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

reviewer#10217 date: May-16-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta reflex 500mm f8
Minolta 75-300mm beercan
Bresser 1000mm f8 M42
price paid:290 Euro
positive:- Solid build quality
- Minimum focus distance 1.2 m
- Macro Capabilit 1:3
- Overall image quality
- Flare control
- Built in Hood
- APO version
- Quality/price rate 10/10
- great for outdoor sports
- fast and accurate autofocus
- nice tripod collar construction, quickly removable
- Sharp IQ
- Focus limiter
- Accurate and precise AF
- Relatively fast AF
- good Image quality
- 600mm. f8 on ff with 2xTC, 900 mm f8 on crop !!!
negative:- sun hood a little tight
comment:This is about the nicest 300mm f/4 that I'm aware of.
Love the bokeh , it's creamy and so smooth.
It's built well, it performs exceptionally well and it has a wonderful look.
It's a very nice prime telelens. Focus is really fast Close focus distance let you take very nice pictures of insects . Excellent build quality.
The focus limiter is very use full to fast autofocus operation.
Speaking of sharpness, it is good at 4f, very good between f4 en f5.6, and excellent above f5.6 .
The tripod collar is easy to use and removable.
After one month testing, I was impressed with the optical quality of this. Sharpness is much better than expected.

If you can find a good copy, don't let it slip away.
This prime will make your day('s). It will be far away from a disappointment !

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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