. Well it turns out that Sigma has done a respectable job with this lens. Sure it's not as fast to focus as the Canon but it's by no means sluggish and it's not as sharp as the Canon but for most it's perfectly acceptable, it doesn't even produce the same contrast or color saturation as the Canon and most folks would never notice. So for less than half the price of the L series lens you get more than half the lens quality in return. If your on a budget and you need a fast telephoto lens. Then you can't beat this Sigma it performs beyond it's price point, and that without a doubt makes this lens a good buy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't waste your time

Don’t waste your time!I based my purchase on a few images that were posted online by other reviewers using this lens. The fact that it came with HSM, and cost considerably less than a Canon L lens made it more appealing. When mine arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging. The Sigma 70-200 HSM arrived with a padded case, carrying strap, hood, and tripod mount. Something that Canon needs to start looking into for the amount of money the L’s cost. Construction of the lens look...

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Don’t waste your time!I based my purchase on a few images that were posted online by other reviewers using this lens. The fact that it came with HSM, and cost considerably less than a Canon L lens made it more appealing. When mine arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging. The Sigma 70-200 HSM arrived with a padded case, carrying strap, hood, and tripod mount. Something that Canon needs to start looking into for the amount of money the L’s cost. Construction of the lens looks and feels solid. The downside is that it also heavy. Take that into consideration if you’ll be carrying this around for awhile. At first the barrel was a bit tight to turn, but loosened up with more use. Focusing an object such as a flower or flag moving with a soft breeze was mediocre. A semi active toddler was no better.Final output of images at all tested focal lengths viewed through Adobe Lightroom and Digital Photo Pro software that comes with my Canon camera viewed at the fit to window looks great, but viewed at 100% was completely unacceptable. To make sure it wasn’t just me, I had a friend test it on her camera and she received the same results. Several lenses were tested of the same image at similar settings. Although they weren’t f/2.8’s, a friends Canon 70-200 f/4, my canon kit lenses at f/3.5 , the canon 85mm f/1.8, and my almost failing 7 year Tamron 28-300 f/3.5 fared much better at all levels than this paper weight. Comparing the colors with the other lenses through the histograms, there is minimal differences. I do agree with other reviewers that it has a nice bokeh. Overall, if the image isn’t great, why even bother?I may have gotten a bottom of the barrel lens, but I don’t want to waste my time returning this for the same lens. Although the Tamron brand currently doesn’t have a USM or HSM , I’ll be looking into getting another one of their brands since they have a 6 year warranty, and will also consider donating some organs to afford the L. In the end, I’ll have better image quality than the Sigma will have given me. [...]

Reviewed by 21 customers

 
4.0

didn't quite work for me

By

from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Beautiful lense. Flawless condition. Focus couldn't keep up with my 1d. The sports images were soft. Head shots and wild life were on point. I shoot mainly action so I need super fast focusing

 
5.0

Very good lens!

By

from Dallas, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens as the longer focal length part of my core lens kit (24-70 and 70-200) for my Canon 5D MkII. Much research and previous experience with Sigma lenses led me to this one. It seems to outperform the Canon version. It also works with the 1.4x/2x extender maintaining auto-focus. It has performed very well for outdoor sports (soccor, football, baseball) and indoor sports (swimming and hockey). You really need a monopod when shooting as it's a bid heavy and hard to steady. Great lens and a very good focal length.

 
5.0

Exactly what I wanted

By

from Bloomington, Il.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens for indoor basketball games. It is a great lens. My old zoom lens didn't let enough light in and the pictures turned out grainy. With this new lens the pictures turn out clear and the lighting is perfect. I don't have to do anything with the picture. I love the lens. The lens is a little heavy but it is worth it because the pictures turn out great.

 
5.0

Just as good as the big boys, half the $

By

from Upstate SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Overall this is a fantastic lens. I have borrowed a friend's Canon 70mm-200mm - F/2.8 Canon EF to shoot with before I bought this lens. The Sigma shoots pictures every bit as good as far as I can tell, but at literally half the price of the Canon. The build quality seems excellent, there is a heft and solidness to it without it feeling unbalanced or clumsy; it feels like a natural extension of the camera. I am shooting on a Canon T2i so with the crop sensor this is not really the best lens to use for most indoor applications, but that is not really what this lens is designed for. It is kind of heavy, but that is to be expected; with a good strap and pack to put it in, I have had no trouble carrying it around all day. I have used it to shoot outdoor street events around (and a good bit after) dusk with no problems. I have done some star photos with it, and gotten some excellent shots of different nebulae and the moon. Waterfalls from across the valley are no problem, and with an ND filter on look absolutely gorgeous. The only real issue I have with it, and it is a minor one, is that when the tripod mount ring is attached, it somewhat obscures the zoom ring. The quick release connector for the ring is on the left side, and when holding the camera in the right hand, it can be difficult to reach the zoom ring with the left hand. If I turn the ring around and place the quick connector on the right, it places the "foot" backwards and unbalances the lens on the tripod somewhat. Let me once again state this is a VERY minor inconvenience and in no way detracts from my view of the overall excellence of this lens.

 
5.0

Lens works great no focusing problems

By

from Altamonte Springs, Fl  -  Pro Photographer

works great no problem use it for pro wrestling events

 
4.0

A Good Len for a good price

By

from Stone Mountain, Ga  -  Photo Enthusiast

If you are making the decision about which lens to buy,I would encourage you to try this lens out before dropping almost $1000 more for the Canon counterpart. This lens is sharp! I have not seen any lens aberration flaws. You have to be careful when shooting at 2.8 because of the shallow depth of field you could get front or rear focusing problems. The len will benefit from a monopod/tripod in these situations.Some sort of stabilization is required, so the included tripod mount is a must.This lens doesn't have Image Stabilize Also, the lens is pretty heavy. The HSM motor provides a very fast, and usually accurate focus, but the focus can hunt slightly in low light.

 
4.0

Very Sharp Lens!

By

from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just purchased this lens for a high school camera club. Compared the results to my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS (version 1) and it is actually sharper wide open--and noticably so! The Canon is a great lens and plenty sharp. Surprised to see the Sigma is even more so. I can recommend it without reservation.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sigma loses big in comparison with Tamro

By

from Chicago, US  -  Photo Enthusiast

Under sports shooting conditions, an image stabilizer seems unnecessary and very expensive. Thus the selections immediately narrow to Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Macro, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro, Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro, and Tokina AT-X 828 AF Pro 80-200mm f/2.8 SD. Tokina is no longer in production and no useful review can be found thus given up. Canon's price tag is high and image quality is not necessarily better than Tamron and Sigma ([@]). The options are clear. I ordered both the Sigma and Tamron and tested both of them on a Canon EOS 7D back to back. In a short summary, the I compared the performance of Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro and Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro, two lenses popular among budget photography enthusiasts, using a Canon EOS 7D camera back to back in rigorous lab tests and in real life shots under identical conditions. The Tamron lens shows superb image quality when focused and the copy of the Sigma lens is a total disappointment showing problems in its optical design and quality control. To conclude: - The Tamron copy shows superb image quality, incredibly sharp and low chromatic aberration, but has a tendency to misfocus for low contrast object under low lighting condition - The Sigma copy shows nothing good: significant front focus beyond the camera can compensate, intolerably high chromatic aberration and very soft focus, and totally unusable. I documented the finding in a detailed report with a lot of test pictures. You can download the report from here (in PDF format):[@] [...]

 
5.0

Good times

By

from Texas  -  Casual Photographer

We use this lens for shooting my son's sporting events such as soccer and hockey. Hockey is difficult to shoot because of the lighting conditions and white background. This lens has worked very well so far. But it is a big lens and heavy, so you may want a monopod.

 
4.0

Great lens

By

from Perry, UT  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great lens, heavier than expected though.

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Cody N  did this lens work properly? some of the reiews say it had a front focusing problem
NICHOLAS L  Yes, the one I have work great with my 1Ds Mark II, but my 20D has auto focus problems with all white subjects, low contrast, and so on. So, I have to manual focus the 20D sometimes. I understand now that the two cameras have different focus systems (the number of focus point). I also have the same problems with my Canon 400mm F/2.8 without IS. So, I hope this posting will help you.

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