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

reviewer#6026 date: Sep-10-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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 70-210mm f/4 (beercan), Minolta 100-300mm xi, Minolta 135mm f/2.8, Tamron 90mm f.2.8 Macro 1:1
price paid:170 USD (new)
positive:Good lens for starting photographer. Inexpensive on used lens market, nice color, sharp in 70-200 range, not heavy
negative:Soft detail at 300mm, distortion at 300mm, strong chromatic abberations in high contrast, average bokeh
comment:I bought this lens years ago when started photography.
It is capable of creating nice photos in most situations, but doesn't hold against primes / best zooms in detail quality at Actual Pixels view. For prints up to 8X10 - good enough lens... If you are looking for top notch telephoto end - this lens is not good at 300mm end.
I never touched it after buying Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (beercan)

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania