Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DL Macro A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#44431 date: Nov-25-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A vast number of Minolta A-mount lenses
price paid:£56
positive:reasonably sharp (see comments)
macro 1:2
solid construction
ideal for wildlife photography and some landscape
negative:AF hardly functions. Constant hunting unless excellent light.
Contrast a bit lacking
For me , its heavy and bulky , a matter of opinion I guess
Rather unbalanced on E mount cameras
comment:Sharpness ids a relative concept. If you shoot handheld at 200mm plus you will almost certainly get unsharp images. But on a tripod this lens has reasonable and acceptable sharpness. In any case its a bit heavy and bulky for a walk around lens. I've had it for 6 years .It has its uses and I intend to keep it.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 75-300
price paid:$40
positive:Visual appeal
Range
negative:Poor AF
Soft
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.
reviewer#8299 date: Nov-24-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.2
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300
Sigma 70-300 APO / APO DG
price paid:
missing
positive:cheap
Macro capability (1:2)
negative:build, poor AF gear
slow AF, hunts in low light
comment:It is cheap but unreliable, the focus gear is a poor construction and left me in the most unfortunate situation.
Sharpness with open aperture is acceptable in the lower half of the range but in geneal it needs to be stopped down to f8 (mid range) to f11 (300mm) to get reasonable sharpness at the borders.
The Minolta 100-300 mm is better in every aspect, except that it starts at 100 mm.
The Macro capability is a nice and useful addition but only available at 300 mm where the IQ is not great. The APO (DG) revisions are visibly better and more useful in this regard.
reviewer#8289 date: Nov-23-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony kit 70-300
price paid:
missing
positive:nice kit
range
build
macro
color
negative:could be sharper at tele end, needs to steped down,front element rotate
comment:usefull walkaround lens
nice macro feat.
reviewer#8285 date: Nov-23-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 70-300 kit
minolta 100-300 xi
minolta 100-300 rs
price paid:
missing
positive:nice build
sharp when stepped down
nice color
average distortion and flare control
macro feature
negative:front element rotates
could be sharper at tele end
comment:nice for walkaround lens
value for money
reviewer#6320 date: Nov-3-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100 USD
positive:cheap, reliable, quite sharp
negative:slow focus in low light, macro only at 300mm increased focusing distance
comment:personally i feel this lens is a good zoom for users on a serious budget. been using this for landscaping and also motor/sports action shots on my A200 and were satisfied with the results.

sharpness can be adjusted a little by increasing sharpness in post processing programs.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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)
reviewer#5305 date: Apr-29-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Ł46
positive:Cheap but better than I expected!
Generally good images
negative:Nothing really, especially for the money
comment:I gave myself a budget of Ł50 for a 70-300 as I know I'll not use it all that often, and this if what I got! Im lucky, my lens is in mint condition, and considering the price Im very happy with it. The images are sharp, especially in the 70-200 range and the colour seems okay as well. The AF is generally pretty fast, only struggling occasionally and the build quality is perfectly acceptable. If you need a cheapy for occasional use then Im sure you could do a lot worse!

update april 2010

You know what, for the price, this is a pretty good bit of kit! I still don't use it regularly but when I do I always come away surprised by the results.
reviewer#5176 date: Apr-6-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Min80-200/2.8HSG
Min300/2.8APO
Tamron200-400/5.6
Beercan
Mini Beercan
price paid:250 AUD new
positive:Light
cheap
negative:Not exactly sharp
slow AF
comment:This lens is not sharp wide open and needs to be stopped down to get usable pictures, especially at the longer end. On bright days, if you dont use the hood, your pictures will tend to washout a bit, also bit of a problem with flare. Feels a bit cheap and plasticky.

All the compared lenses are better in every way. Seemed to do better on film but on digital not so good.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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:
missing
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.
reviews found: 10   

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

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