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

reviews found: 12   
reviewer#10896 date: Feb-3-2013
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
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:N/A
price paid:
missing
positive:Affordable
Range
negative:Not super sharp
Not the best Bokeh
comment:Not a bad lens for kicking around the beach etc. I was not impressed with the sharpness. Produced soft images and the color was not the best. It's a perfect lens for someone who is just getting started and can't afford a Sony G or one of the higher priced Tamron or Sigma lenses.

I don't have any regrets for buying and trying it.
reviewer#10763 date: Dec-8-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
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:SAL75300 http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/335/f/f/lens_comparison_moon_shot_by_balisongman07-d5mp8ug.jpg
price paid:100 (used)
positive:Zoom and macro at a cheap price
negative:The gears will fail you eventually.
comment:Sony cameras just arent made for lenses with cheap gears, the focus ring has teeth pointing inward that are apart of the ring itself, when the lens reaches ∞ it starts eating at those plastic teeth and finally just destroys them. This lens will not last and frankly just isnt worth the price. Would suggest an SAL75300 before this purchase. http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/335/f/f/lens_comparison_moon_shot_by_balisongman07-d5mp8ug.jpg
reviewer#9127 date: Jun-13-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 75-300 Big Beercan
Minolta 100-300 (D)
price paid:$63 USD (used)
positive:Image Quality
Macro function
Color
negative:Reputation (gears)
comment:I picked this lens up off e-Bay on 9/18/10 for $63 including shipping. I took a few shots which I thought were okay, but I also have a 70-200HSM and a 170-500, so I put this new lens on the shelve and didn’t think about it for a while. Since then I acquired a few Minolta lenses including all the Beercans, which I agree are great lenses. Now, after developing a bad case of carpel tunnel, the beercans and the sigmas are just too heavy to enjoy using. This lens weighs 530g vs. the big beercan at 865g.
Picture quality wise this lens is in every way as good, maybe a little better than the Minoltas. I know; I know this is blaspheme, but in this case it’s true.

UPDATE (5/7/12):
After 19 months of enjoying this lens, it died trying to shoot the moon on 5/5/12. The gears stripped while using it on my Sony A580.
reviewer#6593 date: Dec-17-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:
missing
price paid:50usd
positive:price
negative:bokeh not so good
comment:for the price the best minolra/alpha mount lens i ever had
reviewer#5605 date: Jun-27-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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:Minolta AF 70-210/3.5-4.5
price paid:65 EUR (used)
positive:focal lenght range
negative:build
heavy
noisy focus
no focus limiter
and so on and so forth
comment:Compared to my Minota AF 70-210/3.5-4.5 it's an awful shard of glass. I could not recommend this lens.
reviewer#4561 date: Dec-18-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
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:
missing
price paid:160 USD (new)
positive:Sharpness
colors in bright light
macro function
negative:bit soft on the far end
comment:Bought this one on advise of my local photo equipment dealer in I must say it hasn't let me down so far. I first bought my Alpha 200 kit with the kit DT18-70 and the kit SAL-70300 the normally comes with the Alpha's. But I was so disapointed about the kit 70-300 that I sold it after a week. As I needed a replacement lens for my 70-300 I went to the local photo store. First I tried the Big Beercan but I found it to be to heavy and big for the regular "field" work so the vendor sugested I should try the 70-300 F4-5.6 Macro Super II. Almost imidiatly I was suprised by it's low weight and design and even more when I took some photo's with it. What a lens! The shaprness is really fenomanal compared to the kit lens though its a bit soft at the long and when stopped down a bit it produces great quality pictures. The best thing about this lens is how great the colors are, especialy when shooting outdoor. I would reconmand this one to everyone as it's a great replacement for the kit 70-300 from Sony.
reviewer#4560 date: Dec-17-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:big beercan
APO Macro Super II
70-300 sony kit
price paid:200 EUR (used)
positive:sharpness
bokeh
price-value
negative:none
comment:I'm so glad I bought this one instead of the "famous" beercan or the APO version which my friends have. I was so surprised how well it preformed against the beercan and the APO version. It's very sharp especially when stopped down a bit. It realy has great colors, even in low light. This lens is highly underestimated as it delivers the same quality as the APO version and the beercan and is definitely bether than the standard 70-300 kit that Sony delivers.
reviewer#4527 date: Dec-11-2008
sharpness: 1
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3
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:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:I sold it!
reviewer#4261 date: Oct-20-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Min(O) 70-210/4 "beercan"
Sigma DL 70-300/4-5.6 Macro (1:4)
Min 50/1.7
Min 28-85/3.5-4.5
KM 18-70/3.5-5.6 kit lens
price paid:50 USD (used)
positive:fairly sharp
nice neutral colors
1:2 close-up function
negative:stiff zoom control ring
too low resistance in focusing ring
comment:While not as sharp as the beercan (at any aperture or focal length), this lens does have nice, smooth bokeh and above-average sharpness for a lens in this price range, and even has decent flare control and lower CA when compared to the beercan. The 1:2 "macro" function is handy in some cases, but difficult to use handheld because of the extreme focal length (300mm) and high magnification. Personally, I prefer the slightly warmer colors of the beercan, but this is a good lens for someone who prefers neutral colors, or needs a longer range than the beercan.

Note: I put sample images in the Sigma 70-300 DG Macro sample images thread, because there appears to be no thread dedicated to the DL Macro Super.
reviewer#4172 date: Oct-2-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
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:18-70 DT
70-300 f/4
70-300 apo super macro 2
price paid:250 USD (new)
positive:Collors, charpness when stopped down, very good price for value, light, easy to carry around
negative:build quality, soft at 300mm, autofocus sometimes hunts in low light
comment:When I first bought this lens I was a bit skeptical about how it would perform as I already tried the APO version and the big beercan which are great lenses and are 'supposed' to outperform the super macro 2. But the lens really amazed me when I started shooting with it, it produces great quality images when stopped down a bit. Also the colors are very vivid and beautiful when shooting in good light. The macro function is also very useful though you really want to use an tripod or something like that to keep it steady. Though it has some disadvantages: it's a bit soft at 300mm and the autofocus sometimes hunts in low light, the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages. The lens really outperforms the 18-70 DT, and fits nice in the APO and the beercan line.

Conclusion: Really good price for value, lens is very underestimated.
reviewer#2817 date: Oct-3-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300mm APO macro Super II
Minolta 75-300mm big beercan
price paid:$50
positive:inexpensive, macro, good color, light
negative:slow AF, hunts in low light, soft at long end
comment:Very similar to the APO version except in APO specific areas like CA, PF & flare, but may be as good or better in those areas than the big beercan on a digital camera. Nice carry about lens, light but with metal mount. Good color, reasonably sharp as long as stopped down some, soft at long end, useful macro. AF is not wonderful. Not a big investment so it's not a big loss if something happens to it. All in all a pleasant lens.
reviewer#1714 date: Jan-28-2007
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 2
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-210APO 3,5-4,5
Sigma 18-125DC 3,5-5,6
Sigma 50mm macro 2,8
Tamron 28-80 ASP.3,5-5,6
price paid:200USD
positive:Cheap, big focal lenght, 1:2macro(only 300 focal lenght, good build
negative:very noisy, big distortion, soft picture at 300mm,
comment:When I bought this lens I was wery happy. But this is chresh down*2, and the last times this is on the shelf and the service is can't repair. To tell the thrue this is not a macro lens. It is only a marketing trick. The AF is wery noisy:when I was taking pictures in the church I must have be used MF. I think this is a good lens for amature photographers because:good focal lenght, little size(my 70-210APO/3,5-4,5 is bigger, and chip
reviews found: 12   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 3.67
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 3.42
  • distortion: 3.67
  • flare control: 3.58
  • overall: 3.72

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