The best 70-200mm lens I’ve used.
Ok, so by saying it’s the best might be a bit of a reach because everyone is going to have something that makes the lens they use the best for them. So it’s the best 70-200mm lens for me. Sigma has been making wonderful camera lenses since 1961 I’ve found that over the years Sigma really improves hand over hand and that’s amazing for any company. The 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens lens is an excellent example of this.
The 70-200 lens is well-known among photographers as a ‘workhorse’ and is extremely versatile because of its focal length and wide angle. Sigma’s 70-200mm is designed for full-frame cameras and will work on APS-C sensors, translating to roughly 112-320mm. Since it’s a telephoto lens, you can zoom in wonderfully close to your subject without being right on top of them and even though it’s heavier than most lenses at 1430g a photographer might use, it’s still lightweight enough to hold your camera by hand. Sigma’s 70-200 features the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and Optical Stabilizer (OS – compensates for camera shake when shooting handheld), which really makes it stand out from its competitors. In addition to the HSM and OS, Sigma’s 70-200 also features:
- Two (2) FLD glass elements (with performance equal to Flourite)
- Three (3) SLD elements (Special Low Dispersion)
- Rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates beautiful bokeh
For my purposes, I was using the Sigma 70-200 with my Canon 5D Mark IV. While I had the opportunity to use it in my hometown, I really got some great use out of it when I traveled to Florida recently. There were some remarkable natural surroundings as well wildlife to capture. I definitely took advantage of my environment with the 70-200.
When you hold the 70-200 in your hands you really can tell just how well built it is. It’s solid and even the switches have a nice click to them when flipping back and forth from Autofocus to Manual and Optical Stabilizer 1 and 2. The hood is truly remarkable, too. It’s hard and feels wonderful in the hands. It’s easy to screw on and off and has no sloppy give.
The OS is truly magical. I say this because with some other brands a 70-200 lens would be almost required to be on a tripod to give you the blur-free crisp shots. The Sigma 70-200 has such good Optical Stabilization that you can get away with taking handheld shots even though I would still recommend using a tripod for your most important photos. For example, here is a photo I took while handheld on the beach while using this lens.
As I mentioned, I was ecstatic to have this lens while I was in Florida. Below is a photo I took using the 70-200 – handheld while on the beach. This lovely bird stood still long enough for me to grab a quick photo of him. He stood perfectly with the horizon behind him. You can see how clean the subject looks in the foreground while the background falls off nicely.
Unfortunately, our site compresses our photos when uploading so to see the full beauty of this photo, you miss out a bit. I’ve uploaded it to my profile on 500px along with some other photos shot from this 70-200 Sigma lens. Consider following me on 500px.
The speed of the autofocus is good but I have actually used lenses with a faster motor. That said, even though they might have been faster, they took longer to correctly grab focus on the subject. The Sigma 70-200 not only grabs focus rather quickly, but it also does it correctly on the first try.
I’ve been truly amazed by the Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens. I’m really glad I’ve had the opportunity to use it and experience the innovative technology that Sigma puts into their lenses. I can recommend this as a good all-around lens for all types of photographers.
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