Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens

March 27, 2019  •  1 Comment

Now that I have had a little time to 'play' with the latest addition to Sigma Sports family, the 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens, below are my considered thoughts.

The lens is so tactile and well thought out. The design is efficient and workmanlike. There are some really nice touches like the locking lens hood with a rubberised ring for grip. It is a pleasure to just be able to pick it up and use it without having to look where the various buttons are. They are all in the right place, making using the various functions second nature and switching from one setting to another seamless and fast. Essential for sports photographers whether pro or amateur. There are no particular vices or glitches in its operation and it delivers exactly what a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens should, particularly when you take into consideration the cost of the opposition! The lens is solid, (not too heavy as it is well balanced), well made and inspires confidence that it will stand up to professional use aided by the dust and moisture resistant construction and seals.

As with my other Sigma Sports lenses I have tweaked the custom focussing functions. C1 to be quicker on focus for fast objects coming towards the camera and C2 to be smother and more locked on, for slow shutter speed panning. This coupled with the Sigma Optical Stabilisation set to 2, makes for great results. Sigma quotes a four-stop advantage when using the OS system which would appear to be true. For action I would not normally use any inbuilt stabilisation, but I have had a play and I have to say I am very impressed. The standard setting was very useful and accurate when shooting handheld in low light in the pit box.

I cannot speak highly enough of this lens. In a nut shell, it has outstanding sharpness, with lovely bokeh. There is even performance across the zoom range with no flare and very low vignetting, no doubt because of the one SLD (Super Low Dispersion) element and 10 LD (Low Dispersion) elements. The front element is even fluorine coated to repel grease and water, however I would always use a UV filter for protection. Nice touch though. Then there is the price! Again, Sigma have produced a true professional lens at a more affordable price!

The Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens is a win, win situation, which in a sports photographers world is a given.

The following images were all shot on Canon 1DX bodies with the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens.

TK1_1926TK1_19262019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 13th March 2019.
Xavi Fores, Spain, Honda Racing
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 13th March 2019. Xavi Fores, Spain, Honda Racing.

 

TK1_1759TK1_1759 BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 13th March 2019. Scott Redding, Gloucester, Be Wiser PBM Ducati.

 

TK1_2169TK1_21692019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 14th March 2019.
Glenn Irwin, Carrickfergus, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki,
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 14th March 2019. Glenn Irwin, Carrickfergus, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

 

TK1_2637TK1_26372019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019.
Tarran Mackenzie, Ashby, McAMS Yamaha
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019. Tarran Mackenzie, Ashby, McAMS Yamaha.

 

TK1_2138TK1_21382019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019.
Tarran Mackenzie, Ashby, McAMS Yamaha, Jason O'Halloran, Market Rasen, McAMS Yamaha
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019. Tarran Mackenzie, Ashby, McAMS Yamaha and Jason O'Halloran, Market Rasen, McAMS Yamaha.
 

TK1_2307TK1_2307 BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019. Bradley Ray, Lydd, Buildbase Suzuki.

 

TK1_2331TK1_23312019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019.
Josh Brookes, Australia, Be Wiser PBM Ducati
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 15th March 2019. Josh Brookes, Australia, Be Wiser PBM Ducati.

 

TK1_2214TK1_22142019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 14th March 2019.
Glenn Irwin, Carrickfergus, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki,
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 14th March 2019. Glenn Irwin, Carrickfergus, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

 

TK1_2709TK1_27092019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal. 16th March 2019
Glenn Irwin, Carrickfergus, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
BSB Pre-Season Test, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal. 16th March 2019. Glenn Irwin, Carrickfergus, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki and Ben Currie, Australia, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

 

TK1_2752TK1_27522019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal. 16th March 2019
Ben Currie, Australia, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
BSB Pre-Season Test, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal. 16th March 2019. Ben Currie, Australia, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

 

TK1_2260TK1_22602019 British Superbike Championship, BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 14th March 2019.
Ben Currie, Australia, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
BSB Pre-Season Test, Monteblanco Circuit, La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. 14th March 2019. Ben Currie, Australia, Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

 

Following a recent trip to Brands Hatch to photograph Nathan Heathcote of the Century Motorsport Team, who will be competing this year in the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, below are some of his publicity photographs, shot with the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens.

TK3_2627ATK3_2627A2019 Millers Oil SuperCup Championship, Media Day, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 21st March 2019.
Nathan Heathcote, Century Motorsport team,
TK2_9866TK2_98662019 Millers Oil SuperCup Championship, Media Day, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 21st March 2019.
Nathan Heathcote, Century Motorsport team,

TK3_2745TK3_27452019 Millers Oil SuperCup Championship, Media Day, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 21st March 2019.
Nathan Heathcote, Century Motorsport team,
TK3_2554TK3_25542019 Millers Oil SuperCup Championship, Media Day, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK. 21st March 2019.
Nathan Heathcote, Century Motorsport team,

Images © Tim Keeton | Impact Images Photography
 

 


Comments

Andrew(non-registered)
Hey! Thanks for this. I use a Sigma 150-600 C f/5-6.3 (for air-shows and motorsport) and a Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 for motorsport and the only extra lens I need is for sure a 70-200 F2.8. Useful for so many situations (not just motorsport but portrait, low light, concerts, etc). I was having some trouble finding any feedback on the Sigma for motorsport use so your feedback is great and example images are really useful, thanks. My heart is still saying go with the Nikon 70-200 but that £1,000 difference is really difficult to swallow!
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