Review: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (fantastic sharpness and image quality)

Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

Photography Blog posted their full review of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens.

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is getting some pretty good reviews, and Photography Blog confirms this. From their conclusion:

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens is bigger and heavier than all of its main rivals, but we can forgive that because of the compelling mix of fantastic sharpness and image quality, great build quality, and outstanding feature set and performance. In short, this is our new favourite 70-200 f/2.8 lens for DSLR owners, and it also works really well on the Sony Alpha mirrorless system too.

Image quality is simply superb. It’s outstanding at every focal length, with epic levels of sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range. Chromatic aberrations are almost non-existent and flare is only ever an issue when shooting directly into the sun or if you choose not to use the large lens hood. The only real optical issue is obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that can be easily remedied by either stopping donw to f/5.6 or in post-production. Read the review…

Well, this is an enthusiastic review. I didn’t so far have a chance to play around with the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, but I’m looking forward to get one. If someone here can confirm this is the outstanding lens they are saying, feel free to sound off in the comment section.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports sells at $1,499:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Sigma 60-600mm F/4.5-6.3 OS Sport Review (great achievement, D. Abbott)

Sigma 60-600mm F/4.5-6.3

Sigma 60-600mm F/4.5-6.3 OS Sport at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • Three FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • TSC Material, Dust- and Moisture-Sealed
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

Photographer Dustin Abbott reviewed the Sigma 60-600mm F/4.5-6.3 OS Sport lens.

He tested the Sigma 60-600mm F/4.5-6.3 OS Sport on various cameras, including a Sony a7 III and a Canon EOS R.

From his conclusion:

The Sigma 60-600mm F/.4.5-6.3 OS HSM Sport is a great achievement.  While I didn’t find it as compelling at 600mm as the 150-600mm Sport lens from Sigma, the 60-600 Sport is capable of producing excellent images across its focal range.  It’s the perfect lens for the individual that feels constricted at times by the 150mm limitation on the wide of the 150-600mm (which I certainly have myself, at times), allowing one to frame a number of wider scenes along with dialing in a tremendous amount of reach on the telephoto end.  While this is unmistakably a very large, very heavy lens, it is commendable that Sigma has managed shave off some weight and noticeably improve the balance of the lens by clever use of advanced materials in the construction.  The 60-600 Sport has a heavy duty, thoroughly weather sealed design.  It also has effective focus and optical stabilization systems, so the complete package is highly functional.

Dustin Abbott’s review comes with a large set of sample photos, all kind of analysis and insights. The video below is the full review to watch.

Sigma 60-600mm F/.4.5-6.3 OS HSM Sport:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Review (tack-sharp lens, Photography Blog)

Sigma 105mm F1.4

Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Removable Rotating Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Photography Blog reviewed the Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM lens, the “bokeh master”. Sigma has landed another winner with this lens

From the conclusion:

Weighing in at well over 1.5kg and sporting a huge 105mm front element, the Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a monster of a lens, but thankfully it delivers in the image quality department. Sigma have gone all out to make this the ultimate lens for bokeh lovers, and you certainly won’t be disappointed if that description fits you.

The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a tack-sharp lens, both in the centre and at the edges of the frame, with little evidence of chromatic aberrations and virtually no distortion. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, something that similarly fast lenses also suffer from, although stopping down to f/4 solves this problem altogether.

As with other recent Sigma lenses that we’ve reviewed, the build quality of the 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is fantastic, with the brass lens mount and sober all-black design adding to the high-quality feel. Read the review at Photography Blog.

More Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art coverage is listed here.

The Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art sells at $1,599: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Sigma 40mm F/1.4 Art Sample Pictures (pre-production model)

Sigma 40mm F/1.4 Art

Sigma 40mm F/1.4 Art at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

DPReview posted a set of sample pictures shot with a pre-production model of the recently announced Sigma 40mm F/1.4 Art lens. According to Sigma the Sigma 40mm F/1.4 Art is the sharpest “Art” lens, and a reference for the whole global vision series. JPG files are available for download.

Pre-orders for the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 Art are not yet open, but you can get notified when they are.

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro ART Review (D. Abbott)

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 DG Macro Art

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro ART at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • Low Dispersion and Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 10.2″ Min. Focus
  • Coreless DC AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Dustin Abbott completed his comprehensive review of the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro ART lens.

From the conclusion;

[…] the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro | ART is a somewhat quirky lens.  It deviates from the path established for the ART series on a number of levels, and also deviates from the modern standard of what a macro lens should have (Image Stabilization, Internal Focus, etc…)  The one area where it is very much a Sigma ART lens is in the optical performance, where it delivers as good a performance as I’ve seen from a macro lens outside of bokeh that is a little busy in some situations.  I’m less impressed by the decision about the focus motor, at least on DSLRs […]

Dustin Abbott’s review comes with a huge set of sample pictures and analyses all aspects of the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro ART. For those who prefer to watch, the video review below tells everything.

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro ART: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Review (extreme optical instrument, D. Abbott)

Sigma 105mm F1.4

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Removable Rotating Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

There are many gear reviewers (and review sites) you can find on the web. Very few take it seriously and make their reviews “real world” related and yet highly professional. One of them is Dustin Abbott, who just posted his review of the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens, a pretty interesting lens in our opinion. It’s dubbed the “bokeh master”. Guess why.

In the conclusion he writes:

Sigma has once again successfully created an extreme optical instrument. Tackling a project like a 105mm lens with a huge maximum aperture of f/1.4 is not for the faint of heart, and yet I see evidence of growing maturation as Sigma manages to get more and more right. There’s no question that the extreme size and weight of the 105 ART will be off-putting to many, but those with a little extra arm strength will be rewarded with an exceptional portrait lens. The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART is not a mainstream lens. It isn’t a general-purpose lens; it is a tool for specialists. A lens like the 105 ART can seriously set your work apart from the crowd, providing images unique to those that a standard 70-200mm f/2.8 lens can produce. And for some photographers, that is worth the extra effort. […] The autofocus works well, the images look fantastic, and the build level is high.

D. Abbott’s reviews always come with a lot of sample photos, and all sorts of analysis. For those in a hurry the 23 minutes Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART video review below should do fine.

The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art sells at $1,599: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon