Sigma 300mm F4 Macro APO A-mount lens review by pjdb

reviewer#10058 date: Mar-26-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 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!!!
Built-in hood
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.29
  • build: 4.35
  • distortion: 4.47
  • flare control: 4.29
  • overall: 4.34 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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