28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 Ultra Compact
Launched 1996

Sigma’s first venture into the ultra-compact 28-200mm ‘superzoom’ market hit the shelves in March 1996 and shared the plaudits with the Tamron of similar ilk over the next few months, generally coming out just ahead. Named the UC for Ulta-Compact, its size was one of its major selling points, being some 10mm shorter than its predecessor. The lens was designed to accept a matched Apochromatic close-up lens (AML) which reduced the minimum focus distance from 1.5m to 0.56m and gave an impressive reproduction ratio of 1:2.


Focal Length 75-300mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.8-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22 – f/32
Field of View 75-12°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5m
Filter Size 77mm
Diameter 78mm (max.)
Length 187mm
Weight 450g
Lens Construction 14 Elements in 13 groups
Lens Hood N/A
SRP at launch: £270
Available Mounts: TBA

Launched with a black ‘Zen’ finish, this was later added to with a champagne silver version priced at £215, which the original black version had dropped to. The AML close up lens attachment was priced at a further £39.95

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Manual (.pdf document 282kb)

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