Sigma 100-300mm F4 EX DG IF APO A-mount lens review by 9000AF

reviewer#8442 date: Dec-22-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Minolta 100-300 APO D
Sony 70-400 G
Tamron 200-500
price paid:650
positive:+ sharp at f/4
+ great build quality
+ snappy AF (for screw drive)
+ constant f/4
+ does not change length with zoom or focus
+ AF range function on A99 works great
negative:- weight and size
- 82mm filter
- no HSM / DMF
comment:Great tele zoom, almost prime quality. A heavy beast but probably one of Sigma's best lenses. I sold my first copy to get the 70-400, regretted it and bought a 2nd one. This lens works very well with Sigma's 1.4x TC, unfortunately without corrected EXIF data.

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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