Sigma rumored to announce a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at the end of the month

The current Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM lens for Nikon

Today Sigma released a press release indicating that a new lens will be announced during the PhotoPlus show in NYC at the end of the month - the rumors are that Sigma will introduce a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that will replace the current 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM version:

Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase its full line up of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 26-28, 2017 (booth 837).


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  • Eric Calabros

    currently I have enough problems with their “Art” 24-70 AF fine tuning to already ignore this announcement. very disappointed.

    • Luboš

      Tamron 24-70 G2 is a good choice.

      • Eric Calabros

        You mean “better” choice? Yes it is.

      • Mike Lyons

        I’ve tried three copies of the 24-70 G2 on a D810 and had to return ALL of them- hopelessly out of focus and TAP-in console couldn’t rectify it. Disappointed!!

        • Amir

          Yep!Seems when it comes to be reviewed by Youtube channels,only very qualified copy is given by Tamron,but when it comes to purchase one for personal use,that is another story.I changed two of 24-70 G2 copies and ended up purchasing Nikkor lens!

          • Lens rentals seems to find good copies.

            • Eric Calabros

              They don’t test AF

    • Erick Tessier

      Do you have the dock?

      • Eric Calabros

        Yes, without that I would simply throw the lens away. Some copies will be fine with just a small adjustment, some need a lot. Scary variance.

        • Erick Tessier

          It would be interesting if you could try on another body than the D7500, to see if the variance is related to the body model. I read somewhere that a well calibrated lens on a specific body would not be as precise on another.

          • Eric Calabros

            I will. Body is certainly part of the problem, but the amount of adjustments​ sometimes needed to reach acceptable level is far beyond AF modules precision variances.

          • Andycapt

            Do these other lenses require the initial face down Set up as my 24 -105. I thought this a little odd but understood it as I read but I’ve seen no talk of it and my lens is awesome.

        • Mikycoud

          Sigma meeting some years ago:
          “hey, here’s an idea: let’s be even more “olé olé” with our lens calibration standards. After all, when we can sell the customer a dock which will let him do our work, why bother calibrate at all… In fact let’s give the calibration team 12 months of holidays. We’ll see how it goes from there….. Thanx all. Meeting’s over. Anyone up for coffee?

    • Bill M

      Just because one of their lenses has given you trouble doesn’t automatically translate that all their lenses will exhibit the same behavior. I have the Art 50-100 f/1.8 lens and have been very impressed. I am very interested in this new “Sport” lens and will be curious how it compares to the new Tamron G2 and the Nikon FL.

      • irandroid

        If I can have a dollar for every person that has trouble with sigma art…

        • fanboy fagz

          What, youd have 50 bucks?

          • Noor

            He’d be filthy rich. The Sigma QC is just disappointing. I’m glad you have a good copy – way too many have issues. As a full-time pro that depends on his gear working, it’s a no thank you for me.

            • David Gottlieb

              One Sigma lens breaking down on a shoot in Africa was not fun. AF motor completely went out only one month after purchase. What a joke…. Never Again!!!

      • VanHoff

        Well… I had the 50 “art” for my D810 and… Yes, it delivers astounding sharpness at 1.4, that if you manage (I still don’t know how) to correct the AF issues that plague its “performance” and turns its use a real pain in the ass for commercial work.

        At the end, I returned to my reliable and not so perfect Nikkor 50 1.4G, and you know what? it depends on one’s technique to get the best of the “potato” you put in front of your camera. That plain and bloody simple.

        • Van, you need to adjust the camera’s AF settings for that lens. I use Continuous AF, lock on short, single AF point, AF-On button, (AF turned off of shutter). My keeper rate is as good as any other Nikon lens I own.

          • Jan Peeters

            @Matt Anderson: I’m not fluent in English, can you please explain “I use Continuous AF, lock on short, single AF point, AF-On button, (AF turned off of shutter). “

          • VanHoff

            Yeah I tried several combinations on AF, and some worked better than others, You are right!, that you mentioned was the best one, but even there it was frustrating to have a bad rate of properly focused photos and at the end I decided that I can’t trust in a lens that could lead to loss money and clients confidence in my work. :'(

        • Bill M

          So help me understand, you purchased a Sigma Art lens and presumably the dock for fine tuning and no matter what you did you could not get the lens to AF properly on your camera? It sounds like that would be something you would send back to Sigma to have them check it out. I’m not saying Sigma is perfect or that you didn’t calibrate properly, but if you can’t get your lens to AF properly there is a problem with the lens that needs to be addressed by the manufacturer and not just assumed that this means all lenses from the mfr must exhibit the same problem.

          • VanHoff

            Yes Bill, I agree with you, that is the way to get it fixed, return it to sigma and let them do the proper fix, but it happens that I live in Colombia and sending back a lens to the U.S from here is expensive plus the taxes one has to pay, and the import/export charges, etc. I came to the conclusion that this particular copy I had, was unique and very very hard to calibrate even with the dock, So Idecided to sell it to another guy who has a D610 and he finally got it calibrated for his camera and now it works fine for him -most of the time- I must say.

            I read all over several pages that the 50 “art” is specially rougue when paired with D810’s, a female photographer had 3 D810’s and when she paired with the 50 art, the lens fried the camera systems causing a short circuit, when she took her D810’s to Nikon service they said that the cameras were fried internally and nothing can be done to fix them. So I decided to get rid of my “bad copy” before anything bad happened to my D810.

            • silmasan

              Could you please mention what website you’re referring to? I can’t find anything related to those keywords (D810 sigma 50 art fried / short circuit), or maybe it’s not in English?

              (Btw, this is why I tend to recommend sticking with whatever brand/OEM that has an official service center in the same city where one lives… too much risk otherwise)

            • VanHoff

              Silmasan: It took me some time to recover the link but here is the thread in the D810 users Facebook group where a user named as “Katarzyna Rolak” talks about what happened to her 3 D810 bodies when using the 50 art it fried the bodies in the middle of her wedding season…

              https://www.facebook.com/groups/NikonD810users/permalink/561980094007027/

            • silmasan

              Ah, facebook… no wonder I couldn’t google it.. OK thanks for the link!

            • Bill M

              I hear you VanHoff, sounds like you did all you could. Sorry it did not work out for you. But I’m still excited to see what Sigma has done with the quality of this to be announced Sport 70-200 f/2.8

            • David Gottlieb

              You must work for Sigma. Hope they pay you well. 😉

          • David Gottlieb

            Go do a search and you will see hundreds and hundreds of complaints about their lenses. Have fun!!!!

      • Andycapt

        Did you have to do the face down setup. I just wondering how many are just unboxing it and mounting it without reading the instructions and shooting themselves in the foot because they are too smart for instructions like me, but I read this one first.

    • Other than fine tuning, how is it? Your take on corners wide open and bokeh.

      • Eric Calabros

        Bokeh is ok, but nothing special. Center is really sharp even on crop sensor, but corners are meh. If I was going to shoot landscape most of the time I would pay the premium for Nikon 24-70E. But for general use, Art is good enough. Only if it hasn’t this annoying fine tune issues. Its not as heavy as you expect from a 24-70, but its very fat. Here its on D7500.. looks like SpaceX capsule docking with the body
        http://i67.tinypic.com/688x2a.jpg

    • sickheadache

      U should of read them reviews…Before ..this is not your first day here on Planet Earth! The Art Line Prime is perfect…That art 24-70..Well it is just OK..But it is not like their 50..85..135.

      • Eric Calabros

        My problem is not that its overall sharpness is not at the level of their primes. Of course prime will be better, of course beating 24-70E is a tough job.

        • Aldo

          What made you go for the sigma instead of the Tamron? It seems to be getting the better reviews.

          • Eric Calabros

            I regret that.

      • fanboy fagz

        Its not a lens worthy of their ART label and thats consistent with their history of not makibg a single 28/24-70 thats stellar. This is their best to date but none were fantastic.

        Amd I will say the same for the 70-200..a bit better then the current but not vr2 or g2 good. And whos the clown who designed the current one. 2 different finishes on the body. Looks like it was built from leftover pieces. Theres no unity design to it.

        • Thom Hogan

          There’s not a single 24-70mm on the market that’s perfect. That’s because with that particular focal range you’re crossing from wide angle to telephoto designs optically. A lens that is all wide angle or all telephoto is far easier to design corrections for.

          • fanboy fagz

            yes but if were talking about all 28/24-70 made, sigma was NEVER able to make one that was near the nikon equivalent from 2.8-4 and sometimes even 5.6. this one is no exception. its the best they made but crap lens. for that price get a used 24-70G

          • David Gottlieb

            So what you are saying Thom, in between the lines, is that Sigma, given all the complaints on the web, doesn’t know how to design a lens. Thank You for the clarification!!!! 😉

            • Thom Hogan

              Not what I’m saying at all, in the lines or between them. Not sure where you get that from.

    • Jair Garciaferro Lajud

      I think it is better to wait a little bit and buy the nikon lens

    • David Gottlieb

      You gets what you pays for… Seriously… All you have to do is do a search on problems with Sigma lenses with or without the specific lens and you will come up with tons of complaints. I had a Sigma lens once – The damn lens stopped auto focusing on a shoot one month after I purchased it. I was in the middle of nowhere in Africa on a month long shoot. Never again. i will stick with Nikon lenses. If I have a problem I know that at least I can get help….

  • TL Robinson

    The only Sigma lenses I’ve ever owned that I am 100% happy with are the 18-35 Art and the 50-100 Art…every other one I’ve tried has been marginal at best. My Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 are my work horses tho and have been fantastic….

  • LOVE my F-Mount Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4
    I use it on both my D800E and Sony A7RII via Kipon adapter.
    Results are the best you can get from any 50mm lens.

    I bet the 70-200 ART will weigh as much as a small child…

    • Ben Brayev

      sport*

      • Erick Tessier

        Might fall in the Art serie too…

        • Ben Brayev

          nope

          • Erick Tessier

            If you say so… May the Sigma’s name creator grant your wishes.

  • br0xibear

    I see Nikon are having a dig at third party lens manufacturers in their latest adverts…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/788b815b55ecda8276630bf86395375e04c9c3c8468ce9f6322c41663812a865.jpg

    • lol, this is not typical for Nikon 🙂

      • I am sending my Sigma 100-400 (F mount) back to Sigma for repair. Sometimes the AF works for a day, doesn’t work the next day, but does the next. This is on both a D750 and D7200. I’ve updated it on the dock, turned the AF on and off, turned the body on and off, removed the lens and reinstalled it, but nothing resolves the problem. I’ve never had a problem like this with my 80-400 AFS or any other Nikon lens. My 120-300 S is perfect in all respects. (knock on wood.)

        • Glenn Koppel

          Nikon does not license out or share details about their lens mount with 3rd party manufacturers. This is why some Sigma/Tamron/Tokina etc. lenses work and some don’t. You were correct sending it to Sigma and Nikon will have nothing to do with it.

          • Jeffry De Meyer

            Nikon does canon doesn’t

            • MB

              What Nikon does that Canon does not?

            • Jeffry De Meyer

              hmm, I read nikon licensed fmount to tamron.
              But there seems to be just as many people claiming it to be false

            • Thom Hogan

              Tamron has designed/made some lenses for Nikon. That would have required Nikon to disclose mount communication details.

              One would think that OEM deals like that would be Chinese-walled from the rest of the company, but I don’t find that to be the case with Japanese companies: groups leak over the fence to other groups within the company all the time.

            • MB

              Actually Nikon and Tarmon have been working together for some time, and some of the Nikon lenses are actually made by Tamron …
              For example current 200-500 is almost identical to patent filled jointly by Nikon and Tamron …
              https://nikonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Nikon-Tamron-200-500mm-f4.5-5.6-lens-patent-550×275.gif
              https://cdn.photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-200-500mm-f5.6E-ED-VR-Lens-Construction-650×585.jpg
              But even Tamron lenses do have compatibility issues with Nikon cameras so the answer is not so clear, maybe they do have some kind of permission to make F mount lesnes, but they certainly do not have any support from Nikon …

      • Mike Gregory

        Maybe they are getting the message and will lift thier game. They sure need to in a few areas

      • Thom Hogan

        Privately it is. And it reflects the problem I’ve been talking about forever: Nikon thinks they can play the camera game completely alone. It’s part of their arrogance and management DNA.

        They’re not going to get a good response going public with that kind of attitude.

    • Kriss_De_Valnor

      Not surprised at all – a few Sigma Art prime lenses just destroy counterparts from Nikon…

      • decentrist

        unless you need reliable autofocus

      • AnotherView

        With emphasis on “a few”.

        • Kriss_De_Valnor

          A few today. And the most tomorrow.

          Nikon doesn’t even have a decent 50 prime…

  • El Aura

    It feels as if the 70/80-200 mm f/2.8 lens category is one of the most often refreshed one. All manufacturers together, what do you think have we had over or under 25 different lenses so far?

    • Thom Hogan

      Sure. But they’re also one of the most owned high-end lenses, and for good reason.

  • Alexander Gray

    I wish someone would make a 50-180mm f2.8 or 35-165 f2.8. That would be insanely more useful as a walk around lens for a lot of people. Good for street and portraits. Wedding and event photographers would eat it up.

    • Eric Calabros

      Even 45-90 is ok for me

    • Kriss_De_Valnor

      Agree about 180mm. I hope Nikon will refresh this optical very good – but ancient prime lens.

      • decentrist

        yes, you’ll get an overcorrected,plastic,vr,chinese bullt lens that spits out mono dimensional images like a zoom. Of course it will cost more….see Nikkor 300PF

    • fanboy fagz

      Very difficult to make 3x+ zoom range thats really stellar. Look at the best zooms. Theyre not even 3x and the one with even less are better

      Id love a 50-85 f/2 to go with the sigma 24-35 f/2 to kick ass lenses that can be at close to prime level

      • wallybrooks

        True it seems 2X zooms, Sigma 18-35 f1.8 for example, provides the best image quality.

        • Captain Megaton

          1X zooms are even better.

    • 1741

      A 35-105 would be perfect for me as a walk around lens, i find 24/28 too wide and 70 too short

      • Mike Lyons

        I had an old Nikon manual focus 35-105 for years. My wife still has it! Built like a brick with a lens cap and very useful range. My current 24-120 is fine on my D750 but sadly lacking on the D810.

        • 1741

          Would you say the 24-120 is a step up in picture quality from kit lenses ?

          • Harold1966

            When looking for that one, look at the 2nd version. The first version isn’t great.

            • 1741

              Will do an cheers

          • Mike Lyons

            It is the current version, definitely better than earlier kit lenses on the D750, but ideally needs stopping down. VR useful, but not spectacular. As most reports confirm, softer at the longer lengths.

          • Rich Murray

            FWIW. I’ve noticed that quite a few first images posted for the D850 have been taken with the 24-120 f/4 G

    • Thom Hogan

      Again, crossing over from WA to telephoto makes for optical design issues that aren’t easy to deal with. And as someone pointed out below, anything over 3x zoom range starts to incur compromises, too.

      • El Aura

        I’d love an 18-50 mm zoom (like the DL 18-50). One of the first ‘WA’ zooms from Nikon was a 24-50 mm. At least to me it looked more like a WA zoom precursor than a standard zoom. The 20-35 mm followed relatively quickly, whereas 24-70+ zooms appeared much later.

      • Alexander Gray

        Then give me a 35-105 or a 50-135 2.8

        • silmasan

          35-105 is still “wideangle to telephoto”.

          50-135/2.8 sounds good. The 50-100 art on aps-h sd quattro H is actually an equivalent of 67-135 btw.

        • El Aura

          Tamron once made a 28-105 mm f/2.8 (and before that a 35-105 mm f/2.8). It came out, I’d say, in about the mid-nineties. Despite having 15 elements, it isn’t that great optically by today’s standards.

  • Proto
    • Eric Calabros

      What they are thinking/smoking/drinking?

      • Captain Megaton

        Probably: “it’s free to list on eBay, so why not give it a shot?”

  • Ed Hassell

    Haven’t yet tried any of Sigma’s sport lenses. The three art lenses I’ve purchased –18-35/1.8, 50-100/1.8 & 85/1.4 — are exceptional. However, having just purchased the Nikkor 70-200/2.8E this past spring, I’m not in market for a new version.

  • aarif

    Sigma should think out of the box, most people already own a 70-200. how about a 50 f/1 now that will be interesting

    • TurtleCat

      Why would it be interesting? It’s not a very useful lens. I think a 200mm f2.8 macro would be much more interesting.

      • Elbert Jan Achterberg

        Sigma has a 180 F2,8 macro, reportedly a fine lens.

        • TurtleCat

          I haven’t looked to see when it was last updated but I recall that being an older one. Still, more useful than a 50 f1.

          • Ben Brayev

            older? they have a 180mm f2.8 macro lens with a 4 stop image stabilization.. they do have an old 180mm macro lens, thats not the lens “elbert” is talking about//

          • Elbert Jan Achterberg

            The lens was released in 2012 so it does predate the current Art series.

  • Virindi

    About time but too late for me got that super Tamron G2 recently, incredibly sharp corner to corner.

  • I had one of the first 5 150-600s in the UK and have never had a days problem with it, before I went over to NIKKOR for all my lenses I owned many Sigmas from the 120-400 to the 150-500 and wide angles, all were fine.

    Whilst I would never part with my f2.8 70-200 Nikkor I would like to try the new Sigma for price comparison

  • wallybrooks

    Product Iteration! If i could I would shoot primes! My personal photo subjects require use of zooms to capture action so an older and in good shape f2.8 80-200 Nikon stays in my bag.

  • Michael Moats

    If the picture in this post is of the real thing, does this mean another “backwards” zooming lens for Nikon users?

    • this is a real picture of the current model

  • Amir

    Golden formula for photography:If you want to have a good prime lens,third party lenses are OK to get.If you like to have one of good zoom lenses,brand names such as Canon or Nikon are OK to get.Of course,there are few exceptions!

  • CERO

    They took way too long imho.
    Tamron has.. what? 4 versions already?

  • Andycapt

    I have 1 sigma that needs tuning or something and it’s too early to cast despariaging remarks on,However,I bought a new sigma art lens 24-105 f/4 and it’s incredible. I love this lens. I haven’t found a thing it can’t do. I was shocked on my first few shots, I inmost dropped it trying to show wifey the pic. Super lens. I’m shooting it on a d810. I haven’t tried it on any of my DX stuff but my 7200 is going to meet a new friend soon.

  • Captain Megaton

    Time to remove the gold lettering, clad the lens a satin black finish, and give it a new price tag!

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