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Telephoto zoom lenses

Reference: What telephoto zoom lens(es) would you like to see from Sigma?

The desire for fixed-aperture and/or large-aperture zoom lenses is noticeable.

With more than a third of the votes, the 70-200mm f/2.8 DG easily dominates the ranking. The current version is no slouch, but photographers are now used to the Global Vision quality. A Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports would get a lot of attention provided that it can offer at least the same optical and mechanical quality as the Canon and Nikon “equivalents”, and of course at a lower price. Note that in the first poll, asking what lenses people would like to see from Sigma, a Global Vision update to the current 85mm f/1.4 DG EX ranked first.

Next up is a slower lens but with a very useful range: the 100-300mm f/4 DG. The affordable EX version was popular among nature and sports photographers on a budget. Sigma already offers a 120-300mm f/2.8 − since the 70-200mm range is often declined in two versions (f/2.8 and f/4) to satisfy the various needs, the same could be done for the 100-300mm range.

The 50-100mm f/2 DC comes just after. Interestingly, a new version of the recently discontinued 50-150mm f/2.8 DC got less votes, so quite a few photographers are willing to trade reach for more light-gathering capabilities. The result is a lens that would nicely complement the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Art.

The 70-300mm f/2.8-4 DG is sure to attract those seeking for more reach than what 70-200mm can offer, while not compromising too much on the maximum aperture, and keeping price, size and weight at reasonable levels.

I’m surprised the 50-250mm f/2.8-4 DC did not get more votes. On paper, it looks like a fantastic workhorse lens, but it surely is not nearly as exciting as the aforementioned ones.

Last, the good old 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 formula does not seem to do the trick anymore. With the Global Vision series, users are growing accustomed to being offered nicely specced lenses at keen prices, so they are naturally asking for more (like we can see above).

  • sonic

    🙁 🙁 🙁 I feel like the 70-300mm f2.8-4 DC OS HSM contemporary is missing !!! it doesn’t make any sens to have the 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM without the 70-300mm 😮

  • Tobias W.

    I would also buy a 50-100 2.0 A as soon as possible. This would be a Perfect Tele brother for my 18-35. It could replace at least 2 fixes Focus lenses (50 ans 85/90/100). I’m still waiting !!!!!

  • MonkeySpanner

    A 50-100 f/2 DC would be awesome.

  • Schuttelpruts

    Would love the 300-600 sports in the question list

  • Stéphane.B

    Hi there,

    Am i the only one here that thinks the 70-200/f2.8 DG should belong to the “ART” range and not the “SPORT3 range ?

    Yes, even within this telephoto range.

    • SigmaRumors

      Hi Stéphane.

      I don’t think so. Sigma says:

      ART
      Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses and more.

      SPORTS
      Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses and more.

  • Dials

    No love for the 50-150, then. Again. It’s weird that this focal lenght was never a big hit on crop bodies, esp. given that it’s roughly 70-200 equivalent (and 70-200 lenses were really designed for FF). The current 2.8 OS is also optically excellent. I’d love to have a global vision C (or whatever) version. That lens is #1 on my list by a long shot.

  • Tintin88

    I really hope the 50-100 f/2 DC will be released! This will perfectly complete my 18-35 f/1.8 and finally give to APS-C sensors the light they should have. If the quality that Sigma shown us with the 18-35 f/1.8 is repeated in this new fast tele lens, this could be a new deal breaker. Where do I sign to buy one? 🙂

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