Sigma 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 APO DL A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 15   
reviewer#16331 date: Jul-31-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Several Minolta 75-300mm & Tamrons
price paid:$25
positive:IQ, especially sharpness and color, build - all metal
negative:push/pull creep, Zen finish on one copy
comment:This is a very nice lens, I like it enough that I picked up a second copy when I ran across it. All the zooms of this vintage have their shortcomings, but this is among the better ones. Red APO label, and red ring on most, are Carl Zeiss Jena design produced under license by Sigma.

One of the copies I have is beautiful, shiny, deep black. The other is Zen. I was lucky it's merely irritatingly tacky, not sticky as they can get. Push/pull is not my favorite way to zoom, but it works, and is surprisingly convenient when shooting video.

Most of this old FF A mount stuff is dirt cheap today. On FF these lenses make focal length sense, there's a reason they cover the range they do. Sony's pushing FF as hard as they can, so old FF glass will get more expensive again.

Most of these old lenses will resolve 24mp FF, and the better ones, like primes and G's, will do 50mp. Improved coatings having better contrast giving the impression of sharpness, not actual optical sharpness, are the advantage new lenses have. Pop the contrast slider in post to fix that, and these lenses produce images that are right up there with the expensive new glass on today's cameras. Get up to 100mp and all bets are off. That day is years and two or three camera bodies, away. Until then let the Otus and Lenscore machines play with each other.

reviewer#11741 date: Mar-22-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 apo
price paid:
missing
positive:For the money, this is sharp and well built.
cheap.
Push/Pull zoom.
negative:Sample variation according to some people.
My copy had ugly colors.
Push/Pull zoom.
comment:My copy was not identical to the one pictured here on the lens detail page. Nor was it the one with a red ring around the end. So at a minimum, three variations of this lens exist. I can say that my copy was pretty sharp, even wide open, until approaching the long end. I was quite pleased. But it did suffer some distortion and I had no hood for it to combat flare. On Ebay this lens seems to be without a hood more often than not.

My biggest complaint was the lousy colors. Not so bad outdoors taking shots of earth tones, like dead leaves on a green lawn. In a direct comparison, it struggled against the Minolta apo when the subject was kids toys and clothes. Anything red looked like total crap, washed out and dull. The same subjects with the Minolta were warm and had 'pop'.

Another complaint was the Zen Finish. It was sticky and a real mess. It was too far gone to ponder anything other than removing it with rubbing alcohol. This removed all of the white lettering on the inner, stationary barrel. If 3.5 were an option for build rating, I would have deducted .5 because of the Zen finish.

I would like to give this lens another chance someday, by purchasing the red ring version. It looks to have a better finish on it. I believe a good copy of that lens represents one of the very best values in a 300mm zoom.
reviewer#11433 date: Nov-4-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:To all other non-oem 75-300's or 70-300's I'd say it's the best going and well ahead of the pack. I'm no fan of the Nikkors in this range and the Nikkor 75-300 is a Purple Fringer.
price paid:100
positive:Well built, unlike many consumer Sigma's. Hardly an "Art" or an "EX" but solid and well done.
Sharp and copies I find do not seem to haze internally over time. (I'm talking about the RED RING version which also seems to be a Carl Zeiss Jena design/collaboration with Sigma)
negative:Small focus ring, not so smooth but adequate zoom, and I'm personally not fond of the aperture ring either, but it is adequate.
comment:I don't know which lens these reviews are about? I think Sigma made an excellent manual focus 75-300mm and then this came out with it's very obvious Red Ring. Was is designed by CJZ? Licensed by CZJ? Glass by CJZ? Assembled in Japan? MINE is the Red Ring, just like the Carl Zeiss Jenazoom 75-300mm, and it's sharp and contrasty, of course falling off towards the 300mm end
reviewer#10203 date: May-15-2012
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big Beercan (Minolta AF 70-210 F 4)
Minolta AF Zoom 75-300mm 1:4.5(32)-5.6
price paid:75USD
positive:My favorite Tele-zoom. Sturdy build. Warm tone and fast
negative:Filter ring moves when focusing. Could have better apparture
comment:Bought a barely used for a good price and as soon as I got used to the slide zoom it became my absolute favorite tele-zoom
reviewer#9416 date: Sep-13-2011
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm f4.5-5.6 I
Sigma 28-135mm f4-4.5
price paid:£25 (used)
positive:Really nice fairly sharp lens.
Good build quality.
negative:Slide/push-pull zoom is not to everyone's taste.
comment:It's difficult to be negative when you pay so little. However it's also hard to be negative when it's actually a nice lens.
Compared to my Minolta 70-210mm it's not up there, but I just love the Minolta. Compared to my Sigma 28-135mm it's much better.
reviewer#9248 date: Jul-21-2011
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 (big beercan)
Minolta 75-300 New
Minolta 75-300 II
Tamron 70-300 LD
price paid:£52 (mint)
positive:Very sharp up to 250mm, usably sharp at 300
Colour
Excellent contrast
Built like a tank
55mm filters
Compatible with SLT (my copy)
negative:Heavy
comment:After reading previous reviews I didn't expect a lot from this lens. Ir surprised me with both its sharpness and colour. It is still usable at 300mm stopped down to f6.3.

Compared to the lenses above, the big beercan has better bokeh and the 75-300 New is a touch sharper BUT this lens has less PF.

Recommended
reviewer#7712 date: Jul-22-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:450 HKD(Used)
positive:Cheap Price
Metal Body
Good Zoom range
negative:Heavy
comment:Good price to have one in 300mm range zoom
reviewer#7282 date: Apr-13-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-Sigma 70-300 Non APO
price paid:90 € (used - ebay)
positive:-Cheap lens
-Works with Sony alpha
-Very solid build
-AF speed for its price
negative:-Heavy
-Not perfect colours
comment:Well, I write this little review because I bought it by ebay and looking for information about these lens I couldn't find information about compatibility with Sony alpha. I read that some Sigma lenses needed to be rechipped but this one not! (At least in this one). Compared with another sigma lenses the APO function is appreciated. It is so heavy but It is also very well made. I like the zoom, I feel it fine, not too stif as I have read in another review.

Of course these are not the perfect lenses but for its price I find it really interesting so I recommend it for begginers users.

Contact with me if you have some question!
reviewer#7047 date: Mar-10-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sig 70-300 APO Macro
Min 70-210
Min 100-300
price paid:75 CDN (used)
positive:Very solid build
Cheap
negative:Heavy
Slide zoom
Stiff zoom
Bad CA
Not very sharp
comment:Reading the other reviews I think I must have a bad copy. This is the second worst tele zoom I've tested, better than the sony kit zoom, but not by much. Focus is not sharp throughout the range, except at 75 mm and f8, where it's acceptable. Surprisingly high CA (wide open at all zoom ranges), diminishing to 'acceptable for a non-APO' at larger f-stops.

Buy the (excellent) 70-300 APO Macro instead. It's lighter, doesn't have that awful sliding barrel for the zoom, and it's orders of magnitude better for IQ.

PS: I can't conceive of this lens showing zoom creep - the barrel is entirely too stiff for that on my copy.
reviewer#2283 date: May-8-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tamron 70-300 ld
price paid:
missing
positive:cheap, sharpish, metal body
negative:one touch zoom
comment:works just great on my 5d, sharpish pictures excellent focussing.
also used with a 1.4x converter for some great moonshots
reviewer#1902 date: Feb-27-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 80-210
price paid:US$80 used
positive:Hmm...cheap, nice zoom, sharp at F8, very small CA - not noticeable
negative:bit heavy, push-zoom, slow in low light, long AF in low light
comment:Fine thanks to APO type, sharp at F8 but usable from 5.6, I use to take portraits sometimes (set to 135mm) nice bokeh, perhaps not as good as M100-300 APO, bit soft at 300 mm. Very good usable in strong sunny light. Macro position at 300 mmm and 1,5 m focusing, 1:4.
reviewer#1339 date: Oct-19-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200mm, Sigma 135-400 APO
price paid:
missing
positive:Fast slide zoom. Excellent contrast and sharpness for the price. Stopped down a couple stops the sharpness is pretty consistant throughout.
negative:Heavy. More lense flare than my Sigma 135-400 APO with or without their respective hoods. Manual focus ring is a little small.
comment:I don't seem to have the issue some have with the zoom ring sliding to the end of the lense while dangleing from my neck strap. I think this is an underrated lense for the price. Used on the 7D.
reviewer#1336 date: Oct-17-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:tokina 2.6-2.8/28-70
minolta 4.5/400
price paid:350 Euro (new)
positive:ok sharpness at 70 to 200 mm
negative:soft at 300 mm
some backfocus problems
comment:This lens is acceptable at the short end. However, the 300mm are not up to professional standards - even when stopped down.

Odd build quality: On my sample focusing tube and ring are all quite loose. A common problem with older Sigma lenses.

my sample backfocuses.
reviewer#1252 date: Sep-29-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 400 F5.6 prime is the nearest I have to it.
price paid:Ł 55 eBay
positive:acceptable wide open if zoomed out just a touch say about 280mm Vey shrp when stopped down 1
negative:The push pull zoom doesn't just creep it can come crashing down if you are not carefull
comment:This is a sharp lens, I think it is better than the present Sigma 70-300 APO photodo lens tests rate it higher and I am told it cost a lot more than todays model. I agree it is heavy and you have to be carefull not to try and carry it zoomed in or you risk having the zoom crash forward. I'm sure many examples have been damaged in this way which is why I only give it 3 for build quality. Well worth tryin to get a good example if you don't like the newer models. Used on 5D and Apha100 with full compatability.
reviewer#1249 date: Sep-27-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:70-210 F4
price paid:67 USD (Used)
positive:Solid, Fast positive focus, inexpensive
negative:Sliding zoom is doomed to creep. This is heavy, weighing 704g
comment:Very fast focus indoors. Was able to read fine print on a receipt from accross a room. Colors were right on. This is a beautiful lens and with a 55mm filter it can share with my beercan.
reviews found: 15   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 15
  • sharpness: 4.17
  • color: 4.20
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 4.07
  • flare control: 3.93
  • overall: 4.11

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