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

reviewer#4235 date: Oct-14-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 DG, APO DG, 135-400 RF
Minolta 100-300 APO
Tamron 28-300 XR Di LD Asph.
price paid:
positive:Good sharpness in 70-200 mm range, price to quality ratio, 1:2 telemacro, solid feel, faster than comparable Minolta lenses
negative:Not very sharp at 300mm, not so fast AF and front lens rotates - like the rest of budget lenses in this category
comment:1:2 macro switch works only at 300mm, not in 200-300mm range like in newer versions.
Aperture has 8 blades, is not rounded and one can receive nice symmetrical rays on photos when shooting points of strong light - but the flare can be a problem then. AF will be usually too slow to catch birds in flight, this will also limit its usefulness for dynamic scenes.
The copy I owed was used by smoker before and the dirt was between trombone and first ring what caused problems when focusing. After cleaning it got better.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 3.75
  • color: 4.30
  • build: 3.50
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.90
  • overall: 3.89 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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