Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 100-300mm F4 EX DG /HSM
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One of the best lens for the price.
M. Barrera, Amazon
24 July 2011
Summary: I bought this lens over three years ago, it is probably my most used lens for birds and wildlife, super fast HSM, extremely sharp images, short focusing distance which allows it to be used as a semi macro lens.
Conclusion: When i bought this lens i was really happy with it. Very fast zoom lens and capable of delivering sharp to very sharp images. The main problem i encountered, was that you really have to be close to your subject. Distances further than 8 meters and the images starting to get soft.
Pros: Constant aperture, very sharp at 100mm-250mm, pretty sharp to sharp at 251-300mm, very well build, fast and takes a 1,4tc pretty good.
Cons: Hit or miss lens, don't crop with this lens!
Summary: High build quality, sturdy, easy to use. Excellent picture quality. Works great for sports, wildlift, mood photos of people in an urban setting. Just about my only complaint about this lens is its size and weight. It is big, it is heavy, and not very handy.
Conclusion: I bought a new 100-300 F4 APO EX DG HSM after reading the reviews here. Well, this was the last Sigma lens what i bought. I owned lot's of Sigma lenses but i never had this problem before. I bought it online and after i received i tried it...well without luck..
Cons: New lens had AF defect - lack of QC from Sigma - DON'T BUY IT!
Conclusion: I got this lens about four years ago now and its been an absolute workhorse. It has extremely fast autofocus (perhaps due to the HSM motor although my other sigma with it doesn't focus this fast), great color, contrast, bokeh, etc etc etc.
Pros: Extremely fast HSM autofocus, great image quality, sharp even wide open, good build quality.
Cons: Weight... after nine hours of this on a 7D in the sun, unhappy arms. And while the overall build quality is very good, the finish is wearing off.
Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM APO review by assafb
4 January 2011
Summary: How disappointing, you have deleted my comment, so I have to post it again: I find the comparison to the way cheaper Sony's 250$ lens extremely uninformative when Sony's 800$ G lens of roughly the same coverage is the real competitor.
Cons: How disappointing, you have deleted my comment, so I have to post it again:
Conclusion: I've had the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 Mk II, for the last 16 months, this was both fast and reliable in focusing, but not sharp wide open, a lot better at f4. Replaced my 70-200 with this, the Sigma 100-300, based on reviews, as this focal length suits me better. Wide open at f4, this lens kicks the A!
Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX IF HSM APO review by Lomskij
8 June 2010
Summary: Let's start with pros - I really like the build quality of this lens, which is unusual for Sigma. It's built like a tank, metal barrel, zoom and focus rings operate very smooth, nothing to fault here. Also the autofocus is really silent and accurate, another plus for Sigma.
Conclusion: I shoot sports professionally. I have a 70-200 but this is the lens I use for most outdoor action. On a D300 the added reach is great for getting action on the other side of the field; on a D700 the extra reach is welcome too. It focuses fast, is sharp and has a nice smooth feel to the zoom action.
Pros: Sharp, fast focus, f/4 is usually fast enough, zoom to 300mm on full frame is great. Decent value for a pro quality lens.
Cons: Tripod collar is too stiff and I wouldn't mind VR.
Conclusion: I had this lens back in 2005, during an airshow. It was big, it was pretty fast to focus, and sharp from 100 to 200mm. However at least in my copy at 300mm wide open everything fell apart. Not even usuable. Stoping everything down to f8~or f9 gave me nice images...
Pros: Nice focus, Pro build, Sharp from 100~230, Nice Colours, Sharp when stopped down.
Cons: Trully bad at 250-300mm, if wide open, unuseable images. Needs stopping down to f8~f9 to clear the images.