Sigma 600mm F8 Mirror A-mount lens review by Bob S.

reviewer#676 date: Apr-11-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Samyang 500mm mirror lens
price paid:
positive:Cheap price
1:3 "Macro"
Long reach for a short lens
Fairly sharp (for a mirror lens)
Built like a tank
Tripod collar
negative:Mirror lens 'donuts'
Slow, fixed aperture
Screw-on lens hood
comment:Compared to the cheap Samyang 500mm mirror, this lens is tack sharp! Actually, for a mirror lens, it takes remarkably (reasonably) sharp pictures. Big reach for a little lens, especially on a DSLR with the crop factor - great for moon shots! The 1:3 macro feature gives you some nice close focusing distance, closer than the Minolta 28-135mm.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania