Sigma rumor: new 70-200mm f/2.8 FE lens inbound?

Image shows Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (Image credit: Sigma)

Sigma may be about to bolster its lens range with the launch of a new 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom, featuring a Sony E mount. This new lens would add significant flexibility for users of Sony Alpha cameras, covering the main portrait focal lengths and short telephoto range, combined with a constant, bright aperture. 

While it has been rumored for several months, it is possible that we will see the new optic before the end of the year. It had been suggested that the lens was delayed in order to allow time to perfect the autofocus capability of the optic, and ensure that it was at a professional standard before being distributed – however, this has not been officially confirmed.

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With the ongoing popularity of Sony full-frame camera bodies, particularly among professional photographers (with the Associated Press recently announcing that it will only use Sony Alpha equipment going forward), a lens of this type would make perfect sense for Sigma, which has long been a firm choice for alternative, non-proprietary lens options. 

As one of the so-called 'trinity lenses', the 70-200mm f/2.8 is a staple of the professional photographer's kit bag – and consequently, there are plenty of top choices for the best 70-200mm telephoto lens. Rival manufacturer Tamron already offers its Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD that, while not identical in focal range, provides a similar option with which the new Sigma would be in direct competition. 

Sigma itself was unable to comment, so Alpha users who are also Sigma devotees will have to wait a bit longer for confirmation of the exact specification and arrival date of such a lens… should it so happen to materialize in the not too distant future.

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