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

reviewer#2829 date: Oct-7-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:have nothing else this big
price paid:£ 73 ebay
positive:Built like a tank
short easy travel lens.
900mm on digital body.
sharp at high shutter speeds. on digital body better, as you increase iso to compensate for lack of light
negative:low contrast and soft images
loads of light needed
manual focus only
really is f11 as you over expose by 1 full stop to gain same light image as in viewfinder on a100 but perfect f8 on a700.
A priority only as no electric contacts.
comment:Bargain at £73 with 4 filter inserts and case, like new condition. When used correctly you can get very sharp images that can be tweaked for contrast later. Needs plenty of light, dull cloudy days a waste of time, images very grainy or noisy due to high iso and cropping is a disaster. Used as backup when 300mm zoom just cant get close enough.

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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