Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports review

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports is a trinity zoom that gives you pro-grade build quality, handling, and performance, but with a consumer-level price tag.

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS Sports
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This Sigma lens really delivers. It ticks pretty much every box on the wish list of even the most demanding photographers. Build quality is of a pro-grade standard, complete with comprehensive weather-seals, handling is utterly refined with copious hands-on controls, autofocus is ultra-fast and virtually silent, and optical stabilization is highly effective. More crucially, image quality combines razor-sharpness with buttery smooth bokeh. And if all of that’s not enough, it’ll also save you a big chunk of money, compared with directly competing own-brand Sony E-mount and Panasonic L-mount lenses.


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    Stellar image quality

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    Exotic handling characteristics

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    Tough, weather-sealed construction


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    Tripod foot fiddly to detach

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    No TCs or USB Dock for Sony

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    Modest maximum magnification

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The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS Sports has a tough act to follow. We’ve always been big fans of the DG OS HSM Sports edition of the lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. It’s nothing short of magnificent and our only real criticism is that it’s a weighty beast, tipping the scales at 1,805g. The new ‘DN’ edition for Sony E-mount and Leica L-mount cameras shaves 470g off the weight, making it just over a pound lighter and much more easily manageable.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.