This lens was as close to an impulse buy as I'll ever get. When going from crop-frame sensor to full-frame I had to upgrade not just "normal", day-to-day lenses, but also the ones I use for dance and concert photography. I think I did a single search on Prisjakt and then went out and bought this lens.
It was a good buy.
70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Fast tele zoom lens for FX sensors
- Image stabilization
- Focus motor
- 1430 g
- Focal length
- 70-200 mm
1. The Lens
Like the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS that to appearances is this lens's twin, it is a cheap and good alternative to more expensive f/2.8 tele zooms like Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 II. The weight is what you'd expect from this type of lens, so be prepared to bring a mono- or a tripod if you are going to hold it for longer periods.
Like its twin the 50-150mm, it does the job it's supposed to do just as well as the Nikon. Autofocus is fast and accurate, the images are sharp when shooting wide open, and the optical stabilizer does what it's supposed to do, I guess. Since I use this lens almost exclusively for event photography in low light, the blur is rarely from lens shake and more from subject movement, so I can't claim to have really pushed the stabilizer to its limit.
A great lens that is an excellent companion to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM. A solid performer with wide aperture, good ergonomics and great image quality at a nice, low price.