Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX DG IF APO A-mount lens review by laguire

reviewer#2694 date: Sep-3-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 70-200/2.8 ex (and older apo vers), minolta 80-200hs, tamron 90/2.8
price paid:
positive:Very sharp lens throughout range. Great build quality
negative:Color and contrast a touch muted compared to minolta g lenses (but nothing that can't be brought out in post-processing)
comment:If you have use for this range and F4 aperture, this is a great lens. Very sharp for a zoom (I have no desire to consider a 300/f4 prime with the results I get with this lens). Build quality is very solid with a good feel to the focus ring, and still at the limits of being hand-holdable.

Unfortunately, the range is not always the most practical -- not quite long enough for birding or air shows, not quite fast enough (aperture wise) for indoor sports. But if you want a lens that can be handheld with a little more range than the 70-200 lenses, this is the lens to use. With a 1.4 tc, becomes more practical for birds, wildlife, and planes.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 29
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.72
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.76
  • flare control: 4.62
  • overall: 4.73 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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