Sigma 135-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG Aspherical A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 3   
reviewer#2264 date: May-6-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Minolta 75-300
price paid:Ł429
positive:Cheap if the light is right!
Good Build Quality
Like the rear focus when used with a monopod
negative:Soft below F9
comment:I bought this for longer range shooting where my 75-300 wasnt quite long enough. The lens is fine as long as it is kept above F9, which for sports (cricket in my case) requires good light to freeze the action.

If you are after a cheap long zoom lens then I can recommend this as long as you can afford to have the lens stepped down.
reviewer#1954 date: Mar-12-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO Macro
- Minolta 24-105 f/3.5-4.5
- Minolta 18-70mm (kit)
price paid:417 (new)
positive:- Good color rendition (135-300mm range)
- Great sharpness (135 - approx. 250mm range)
- Good built quality
- No pincushion distorsion (or so it seems!)
- Low vignetting (135-300mm range)
- Good corner sharpness overall
- CHEAP! Big bang for the buck!
negative:- Somewhat soft at f/5.6 - f/9 at 400mm
- Somewhat pale colors at f/5.6 - f/6.3 at 400mm
- Not internal focus, rear focus can be annoying (in my opinion)
comment:I bought this lens as a replacement for my Sigma 70-300 APO, and I'm still very, very happy with it.

BUT - it's sweet spot of sharpness is at approx. f/10-f/13 at full 400mm, which is somewhat dark.

It's corner sharpness is way better than the 70-300 APO, whereas the center sharpness is approx. the same. At 300mm, the 135-400 is overall sharper (also in center) than the 70-300 APO.

I don't like the rear focus ring, when using autofocus. Maybe I'll get used to holding this lens different than I do others.

The AF is somewhat sluggish, but it IS faster than the Sigma 70-300 APO - and it doesn't hunt as much.

Colors are overall quite good, though no match for my Minolta 24-105, which provides the best color rendition I've seen so far, for a zoom lens. The 135-400 colors are somewhat similiar to what the 70-300 APO delivers, but the 135-400 is less prone to fringing.

I can deeply recommend this lens, if you're on a budget. If your pockets are overloaded, you propably want to go for something more expensive and sharp at the wide apertures; the Sigma EX-series (excellent-series) or Minolta/Sony G-lenses.
reviewer#1257 date: Oct-2-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:600 usd
positive:high contrast and sharpness
negative:heavy and slow auto focus.
comment:
missing
reviews found: 3   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 3.67
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.33
  • overall: 4.13

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