Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro A-mount lens review by bonneville

reviewer#2800 date: Sep-29-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 75-300 f4.5-5.6
price paid:GBP90
positive:fast manual zoom and focus
looks the part
Sigma build
negative:unsharp at max zoom
fairly slow auto focus
comment:My Sony a100 came with the 75-300 which was average at best. After reading a popular photo magazine review of these lenses the Sony was totally rubbished (but that does seem to be a trend in many of the UK mags) and the Sigma hailed as the best.
I sold my Sony on ebay for a good return and with the proceeds bought this lens new, for a discount as the shop was closing down.
Most work it has done was at an all day wildlife workshop and I found, because of the movement of the animals, it worked best for me on manual. It was quick and easy to focus with the hood fitted in reverse (no sun) and zoom was a simple push and pull. (Results on my website).
I like this lens for a cheap alternative to Sony's, but will buy better when I know what I want.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 16
  • sharpness: 3.59
  • color: 3.69
  • build: 3.00
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 3.63 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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