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. I have the Canon 70-200 L non is version and find that Lens is regulated mostly to portrait shots when distance is a necessity. Cons if any is the size and weight but no so heavy that it can not be handheld.
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!
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. But it does everything I have used it for really well. I have not seen anything in this price range with the same quality and appraisal as this lens. Definitely one to recommend.
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.
Summary: This is a fine piece of glass, sharp enough to rival primes at 300mm. Good choice for aircraft, birds, and other odds and ends in flight. Some birders will want a bit more reach but 300mm on a APS-C camera works rather well in many cases. Very good sharpness and IQ at f/4 and only improves from there. Easy to handle given its heft. Size and weight are considerable but those attributes are very subjective.