The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sports Lens Review

Sigma describes this lens as its "flagship" lens, but how does it perform in the hands of an independent reviewer? Take a look and find out if it lives up to the hype.

Before I bought my Canon R5 and a bunch of native lenses to go with it, I was a big supporter of third-party lenses. In my collection of lenses, I have a bunch of Tamrons, Tokinas, and Sigmas, and I have to say that out of all the third-party lenses I own, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art was always my favorite, despite its heft and weight. The quality and sharpness I got from that lens was far better than a number of Canon L series lenses I own, so I am most definitely a fan of Sigma's lens lineup. That being said, I've never owned a 70-200mm lens of any kind, so when I went to Sigma's website to look at its latest lineup, I was quite surprised to see that they name the 70-200mm lens as their "flagship" lens.

It's a big statement, so I was very pleased to see this great video brought to you by Christopher Frost, in which he reviews the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sports lens. Sigma describes this lens thusly: "Prized for event, portraiture, and sports shooting, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens is a flexible telephoto zoom characterized by its bright and sophisticated design. The fast constant f/2.8 maximum aperture excels in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for isolating subjects." But what does an independent reviewer like Frost say? Undoubtedly, my favorite quote from his review was his description of the bokeh being "as smooth and pleasing as Barry White's voice." Buttery gold. Coming in at $1,400, it's not super cheap, but if it's anything like my 50mm Art lens (even though that's a prime lens), then $1,400 is a bargain. Give the video a look and let me know your thoughts.

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Iain Stanley is an Associate Professor teaching photography and composition in Japan. Fstoppers is where he writes about photography, but he's also a 5x Top Writer on Medium, where he writes about his expat (mis)adventures in Japan and other things not related to photography. To view his writing, click the link above.

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I.have long admired this lens so I am disappointed to hear that the tripod mount is not removable. This is a deal breaķer for me because I had a similar problem with my oĺd 300mm Nikkor f4 lens and it drove me nuts until a friendly press photographer removed the damn thing for me. Such a little thing to spoil a relationship...

Have long been a follower of Christopher Frost. Simple, straight forward reviews,which pull no punches.
Would happily rely on his conclusions.
Though referring to an above post, if I were to use this lens for e.g. sons' sport, would use hand held .If for landscapes, would be on atripod which never gets jerked around.