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

reviewer#8716 date: Feb-28-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
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:Sony 18-55
Minolta 28-80
price paid:70 (used)
positive:-Massive, feels unbreakable
-Zoom and aperture range
-Good use next to kit lens
-Neutral colors
-Macro mode (1:2)
negative:-Hunting AF in bad light
-Weak AF gear (stripped mine)
comment:Great lens, feels strong and well build, to0 bad it isn't. Stripped my AF gear on Sony A230 body after just 2 months!
So only manuel focus for me now.

Leaving that aside it's a great lens, sharp all over the zoom and aperture range, in good light fast AF, OK colors (Sigma colors ye) and nice zoom range.

Only in macro mode images tend to get a bit soft.

Bokeh champion in my line-up!

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania