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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM Optical Stabilised Telephoto Lens Canon Fit
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- A high quality f2.8 constant aperture tele-zoom lens with optical stabilisation for Canon SLR Cameras
- Optical stabilisation enables use of shutter speeds four stops lower than otherwise would be possible
- Ideal for portraiture and medium telephoto sports and animal photography:HSM motor for quiet high speed foccusing
- Suitable for use with Canon SLR cameras with both full and APS-C size sensors
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|Item Dimensions||19.7 x 8.6 x 8.6 cm||19.4 x 9 x 9 cm||19.9 x 8.88 x 8.88 cm||8.89 x 10.67 x 10.67 cm||8.2 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm|
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Sigma’s dedicated optical stabilisation system offers a 4 stop blur correction with a 2 mode settingClick here to view larger
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Produced in their legendary Aizu facility in Japan, Sigma presents their 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM telephoto zoom lens. Building on 50 years of innovation in precision optics design and craftsmanship, the 70-200mm is a large aperture zoom lens optimised for mid-long distance photography. It packs several state-of-the-art optical and design features which work to counter issues commonly found in this type of lens. As a result, deep and ultra sharp images are produced throughout the entire zoom range, making it a great value offering to any photographer.
The Lens Design
Design features make up the foundation of the Sigma 70-200mm lens. A commonly found problem in long distance photography is camera shake and to help counter, Sigma has built in a dedicated Optical Stabiliser system (OS) with a 2 mode function. The system offers an effective blur correction over 4 stops, helping to stabilise the image. It is also linked to the viewfinder, allowing for more accurate previews. Each mode tweaks the OS settings to suit different situations with mode 1 designed for general photography and mode 2 for panning. A large maximum aperture (f/2.8) ensures a fast shutter speed capability which avoids any over exposure.
2 FLD and 3 SLD lens elements help to counter various colour and optical aberrations, ensuring images are clear, sharp and high resolutionClick here to view larger
In a bid to keep the lens as compact and lightweight as possible, several commonly found external functions have been reengineered into the internal construction, making the 70-200mm lighter and smaller than its competitors. The two key internal functions are Sigma’s in-house developed inner focus system and a new generation inner zoom mechanism. A common benefit of both functions is that they eliminate the need to extend the barrel and in doing so, reduce unnecessary light loss. Furthermore, the front lens does not rotate and in staying fixed, can accommodate a hood (used in conjunction with the supplied hood adapter) and the use of Circular Polarising filters, both helping to counter light related issues such as glare. If preferred, a full time manual focus function is also available. The lens features Sigma’s exclusive Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) which works to auto focus images in a fast, accurate and silent manner. Combined with the optical stabiliser system, the lens has an extraordinarily efficient focussing capability over long distances. The lens is manufactured to Sigma’s high standards with a body constructed from strong but lightweight polycarbonate, layered in a hard-wear paint finish.
Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass helps to counter chromatic aberrationClick here to view larger
Superior lenses: Where FLD meets SLD
In all forms of lens construction, Sigma puts the highest emphasis on the quality and craftsmanship of the internal optics. The 70-200mm lens stays true to this promise with the use of F Low Dispersion (FLD) glass. FLD glass is prized for having performance equal to fluorite glass and is the highest quality low dispersion glass in the world. The 70-200mm lens includes two FLD lens elements which work in conjunction with three Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements to counter various colour and optical aberrations which are commonly found in zoom lenses, such as chromatic aberration. This optical configuration also ensures that light transmission occurs at its best even at higher zoom ranges where light loss can be a common problem. The resulting images speak for themselves in terms of sharpness, contrast and resolution.
9 Diaphragm blades produce a much more desirable Bokeh effectClick here to view larger
The Alternate Optical Composition
As well as containing five top quality lens elements, several other optical features can be found in the 70-200mm lens. First and foremost is a 9 blade diaphragm which constructs a desirable blur (bokeh) effect on out of focus areas. The diaphragm also smoothes out intense back lighting, making them appear as rounded highlights as opposed to areas of over exposure. This effect helps to over emphasise the foreground subjects and smooth out the background, creating a well balanced image. Finally, Sigma applies Super Multi Layer coatings to all lens elements, which work to create an optimum colour balance by reducing the damaging effects of ghost and flare. The coatings also help to maximise light transmission to the DSLR’s sensor.
A Lens Most Applicable For......
Packing so many design features and a first class optical configuration, the Sigma 70-200mm lens has a wide range of potential uses. High levels of light transmission combined with a dedicated OS system make the lens ideally suited to mid-long distance photography. This can include various forms of wildlife, especially thanks to the quiet auto-focussing, as well as sports related pursuits, e.g. motor racing. The lightweight and compact structure of the lens, for its focal class, make it more portable and easy to fit into a bag than normal and therefore ideal for taking on holiday or days out. The solid focussing and OS systems also make the lens perform well when using it for handheld photography or alternatively a removable tripod collar can be used to fix the lens (and DSLR) to a tripod for extra stability. If you are after a lightweight, compact and good performing mid-long range telephoto lens, then the Sigma 70-200mm is the best choice for you.
A range of separately available Sigma APO teleconverters can be used in conjunction with this lens. The converters substantially increase the focal length of the lens to create even more powerful zoom capabilities.
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I went with the Sigma as I don't think I could look the wife in the eye if I'd spent £1.5k on one lens, it's a lot of cash to part with. However, I still wanted a decent lens and the good news is I got one with the Sigma.
I was expecting a poor build quality based on my first Sigma (many years ago) which wasn't anywhere near as good as the Nikon equivalent. I'm pleased to report that the build quality on this lens is phenomenal. Sat side by side my Nikon lenses you can't tell them apart.
People talk about the weight of the lens, knocking off a star as it's "a bit heavy". It's got 18 lenses in there, come on people it's going to weigh a bit! The truth is whilst it is heavier than a prime 50mm, the length of the lens coupled with the good build quality mean it fits really nicely in your hands and you are quickly absorbed into the shot and not thinking about the extra weight.
So the real reason for getting this lens is the constant 2.8 across the range of the zoom and that truly is a breath of fresh air. I've attached a shot of my cat to this review to give you a quick first impression (I took this shot an hour after getting the lens). There was no daylight, just the ambient overhead lights in my kitchen. I used my Nikon D7100 at 2.8 1/250 with an ISO of 6400 the focal length was c180mm which is closer to 270mm on my cropped sensor. If you can find the shot (look for a tabby cat) then you will see the bokeh is fantastic - a key reason for buying this lens - and the the detail is superb, especially when you consider the ISO.
You can achieve the same effect with a prime 85mm or 105mm (worth considering the Macro if you are just after good bokeh) but the prime is obviously a fixed lens so not as flexible for portraiture which was my main reason for getting this lens.
I did notice that the low light could cause the focus to hunt a bit but its a minor thing, you won't notice this in daylight and you can get around this with the manual focus ring. If you are a wedding photographer then this could be an issue, but again you get paid for your shots so you shouldn't be reading this.
Another minor detail, the zoom ring is anti-clockwise, which is opposite to Nikon lenses. It's a detail but one that could trip you up if you own a lot of Nikon glass. It's not a problem for me but worth mentioning in the context of a review.
In short, I love this lens, the build quality is great, it feels perfect in your hands and the quality of the images are superb. I can confidentially say you will not regret buying this lens.
Overall, I can highly recommend this lens if one is looking for a good and fast (in terms of f-stop, not focus) zoom (which is clearly the case or else you'd probably not be reading this).
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