Sigma 300mm F4 Macro APO A-mount lens review by pjdb
|pjdb#10058 date: Mar-26-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 100-300 APO|
Sigma 70-300 APO macro
Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Sigma 180 f5.6 macro
|price paid:||264 EUR|
|positive:||Awesome results with 1.4x (approx. 1:2)|
Fast autofocus! (focus limit)
Solid as a tank
120cm. minimum focus distance
Inexpensive 600mm. f8 with 2x
No CA at all!!!
|negative:||A bit heavy|
Hard to find
|comment:||I am impressed with its sharpness... much better than expected!|
If you are looking for a new lens with these features you have to prepare at least $1500, so if you find one on ebay ... do not hesitate ...Grab it!
This is a great macro lens, especially for large insects such as butterflies or dragonflies. The subject remains sharp and the background is fully diluted. With my A580 I can shoot at 400-800 ISO with no noise problems, which can make great pictures even at that focal length (1.4x multiplier 420mm. with), keeping the speed at 1/300 or less.
You get a multiplication factor of approximately 1:2 with the 1.4x, allowing perfectly to fill the frame with a butterfly, even with the largest papilionidae.
I have yet to try it with birds... (with the 2x becomes a 600mm. f8!!!) When testing with other subjects I found that maintains the auto focus and no visible CA.
I will upload some pictures as soon as I return to the countryside again with this gem.