Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX DG IF APO A-mount lens review by klw10
|klw10#5378 date: May-13-2009|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony - AF 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM|
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG APO MACRO HSM
Minolta - AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
Minolta - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 (Big beercan)
|price paid:||997.00 USD (new)|
|positive:||Super sharp (even wide open)|
F4 through out the range
Includes a nice case for storage.
|negative:||Weight could be an issue for some|
Not f2.8 but it would really be heavy then.
|comment:||I have not had a chance to do a direct comparison with the Sony 70-300 G but the pictures I have taken are super sharp. I would say it is just as sharp as the Sony or sharper.|
The lens is excellent indoors as well with good lighting. I feel that it is sharper that the Sigma 70-200 HSM in low light conditions. I am considering selling it now for this reason. I used the lens last night at a concert with great results in my opinion.
It is sharper that the Beercan and the Big Beercan as well.
Using a Sigma 1.4X Tele-converter does not seem to affect IQ that much. The constant F4 is great for this lens.
For a non HSM lens, autofocusing is quite fast on the A700. Not all that loud either.
I love this lens! The price just shot up by almost $400 USD though. Thankfully I got it before it went up.
If you can get your hands on one for a reasonable price then go for it.
Note: One interesting note about this lens is that it is showing up as a 100-300 4.5-5.6 in the exif data of the raw files. Because of the camera firmware?