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

reviewer#858 date: May-31-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta 18-70 3.5-5.6 (Kit)
Minolta AF 50 / 1.7
Minolta - AF 28 / 2.8
price paid:160 Euro (new)
Macro (1:2) possiblity
Sharp on smaller apertures
negative:AF not good in low light
Not sharp on large apertures
Zoom does not run very freely
comment:All in all, this is a good buy
It is not very sharp on larger apertures, but if you change the aperture to 8 it gets a lot better and from around 10 you actually get pretty sharp results
I have tried the KM 75-300mm a couple of times and seen pictures from it, and I think the Sigma is just as good, plus you get a better magnification (1:2)
I often use it with a cheap 2x teleconverter and can get good results even on 300mm (600mm)
Tested on Dyanx/Maxxum 5D
I have used this lens a lot for indoor portraits in studio, and it gives great sharp portraits

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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