Sigma 100-300mm AF F4 EX IF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 7   
reviewer#44056 date: May-7-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY 70-300 SSM G
Tamron SP 70-300mm Di USD A005
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di USD A011
price paid:200 USD
positive:Sharp
Fast AF
CA control
negative:Bokeh
Flare
comment:100~200mm Sharp from F4, 300mm Sharp at F8
reviewer#12006 date: Oct-23-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 APO
price paid:2000PLN (new)
positive:Excellent sharpness and bokeh for that kind of lens,
one stop extra speed enables you to use 1,4x and 1,7x TC with AF,
much sharper than little Minolta APO 100-300
very accurate AF without micro regulation
negative:Loss of contrast in corners if you shoot on full frame with backlight in 200-300 mm range, seems to be connected with optical construction

the heavy one
comment:I bought this lens after good opinions to add to 82mm filter team of my great Sigmas 1,8/20, 2,8/24-70 HSM. Very nice set for Full Frame Alpha, much cheaper than Zeiss and G glass, but delivers also superb quality. The lens doesn't have HSM motor but it's AF is fast and accurate. Compared to little Minolta APO 100-300 delivers much sharper picture but needs to be used carefully under backlight
reviewer#9519 date: Oct-22-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:550 GBP
positive:Build
Sharp
Great lens hood
Great sports lens
Bokeh wide open
negative:Heavy
comment:I bought this lens a few years ago to do some wildlife photography. Due to costing the trip didn't happen but since then I've have used it for sports photography.

Firstly, this lens is heavy but this is a positive depending on your usage. For sports its great on a monopod or handheld depending on the situation. As yet I haven't had the opportunity to try it on a FF DSLR but I doubt you will have any problems with speed, focusing and colour rendition.

The lens hood is long and this helps against flare. I used this mainly at Wimbledon this year and produced some great shots.

See the following links for images:-
1.http://arpictures.zenfolio.com/p34554615
2.http://arpictures.zenfolio.com/p188530705

I plan to add some more photos to show performance but there seems to be a link problem on the site.

More update regarding lens use will follow.
reviewer#7146 date: Mar-24-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:sony 70-300mm G
beercan
sigma 70-200mm hsm
price paid:450 GBP
positive:Sharp wide open
Great CA control
Constant f4
negative:Huge & heavy
Needed rechipping
Flare
comment:One of the best telephoto lens i've used, it does not suffer from the CA the beercan does and is notibly sharper, likewise with the sigma 70-200mm abeit to a lesser extent. It's similar in sharpness to 70-300mm G but if pushed i'd say the G produces a crisper image.

Colour is pleasant, i'd say similar to the G but I prefer those from the beercan & sigma 70-200mm. At f4 the bokeh seems nervous. AF speed is fairly similar between the 3 lenses, could be faster but at the same time not too slow.

Weight however is a big issue it's double the weight of the G and is notably larger so handeling it is a lot more troublesome, you need to have a decent sized rucksack to accomodate it.

Build quality walks over the G and beercan

However this lens does seem to have a weakness to flare via internal reflections (when used at the long end) it only happens occasionally in certain situations but when it does it's not something the lens hood will prevent, you have to zoom out to keep a lid on it or reposition yourself.

i recently got a sigma 1.4x ex dg TC and tried it on this lens @ 420mm (wide open) it's actually sharper than my minolta 100-400. Very impressive how image quality held up, however it has a critical flaw and that is the slower gearing on the TC slows the AF speed down to a macro lens. If this had HSM which could maintain it's original AF speed on a TC then this would probably be as popular as the sony 70-400mm.


Overall i really like this lens, i'm more impressed by it than the G as i think opens up more doors & opportunities, provided you can live with the bulk and the fact it starts at 100mm. That extra stop of light allows it to tolerate tougher lighting conditions and be paired up with a 1.4x TC. Also let's not forget if you want a 300mm f4 you're usually talking crazy money and even bulkier sizes than this. IMHO Sigma made a mistake in discontinuing this lens, they should have updated it with a focus limiter and HSM to improve the AF speed and maintained the same AF speed when using their TC.
reviewer#4210 date: Oct-10-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 70-300mm APO DG Macro
SAL AF 70-300mm SSM G
Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 EX DG (IF) APO
Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 D EX (IF) APO
SAL AF 70-400mm SSM G
Sigma AF 120-400mm F/4.5-5.6 APO DG OS HSM
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm Di USD
Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 (D) APO
Minolta AF 100-400mm F/4.5-6.7 APO
price paid:€355.00 (used)
positive:Build Quality
Constant F4
Internal Focus (IF)
Long Hood
Sharp throughout the focal range and at all apertures
Great IQ with Sigma 1.4x EX TC fitted
negative:Weighty but manageable hand-held
CA control
Tripod foot/carrying handle to close to the body
comment:This lens is superb. IQ is excellent at all focal lengths and apertures when used with the A700 and A850 DSLRs though it becomes sharper with less CA when stopped-down a tad (the replacement EX DG (IF) APO has better lens coatings and any CA/PF is eliminated). AF is quiet and smooth.

Yes it's a bit heavy for hand-held for long time periods (easily managed if supported), but it feels great and is a quality piece of kit, though I would recommend anyone using this (or any other tele-zoom/prime between 1.5kg - 5kg) to buy a vertical grip (VG) as it balances the lens/body combination so it's not front heavy and unbalanced thus it makes hand-held shooting much easier and your 'keeper rate' will be substantially higher.

I bought this lens 'blind' based on reviews only, and I'm like kid in a candy store . . . it's brilliant, and having owned/used a lot of tele-zooms/prime lenses, it's THE BEST tele-zoom you can get and only bettered by the final version Sigma EX DG (IF) APO model.

The lens has an 82mm front filter thread and the hood will have to be removed if using a CPL filter. The tripod collar can also be removed.

There is also the D EX (IF) APO version of this lens which has 8 contact pins like the final EX DG (IF) APO model and I believe the original EX (IF) APO only had 5 contact pins.
reviewer#444 date: Jan-24-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 80-200 f/2.8
price paid:800 USD (new)
positive:Sharp!
Well Built.
Nice looking lens.
Fast focus, esp on Maxxum 9
negative:Needs $huge$ filters.
Re-chipped before it would work with the 7D.
comment:This lens has been an absolute pleasure to use. Fast, nice looking and very very sharp. It is so sharp I can always tell when it was used just by looking at the photo/image. It is the favorite lens in my bag - I only wish I had more subjects that require it.
This was one of the first off the production line for this lens so it needed to go to Sigma to be re-chipped before it would work with the 7D. The upgrade was free and was turned around in less then one week. Newer versions do not require the upgrade.
Great lens - I can Highly Recommend it!
reviewer#103 date: Aug-17-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300
price paid:
missing
positive:Razor sharp from f/4 up to f/32.Very fast and accurate AF when lens set to AF mode on the lens. Building quality.
negative:none, exept the price maybe.
comment:If you have to buy one tele lens, this is the one. This is a real bang for the buck. If you compare the Sigma 70-300 with this one, its like day and night.
reviews found: 7   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.86
  • color: 4.71
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 3.86
  • overall: 4.69

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