Sigma 100-300mm F4.5-6.7 DL A-mount lens review by amarston22

reviewer#27582 date: May-21-2016
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta Beercan 70-210/4
Sigma 18-200/3.5-5.6 DC II HSM
Sony 500/8 AF Reflex
A variety of vintage prime telephoto lenses on adapters
price paid:$24 used
positive:Cheap
Good tele-zoom range
negative:Slow
Not very sharp
AF is average at best
Cheaply made
Zoom creep
Focus creep
comment:I have never shot 300mm from a modern refractive lens, but my 500/8 reflex is sharper than this thing is. It isn't terrible, and if you're a beginner it'll do fine for the price, but ultimately it's just a cheapo starter lens. Can definitely produce nice images. Sharper than many of the old telephoto primes in the same range. Decent color. Average distortion. Cheap plastic construction. The hood it comes with is nice though, that has always worked well for me.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 3.19
  • color: 4.13
  • build: 2.63
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 3.88
  • overall: 3.59
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