Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 100-300mm F4 EX DG /HSM
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Extremely Sharp, Moderately Fast, Solidly Built lens. Great Value!
8 December 2011
Summary: After reading reviews and waiting months to purchase this lens, I finally did so and have no regrets. The lens is super sharp and focus is very fast. I picked this lens over the Canon 100-400 for a couple reasons. 1. The length of the lens is fixed during zoom or focus. 2. The F-stop is fixed. 3. Cost. I primarily take outdoor pictures of landscapes and wildlife. I'm using a 40D.
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. This problem was even worse with the 1,4tc on it. This was the main reason to sell the lens and buy a prime. Bought the Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S and this baby is way better in every aspect!
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!
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...the AF didn't worked, no noise from the HSM motor, nothing, the focus ring was alsomt stuck. Contacted with the seller but he refused to pay my money back because i tried the lens, so now it's used.
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. Its sharp wide open which is good because I really wanted the 2.8 version :-/ so I'll take as much light as I can get. Its definitely heavy but well built.
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. Choosing to compare this lens to the cheap one is totally unhelpful, as if someone is contemplating between the Sigma and alternatives on Sony's cameras, he would probably like to see a comparison against the 800$ G lens.
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!*e of my 70-200. At all focal lengths the images are crisp, focusing is fast and silent and no signs of the dreaded front focusing.
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. Now what I didn't like: sharpness is ok. Not great, but usable. CA's (it's not true APO lens after all) as well.
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. I'm not sure why it's not a bigger seller. I don't think I've ever seen Sigma advertise it but if you're considering a Nikon 80-400, check this out first.
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... but if I wanted an f8 lens (or an f5.6 lens) I wouldn't need to carry this little monster around. You can see some photos here.
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.