The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 for DSLRs is the mid-telephoto zoom lens of choice for many professional photographers. Its compact size, constant F2.8 aperture, versatile zoom range and exceptional image quality make it one of the most useful lenses on the market for weddings, events, sports, portraits, wildlife, news and commercial photography.
The lens also boasts Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer for shooting hand-held in low light, and being in the Sports line of lenses it has weather sealing to keep it safe from the elements.
Other pro-grade features include two custom buttons, high speed AF and a tripod socket with 90 degree stops. The lens pairs perfectly with the SIGMA 14-24mm and 24-70mm, which together create an unbroken focal range of 14-200mm with a constant F2.8 aperture.
The 70-200mm sits in the Sports line-up, which means it is designed to withstand the rigours of heavy professional use. The exterior barrel is constructed of magnesium alloy, which is strong and light with a premium finish. The lens hood is made of a robust polycarbonate, and has a rubber grip at the end for easy fitting and removal.
The zoom and focus rings are rubberised for easier operation, and the zoom ring can be locked in position using the Lock switch.
The lens has a dust and splash resistant structure with special sealing at the mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, and cover connection, allowing photographers to work in all types of weather.
At the rear of the lens is a tripod collar and foot for better balance when the lens is on a tripod, which can be rotated and locked so that the camera can easily be switched between portrait and landscape orientation. The foot has an Arca Swiss dovetail notch so that it will mount on an Arca Swiss compatible tripod without the need for a tripod plate.
The durable brass mount is surrounded by a rubber seal to help keep out dust and moisture.
Precision brass mount with seal
Protects against dust and moisture.
Weather sealed barrel
A dust and splash resistant structure for shooting in difficult weather.
AF function button
With pre-set AF modes.
For changing between auto and manual focus. Includes Manual Focus Override function.
Focus Limiter switch
For limiting the lens' focusing range.
Two-mode Optical Stabiliser
For shake-free hand-held shots.
Custom Mode switch
For a more customised lens set-up.
A range of controls on the lens include an AF/MF switch with manual focus override, allowing manual focus adjustment during AF, and a Custom Mode switch so that the lens set-up can be customised using the USB Dock (sold separately).
The lens also has a Focus Limiter so that the focusing range can be reduced for faster and more accurate operation. This is particularly useful when there are objects in the frame between the camera and the subject that the lens might attempt to focus on.
The lens has both internal focus and internal zoom, which means the length of the barrel never changes.
The 4-stop Optical Stabilizer has a mode for general shooting and one for panning – ideal for fast-moving birds and vehicles.
The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to ensure focusing is fast, accurate and quiet – essential when photographing wildlife.
The 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S delivers outstanding optical quality, with excellent rendering of detail right into the corners at all focal lengths.
The lens has an advanced optical design made up of 24 elements in 22 groups, including 1 SLD element and 9 FLD elements. These 10 low dispersion elements, more than in any other SIGMA lens at the time of release, ensure razor-sharp results and help to eliminate chromatic aberration, flare, distortion and vignetting.
The lens has advanced optical coatings which reduce flare and ghosting when working in bright direct sunlight, creating high contrast images with rich colours and strong blacks.
At the wide end, the 70-200mm offers the ideal focal length for flattering head-and-shoulders portraits, with plenty of scope for shooting longer for a tighter angle on the background. The F2.8 aperture produces a shallow depth-of-field for blurry background, and the bokeh is attractive and smooth. In focus areas are exceptionally sharp.
The 70-200mm is the only constant F2.8 mid-telephoto zoom in the Sigma range, making it the obvious choice for pro photographers needing a reliable, fast and sharp workhorse lens that can be used for almost any type of photography. It is often used as part of a trio with the 14-24mm F2.8 and 24-70mm F2.8, which together offer an unbroken focal range of 14-200mm. A slightly longer and lighter mid-telephoto option is the 100-400mm, although this does not have a constant F2.8 aperture or weather sealing.
SIGMA has two teleconverters that are compatible with this lens. The TC-1401 1.4x converter (produces 84-280mm F4) and the TC-2001 2x converter (produces 140-400mm F5.6). Both support full autofocus on cameras with F8 AF compatibility.
All Sigma cameras and lenses are designed, manufactured and assembled at our sole factory at Aizu in Japan. This domestic production model is unusual in today’s industry, with most imaging companies opting to outsource to other countries to reduce costs. But SIGMA believes that keeping virtually all manufacturing, processing and assembly in Aizu is essential for creating innovative, carefully thought-out and impeccably constructed products that meet the high standards demanded by professional photographers and film-makers around the world.
Sigma chose Aizu as its main production base in the early 1970s. Situated at the base of Mount Bandai in the Fukushima Prefecture, about four hours’ drive north of Tokyo, Aizu has an abundance of very clean water from mountain streams, which is essential for grinding and polishing lenses. Sigma’s founder, Michihiro Yamaki, was also drawn to this area for its workforce, who have a reputation for their craftsmanship, work ethic and attention to detail. Mr Yamaki’s son, Kazuto Yamaki, now the owner and CEO of SIGMA Corporation, has the same unwavering commitment to keeping production in Japan.
Today Sigma’s factory is more than 50,000 square feet in size, and packed full of some of the most advanced optical manufacturing technology in existence. So when you buy a Sigma camera or lens you can be sure that virtually every single component part has been manufactured and assembled by SIGMA, in Japan, with the greatest level of care and attention. We hope you enjoy using our products.
If you want to see how a particular SIGMA lens or camera performs, why not test drive it with our SIGMA Select hire service. Available for selected SIGMA lenses, short-term loans are free of charge (including shipping), with a small fee if you want to test it for longer. Refundable deposit required. Subject to availability.
24 elements in 22 groups
Angle of view
Number of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum focusing distance
Maximum magnification ratio
Dimensions (diameter x length)
ø94.2mm × 202.9mm
Corresponding AF mounts
Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA
Canon EF barcode
Nikon F barcode
Sigma SA barcode
Specifications are for Sigma SA mount
A special coating applied to the front element to help repel water and oil.
Mounting a camera with a heavy lens on a tripod puts huge strain on the camera’s tripod thread. To get around this some telephoto lenses have a tripod socket so that the camera and lens attach to the tripod at or close to their centre of gravity. This ensures a more balanced set-up.
This suppresses flare and ghosting by minimising reflections within the lens, ensuring punchy, high-contrast results. All lenses in the current Sigma range feature this technology.
This allows filters to be added at the rear of the lens. The filters are about the size of an SD card, and can be purchased or cut out from a sheet using a special template. Because these filters aren’t open to the elements they stay clean, and are much easier to carry around.
Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer function uses sensors inside the lens to detect motion, then moves specific lens elements in order to effectively minimise blur. This helps ensure shake-free images at slower shutter speeds.
This describes the degree to which a lens can magnify an in-focus subject. The ratio shows the relationship between the size of the projection of a subject on the camera’s sensor (the left number) and its actual size in reality (the right number).
Internal focus or an inner focus system means the lens configuration uses movable internal lens elements that adjust focus without changing the length of the lens barrel. This helps keep the centre of gravity of the lens more constant when changing focus.
Sigma’s Hypersonic Motor (HSM) uses ultrasonic waves to drive the autofocus mechanism. It is extremely quiet, fast and accurate, so is well suited to a wide range of photo and video applications.
The lens has an image circle large enough to be used on a full-frame camera. It can also be used on cameras with a smaller ‘crop’ sensor, provided the mount is compatible.
This switch, found on some Sigma telephoto lenses, allows users to limit the focusing range to either near distance or far distance. This helps speed up AF, and also ensures the camera won’t attempt to focus on an unwanted area of the frame.
The lens has a filter thread around the front element onto which filters and filter holders can be attached.
This switch is found on selected Sigma lenses. On L-Mount versions it is possible to customise the OS and focus limiter distance and assign these to C1 or C2. On Sony E-mount C1 and C2 are pre-assigned to control the OS effect.
The mount is the part of the lens that attaches to the camera body. A coated brass mount is used for strength, and is surrounded by a rubber seal to keep out dust and moisture.
Found on the barrel of some Sigma lenses, the AFL button can be assigned to various functions to widen the range of operations available on the lens (available functions depend on the camera model).
This switch toggles between autofocus and manual focus.
The diaphragm is constructed of nine rounded blades for a circular aperture opening and round out-of-focus highlights.