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APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than otherwise possible and allows for easy shooting for many types of photography.  SRP £1,149.99

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Large aperture telephoto zoom lens incorporating Sigma's original Optical Stabilizer function

This large aperture telephoto zoom lens, incorporating Sigma's original Optical Stabilizer function, covers focal lengths from 70mm to 200mm and offers a constant aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range. The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. It makes shooting easy for many types of photography such as portraits and sports. Two FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite glass, and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of color aberration. Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. The lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring a quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. It is also possible to attach Sigma's optional APO Tele Converters.

Ideal for handheld photography

No Optical Stabilizer

No Optical Stabilizer

With Optical Stabilizer

With Optical Stabilizer

The lens is equipped with Sigma's own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. This system offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, making telephoto shooting easy. Mode 1 is ideal for general photography and Mode 2 is designed for panning subjects such as racing cars. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject movement.

* For Pentax and Sony mounts, it is not possible to use the AF and the built-in OS function of this lens when attaching it to film SLR cameras as well as Pentax ist series and K100D.
* When using the OS function of a lens with a camera which incorporates a stabilizer unit, please turn the camera's stabilizer unit off.
* This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6 and Canon EOS-1v.

Compact construction

This lens has a compact construction with a diameter of 86.4mm(3.4in.), overall length of 197.6mm(7.8in.) and weight of 1,430g(50.4oz.). This compact and lightweight construction makes it ideal for many types of photography such as portraits, landscapes and sports.

Excellent Optical Performance

With Super Multi-Layer Coating

With Super Multi-Layer Coating

No Super Multi-Layer Coating

No Super Multi-Layer Coating

This lens features two FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have the performance equal to fluorite glass, and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements providing excellent correction of color aberration. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and ensures high contrast images. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.

* FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. This optical glass has a performance equal to fluorite glass which has a low refractive index and low dispersion compared to current optical glass. It also benefits from high anomalous dispersion.
These characteristics give excellent correction for residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum) which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass and ensures high definition and high contrast images.

High speed and quiet AF

Hyper Sonic Motor

Hyper Sonic Motor

The lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring high speed and quiet AF as well as full time manual focus capability.

* For Sony and Pentax mount, AF will not function with DSLR cameras that do not support HSM.

Inner focusing and inner zooming system

The lens design incorporates an inner focusing and inner zooming systems. The overall length of the lens does not change during focusing and zooming, ensuring convenient handling. The inner focusing system also eliminates front lens rotation, making the lens particularly suitable for using circular polarizing filters and the supplied petal-type lens hood. A removable tripod collar (TS-21) is included as a standard component.

Rounded diaphragm

Rounded diaphragm

This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive bokeh to the out of focus area.

APO Tele-Converter (Optional)

The addition of the optical 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters* produce a 98-280mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 140-400mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.

* The Pentax mount Tele Converter is not compatible with the particular lens.

Tele Converter matching list

Hood Adapter HA850-01 (Supplied)

Hood adapter extends the length of the lens hood and provides more effective shading when used with digital cameras with an APS-C size images sensor.

* When using the APS-C Hood Adapter HA850-01 with digital cameras with larger than APS-C size image sensor, vignetting will occur. Please remove the hood adapter if you are using these cameras.

Available mounts: 

Only SIGMA, Canon, Nikon mounts currently available. 



eisa awards

In the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, Sigma has produced a telephoto zoom lens that offers professional features and exceptionally good image quality at a very reasonable price. Even at the maximum aperture of F2.8 the lens delivers excellent sharpness and, combined with an effective image stabilizer (OS) and fast, silent autofocus (HSM), it is well suited to demanding photographic subjects such as nature, sports and documentary. Available with fittings for most camera brands, and covering APS-C and full-frame sensors, this lens is a perfect choice for both demanding amateurs and professional photographers.

* EISA is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 19 European countries. All EISA member magazines meet to decide which of products analyzed in their publications during the past year deserve the coveted EISA Award. The six categories under consideration are: Audio, Video, Home Theater, Photography, In-Car Electronics Electronics and Mobile Devices.

SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM receives TIPA Best Expert Lens Award.

tipa awards

This bright, high quality telephoto zoom lens contains 22 elements (including 3 SLD and 2 FLD glass elements) in 17 groups. The lens is designed to cover 24x36mm "full-frame" sensors and has an optical image stabilisation system (OS) that compensates approximately four stops. Its HSM function assures smooth and silent auto focusing. Chromatic aberration is reduced to a minimum and sharpness is at a very high level over the entire focal length range.

* Currently, 29 publication from Europe, South Africa, Canada and USA are members of the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) organization and chief editors and technical editors of these publications constitute this organization. Since 1991, TIPA has presented many awards in several sectors, including imaging.

APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM


Lens Construction

APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM


Lens Construction 22 Elements in 17 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 34.3 - 12.3 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 140cm / 55.1in.
Maximum Magnification 1:8
Filter Size Diameter 77mm
Dimensions Diameter 86.4mm x Length 197.6mm /3.4in. x 7.8in.
Weight 1430g / 50.4oz.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Sigma Canon Nikon    

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-589561
Canon 00-85126-589547
Nikon 00-85126-589554

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In The News

Digital Photography Review

Digital Photography Review
‘It tends to be very sharp in the center of the frame even wide open… giving truly excellent results across the frame by F5.6 - F8. Of particular note is the almost complete lack of chromatic aberration, which presumably is due to the use of the latest 'FLD' glass in the lens's construction. The resultant absence of color fringing is important as it means the images look extremely clean right across the frame, and this has a strong positive impact on the overall perceived image quality. Sigma has clearly been working hard in the lens's stabilization and focusing systems, and we found that both performed extremely well.’

Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer
‘Matching the Canon for specification, Sigma offer a constant f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens at a lower price. Zooming is smooth across the span. Both focus and zoom rings work independently, so manual fine-tuning of the AF lock point is allowed. Adjustment is by internal group movement, so there is no external rotation or extension involved. This is a first class modern lens that is easy for the action and sports photographer to use.’


‘During testing this Sigma lens has proved itself quite capable of producing excellent results. It seems Sigma's exotic FLD glass has done the trick by keeping chromatic aberrations to an absolute minimum. At f/2.8 the resolution in the centre is already very good… Here the sharpness across the frame is excellent. Sigma's optical stabiliser is certainly capable and is about as effective as the system found in marque lenses. This adds to the feeling of good value this lens provides, especially as it's around £400 cheaper than the marque competition.’

Digital SLR Photography

Digital SLR Photography
The Sigma looks the part, and does the business. It’s sharp, very sharp, giving nothing away to the more expensive rivals… AF and image stabilisation perform very well too… It’s best feature, though, is the unbeatable price – you can’t quibble at that.’

Advanced Photographer

Advanced Photographer
‘Sigma excels when it comes to presenting its products and this 70-200mm is very good in this respect. It looks and feels impressive. Open aperture performance is good at the centre and respectable at the edges and stopping down just improves sharpness with f/8 and f/11 being optimum. Image quality at the 200mm end is not bad at all and at the maximum aperture and in the corners it is comparable to the Nikon lens. Resistance to flare seems good – and the supplied extension hood for APS-C DSLR owners is a nice touch.’

‘The specification promises everything that the big boys have to offer, but at half the price. Has excellent ultrasonic focusing. We knew this lens was good, but actually it’s very good. Best of all, this lens is sharp across the frame and at most apertures.’

Issue 45

'It’s hard to see where you can go wrong with this lens, at a big saving against marque rivals.  It’s impressively sharp, especially in the centre, including at 200mm which is the usual weak spot.

AF is fast and quiet, the image stabilisation efficient.'

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography
‘The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG OS is a fantastic lens with great corner-to-corner sharpness in nearly all conditions, sooth bokeh and minimal distortion.”
“The price may be higher that we’re used to from Sigma, but it’s a solid, excellent performer and worth every penny.’

RPS Journal

RPS Journal
‘Results from the Sigma are exceptional compared to the Nikon VR II. Sigma’s central image circle appears to be slightly brighter through the viewfinder. In terms of images captured, you would struggle to distinguish between the two lenses. The Sigma images are free of aberrations, have excellent bokeh characteristics, and distortion is minimal: the best you can hope to achieve with a variable focal length. A truly excellent lens. This is one of Sigma’s great full frame lenses.’

Digital Photo
‘Substaintialy cheaper than its full-frame competitors. Construction is reassuringly sturdy and nicely finished. The package is completed by a decent lens hood, tripod ring and padded carry case.
Photo Plus

‘Autofocus is practically silent and very fast.  Optical stabilisation lives up to its four-stop claims, and delivers consistently shake-free handheld shots at slow shutter speeds. Image quality is excellent, with great sharpness and contrast is generally good.  A great lens’! 


'Image quality is excellent, aided by the inclusion of three SLD and two FLD elements, the latter of which are claimed to equal fluorite glass in performance. Sharpness is impressive throughout the zoom range’  

Professional Photo

OS image stabilisation performed very well with a claimed four stops of benefit translating into a 90% success rate at three stops and 60% at four stops. At mid-range apertures, sharpness soars way above the Excellent line at all focal lengths, at both centre and edges. On this showing, there's no denying the high performance capability of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM OS. And the bargain price is fact.


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