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

reviewer#8924 date: Apr-14-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 50-500mm "Bigma"
Sony 500mm F8 Reflex mirror
price paid:£85.00 (2nd hand)
positive:Well balanced.
Large & smooth focus ring.
Effective lens hood.
Not that heavy compared to lens of a similar range.
Very compact for FL.
negative:Screw-on lens hood. Its metal against metal, not the quietest to set up!
Colours seem to be a bit toned down compared to Sigma/Sony/Tamron glass that I own.
comment:I'd read the earlier reviews a few times and by chance, found one of these lenses on eBay in good condition complete with 4 filter inserts and a carrying box.

Bearing in mind it only arrived this morning but I've already taken it out with the tripod and had some play around. I find it balances quite well with my a580 camera body.

The images taken with it are quite sharp, although as already stated; for static subjects only. I can only compare the MF ring to such glass as the Tamron 90mm and 180mm macros; very smooth and easy to use. I did try mounting the lens on my 2x TC which produced blurry images although its more likely an issue with me. I'll check back later on that one.

My feelings concerning this lens is that it has more of a range than my 50-500mm zoom, yet comes along as less than half the weight. Its a very compact piece of kit, even when compared with Sony/Minolta 500mm mirror. If you are taking this lens out somewhere, I'd certainly suggest a nice sturdy tripod and a remote commander.

**I am somewhat interested in hearing if this lens will work on an SLT, if anyone can throw any light on that, please drop me a message/email. Thanks

***As a reply to my above query about the Sigma 600mm mirror lens to dSLT compatibility, all I can say is that it works fine on my a55 although due to the camera body being so light, it doesn't balance all that well. A heavier body might make more sense but it does work alright.

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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