New Kit - Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon

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Hi folks, today I want to talk about a new bit of kit that arrived yesterday, the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon. This lens comes available for Canon as well for anyone who isn't a Nikon loyalist like me, and Sigma claim that this lens is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function. I picked this lens up second hand through Jessops, and it arrived in like-new condition which was great, although I was a bit disappointed with the lack of manual, case or even original packaging since it was advertised as mint condition, though perhaps that's my fault for assuming.

The first thing I noticed when I unboxed this lens was the weight of it. I own a much cheaper telephoto lens as well, a Tamron 70-300 which I picked up with my first DSLR many moons ago, and the weight difference is definitely eye watering. The Sigma 70-200mm is a sturdy piece of kit, with a high-quality feel and professional appearance.

Since I usually lean towards prime lenses, I have been quite excited to have a piece of glass with zoom functionality to give me extra flexibility in situations where I can't 'zoom with my feet'. One thing that threw me off initially was that the direction you twist in order to zoom in is the opposite to the direction on my Tamron, so there will be a bit of brain rewiring to get used to that - but it isn't exactly the end of the world.

Test shots

Here is a sample of test shots of the Sigma 70-200mm at various focal lengths.

Note that the images have been edited in Lightroom CC.

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Details:

  • f2.8

  • exposure time 1/400

  • ISO-100

  • focal length 200mm

This shot was taken at the maximum focal length the lens can deliver, 200mm. I'm incredibly impressed with the bokeh which is flattering without being too creamy, and the sharpness of the focal area.

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Details:

  • f2.8

  • exposure time 1/320

  • ISO-100

  • focal length 70mm

This shot was taken at the minimum focal length the lens can deliver, 70mm. Again, the image is sharp and has a brilliant amount of detail.

Details:

  • f2.8

  • exposure time 1/320

  • ISO-400

  • focal length 200mm

I've cropped this image at three different levels to see how much detail and quality is lost. At a very close crop the image still retains good levels of detail. Again here, I'm pleased with the bokeh in the background.

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Details:

  • f2.8

  • exposure time 1/2000

  • ISO-400

  • focal length 135mm

Here, the first image of the worm is cropped to an extreme, and the second image is the original size with no cropping. Again I'm really happy with the level of detail retained when cropping closely.

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