Sigma 100-300mm F4.5-6.7 DL A-mount lens review by lagaffe

reviewer#617 date: Mar-22-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Minolta 70-210mm f4
price paid:300 C$ (1999, new)
positive:- Small and light.
- Nice color rendition.
- Hood works well. (see below)
negative:- Zoom creeps!
- Not very sharp.
- Cheap build (plastic all the way).
- Slow aperture.
- Slow AF.
- Where are the details?
comment:Now, that's a long zoom for someone on a budget who likes to travel. But... Don't expect much in terms of sharpness and AF speed. The deep hood provided with it certainly works well... But try to use it with a polarizer and that's another story as the front element rotates when focussing. Would I buy it again? Probably not!

Edited: Not that bad on a APS size sensor... The center of the image is sharper than the corners, so it is quite useful after all.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 3.19
  • color: 4.13
  • build: 2.63
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 3.88
  • overall: 3.59 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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