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

reviewer#9854 date: Jan-27-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Tamron 75-300
price paid:$40
positive:Visual appeal
negative:Poor AF
comment:I'm not even sure this is the same lens, but it's the closest the database has to my copy, which reads "70-300 DL Macro Super". Anyway, I didn't care so much for it. The AF is loud and almost unusable in anything but bright light... not bright like a 150 watt bulb, but bright like the sun. Soft at 300 with almost any aperture. 1:2 macro is nice, especially if the AF manages to work. The metal mount is a plus and this lens has a construction that's remarkably better than many other Sigma AF lenses I've had. Might be worth noting that a Sigma "DL" coded lens is not the same as a "D" type lens, this just has the standard 5 contacts. The final positive is the focus and zoom rings have a nice level of friction. No creep on either.

Bottom line, on a budget if you absolutely must have a 300mm range zoom, it's probably worth your time to check it out.

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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