Sigma 600mm F8 Mirror A-mount lens review by qwnwy

reviewer#10372 date: Jul-11-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 2
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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:70-210 beercan
20-200 G with Tc
price paid:£100 used
comment: As an almost exclusive Mf shooter i can say that with a tripod the focusing is accurate, images can be soft anywhere out of centre frame and the lens doesn't create nice colors. The images can be dull and flat.

Obviously for a mirror it has fixed aperture however some of the more modern mirrors have a wider Aperture.

For the price its a great lens to play around with however its really a gimmick and i am disappointed with results. It normally would stay at home. However you probably would struggle to find any mirror lens thats decent. I haven't used the minolta/sony AF mirror however i would assume due to limitations of design it would perform similarly

The 70-210 beercan would always find its way in my bag however with this sigma i struggle to find reasons to bring it out. Probably because its too slow, a bit too long for a lot of uses and the images have no wow factor. I also find that with the a900's sensor i would rather crop with a sharper, better colour rendition and speedier lens than carrying around this thing. Also no steady shot is a bummer.

Build quality is very good, all metal except for the cheap plastic filter inserts and massive 95mm front cap.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 18
  • sharpness: 3.83
  • color: 3.33
  • build: 4.72
  • distortion: 4.39
  • flare control: 4.33
  • overall: 4.12 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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