Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated Review

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Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

The Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated is a very simple and very cheap telephoto lens with an excellent price / performance ratio. I had never heard of it before, but as it turned out, it is quite usable and no worse than the original Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6.

The Sigma UC line was designed to create lightweight and compact lenses... The Sigma 70-210 UC uses a small 52mm filter and, at a 70mm focal length, folds to a very compact size.

There are only two lenses of the Sigma UC 70-210 / 4-5.6 class:

  1. Sigma auto focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated (available in several sub-options with different elastic bands on the focus and zoom rings)
  2. Sigma auto focus UC-II ZOOM 70-210mm 1:4-5.6

In parallel with the Sigma UC 70-210 / 4-5.6 line, the Sigma 70-210 / 3.5-5.6 line was produced.

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Main technical characteristics of Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated:

Review Instance Name Front lens lettering 'Sigma UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated Lens Made In Japan ø52', lettering on the body 'Sigma Auto Focus', serial number 2027017
Basic properties
  • UC (Ultra Compact) - ultra compact body, light weight
  • Multi-coated - multilighting optics
  • Auto Focus - support for automatic focusing by means of a camera motor, analog Nikon AF
  • lens designed for full-length cameras Nikon fx
  • presence of a diaphragm control ring with aperture lock, analog Nikon NON-G lens
  • the lens does not transmit the focusing distance to the camera, analog Nikon NON-D
  • Changing the focal length by means of a piston (push / pull, or pump-type lens)
  • Macro - the inscription on the focusing distance scale means the ability to shoot pseudo-macro
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 70-210 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 105-315 mm
Zoom ratio 3 x
Designed by for film cameras
Number of aperture blades 6 straight petals
Labels focusing distance in meters and feet, focal length values ​​for 70, 85, 135, 210 mm, aperture values ​​F / 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22 (the ring can be set to 1 intermediate value). R mark for 70mm infrared operation (marked with 'w' - 'wide'). DOF scale near the focusing scale for values ​​F / 5.6, 11, 22 for 70 mm focal length. The second depth of field scale is located on the piston part and works already with the values ​​of F / 5.6, 16, 22.
Diaphragm 70 mm from F / 4 to F / 22, 210 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 32. The lens has an aperture control ring with a slider to fix it at F / 22 (Non-G - lens type). The maximum F value at 135 mm is F / 4.5, at 85 mm - F / 4.
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 1.2 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 4.3
The weight 340 g
Optical design 13 elements in 9 groups. No optical design pattern found.
Lens hood bayonet type, model unknown, in the review the lens was with a universal rubber hood
Manufacturer country Lens Made In Japan
Period Since 1992, it was subsequently replaced by Sigma Auto Focus UC-II ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6
Price Not for sale, used options sell at 50-100 cu All prices for modern Sigma lenses can be viewed here.
Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

The main thing about the lens

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated is well built and will last for more than a decade. The lens is really compact. The inner part of the piston of the Sigma UC 70-210 / 4-5.6 is metal, and the outer part is plastic. They say that the Sigma UC-II 70-210 / 4-5.6 version is much worse assembled.

Auto focus speed is average. During focusing, the front lens rotates and moves forward / backward. Focus ring rotates 135 degrees. Focusing problems on the camera Nikon D700 not observed. Spontaneous lengthening of the frame does not occur.

At an open aperture, sharpness is weak and decreases with increasing focal length. When you close the aperture, the sharpness rises significantly. The lens is chromate. Like most weak zoom lenses aperture, Sigma UC 70-210 / 4-5.6 creates pictures with good contrast. Of course, the picture is not perfect, especially if you shoot on a motley background, but, in general, because of the strong blur at 210 mm, something interesting can be squeezed from the lens.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Sample Photos

The gallery contains photos without processing (only the size is reduced and a line with EXIF data).

Original photos in RAW format (.'NEF ') can be downloaded here.

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated

Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated and Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4

Catalog of modern Sigma lenses can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.

Results

The Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated is a compact lens with good build quality and excellent price / performance ratio. I was pleasantly surprised that such a nondescript model could please with its picture so much.

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Comments: 50, on the topic: Sigma Auto Focus UC ZOOM 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 Multi-Coated review

  • Vasisualius Sordelkin Tsar of Babylon

    In bright light, they are all acceptable, you would post photos in low light conditions and everything would become clear. And so - ABOUT ANYTHING, we could not write this review ...

  • Nicholas

    Hello! I wonder how this lens is compared to the similar Minolta AF Zoom 70-210 \ 4.5-22 ??

  • anonym

    Good afternoon! I always use the tips of your site !!! Thank you so much for your work !!!!

  • Noble

    Hello. The other day I met a Fotoline 70-210 1.4-5.6 lens. With autofocus and metal mount. I can’t find information about him in the internet. Maybe someone had experience with such a lens. If so I forgive enlighten. Sorry that is off topic.

  • Karina

    Good afternoon
    Is there a way to install such a lens on the nikon 1 series. I have nikon j1
    Thank you

    • B. R. P.

      With an adapter. The lens will have to be turned with the handles (there will be no af) and the viewing angle will be significantly narrower, ef 189 - 567, i.e. super-tele-zoom.

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