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

reviewer#44375 date: Sep-26-2019
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Minolta 75-300 (all)
Minolta 100-300 (original and xi)
Minolta 70-210 (all)
price paid:12 GBP
negative:Image quality
comment:This is not a great lens, as someone who is not very impressed by Minolta's efforts in this range it was interesting to try a lens that is worse than the worst of them. The one redeeming feature is a reasonable macro range (1:3).
The build quality seems more substantial than the later Minoltas - but there is the ever present concern about the plastic gearing that so many report problems with. Mine came with a large lens hood which is rather loose fitting, it doesn't click into place, just rattles a bit!
I cannot recommend this lens when the Minoltas are so cheap.
Of all my zooms in this range (list above) the 100-300mm xi gives the best IQ 200-300 and the beercan (70-210mm f4) is the pick overall.

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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