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

reviewer#44493 date: Apr-5-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR Di
Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR
Tokina AF 35-300 F4.5-6.7
Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM
Sony 70-300 G SSM II
Tamron SP 70-300 USD
Sony A 70-400 G SSM
Minolta AF 75-300 "Big Beercan"
Minolta AF 75-300 D
Minolta AF 100-300 APO
Minolta AF 100-300 APO D
Minolta AF 100-400 APO
Minolta AF 300 F4 HS APO G
Sigma APO 400 F5.6 Tele Macro HSM
Sigma APO 400 F5.6
price paid:266 USD (used)
positive:Fixed length
Smooth manual focus
Little axial aberration
Semi flat field
Close focusing
Low contrast/softness
Pincushion distortion
Zen coating
comment:A fairly beat-up copy with original hard case. It came with scratches that were not in the pictures with the listing, so I am requesting a return. "MADE IN JAPAN"

It is a bit lighter than the Minolta 300 F4 with much less CA. I don't see much reason to use this over the sharper, slower, lighter zooms.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 18
  • sharpness: 4.31
  • color: 4.28
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.28
  • overall: 4.33 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania