Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro A-mount lens review by jakubh70

reviewer#3947 date: Aug-10-2008
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta APO 100-300, Sony 75-300, Tamron 18-250
price paid:
positive:Quality for the price paid. Macro 1:2. Speed and sharpness in 70-210 range. Build and look. Flare control.
negative:Not very sharp at 300 mm. AF hunts sometimes. Some edge CA visible.
comment:I had this lens for 3 months and took some nice pics with it. When you treat it as 70-210 lens it is almost perfect. Never seen flare or distortion. Macro mode is useful for timid insects (you got 1:2 macro from ~1 m distance) with F8-F11 and stabilised body. Some CA visible at edges. Some faster and better built (also bit heavier and larger) than comparable Minolta/Sony zooms. At 300 mm wide open sharper than my copy of Minolta APO 100-300, while Minolta became sharper from F8 on. AF hunts sometimes.

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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