Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Lens Summary

Brand: Sigma

Also Known As: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA

Release Date: 2010-02-20

MSRP Price: $1249

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Poor

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: Sigma\'s APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the second generation of this large aperture telephoto zoom lens now incorporating Sigma’s Optical Stablization function, OS, our own anti-shake system which makes viewing a stabilized image in the viewfinder possible for Sony and Pentax users if chosen. Two FLD glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass have also been added along with three SLD glass elements, all which provide excellent correction of color aberration. In spite of the additions of all of these features, Sigma has managed to make the lens more compact than its predecessor, measuring only 7.8” in length. For any serious photographer where the 70-200mm focal range is often the most important second lens to own after the initial standards lens or mid range zooms. The fast aperture is extremely useful and important in low light environments or when shooting fast moving situations where a higher shutter speed demands maximum lights thru the lens. HSM ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. Super Multi-Layer lens coating reduces flare ghosting and assures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It has a minimum focusing distance of 55.1 inches throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:8 The rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out of focus images. This lens is equipped with a petal-type hood. Its exceptional versatility as an all-around lens is perfect for journalists and wedding photographers. This latest version of the Sigma 70-200mm is well regarded for its outstanding image quality, light weight and ease of operation.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length70-200mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)Nikon FX/35mm, Film Nikon DX, 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-C)
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Zoom Ratio2.85x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:8
Optical Stabilization (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)34.3° - 12.3°
Optical Information
Lens Elements22
Lens Groups17
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements2 FLD elements 3 SLD elements
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.40m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions86 x 197 mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Construction

MTF Chart

Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Chart


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Claus Moeller

Hi Nasim
I am a bit confused, this review seems to describe the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD, since this lens has a 77mm filter thread.
What is your opinion about the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (that has a 82mm filter thread)? From other reviews, I have the impression that the Sports version of the lens, unlike the lens from this review (and the Nikon 70-200mm), does not suffer from focus breathing and gives you a true 200 mm reach with close up focusing…

Thanks for your great work – I really love your site.


Great lens for wildlife and wedding photography. Use it on Nikon D7000 and am still happy after about one year. Very fast and silent autofocus. But, this appears to be a common problem, I had to send it to Sigma along with my D7000 for optimal focus tuning. Service was for free due to warranty. Brilliant results. Would purchase it again. I’m currently testing it along with a Sigma 1.4 teleconverter.

Renjith Renuja Kumar

I got mine today , nikon mount for my D800
Initial feeling: nice and solid lens
Bit more plastic y as compared to my Ex- canon EF 70-200 f2.8 IS 1, but not feeling inferior , its really solid and rouged
AF is very fast and silent, and its focus dead on the target
OS is bit noisy but its really working great
Will test it more and update my views later
for the moment i am very happy


Would love to purchase the Nikon 70-200 2.8 but this price is a little daunting. Considering the Sigma and Tamron. Can you give an update on this lens?