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Sigma 100-300 mm f/4 DG EX APO IF HSM

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 100-300 mm f/4 DG EX APO IF HSM
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 100 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view 24.4 - 8.2 o
Closest focusing distance 1.8 m
Maximum magnification 1:5
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF HSM
Lens Construction 16 elements / 14 groups
Filter diameter 82 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Sigma
Pentax K
Dimensions 92.4 x 226.5 mm
Weight 1440 g
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Average rating (8 owners reviews)
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4.17 Good
Owners reviews (8)
  1. mcvmjr
    mcvmjr 5 July 2014, 17:29
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    IP 189.120.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 500
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: No VR

    Pros: Image quality much better when compared to 70-300 lens

    Summary: Very good lens

  2. joe
    joe 23 November 2013, 19:30
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    IP 31.212.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: some Ca's on 300 mm and a few less sharp

    Pros: stopped down to f 8-11 really very sharp on 100-250mm, to use with converter, high contrast nice colors

    Summary: very good lens with some weakness on high focus end

  3. joger
    joger 13 October 2013, 06:19
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    IP 37.24.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 1150
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons:  very uneven sharpness across the (FF) frame  high CA and color fringing in the corners  high degradation in the corners of the frame  very heavy comparably  high price tag and enormous price decrease for used lenses - hard to sell used for an adequate price  bad centering and degradation of quality over time though used was normal

    Pros: as with many Sigma lenses - it looks good on paper. A 100-300 mm lens with a reasonably good constant aperture - who wold't want to buy it? The reality is unfortunately that it is at best a mediocre lens and the quality control of Sigma seems to be sub prime - at least that time when this lens was in manufacturing

    Summary: relatively good lens from 100-200 mm - heavy degradation at 300 mm and wide open. Easily beaten by the Canon 70-200 f/4.0 L IS USM which is also only half the weight. I'd not recommend to buy this lens knowing the quality of the Canon 70-200 - even if you crop the 70-200 at 200 mm to meet the FOV of the 100-300 at 300 mm you get much better image quality - which seems to be a no brainer to use the lighter lens - which I do now.

  4. ell
    ell 20 September 2013, 21:51
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    IP 24.86.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: I got better images with Canon 100-400 EF

    Pros: Fairly simple to use

    Summary: I rented it but was disappointed overall. Just wasn't a good experience

  5. trautwyn
    trautwyn 27 February 2013, 15:05
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    IP 193.22.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 750 Euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: weight and size lack of image stabilization

    Pros: great image quality, especially on DX great reach on DX combined with the large aperture

    Summary: I really like it. It is perfect for birds or planes as well as for landscape. I wish it had image stabilization.

  6. m
    m 20 February 2012, 16:07
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    IP 93.201.x.x
    Owner since:
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: filter size, build like a tank

    Pros: Sharp in every situation, fast, silent, works perfect with sigma 1.4 converter, build like a tank

    Summary: one of my best lens

  7. SH
    SH 27 October 2011, 18:38
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    IP 85.77.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 890 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No

    Pros: Excellent image quality 100-300 at every aperture. Fast focus, good tripod mount.

    Summary: Exellent lens. Works good with sigma apo 1,4X converter.

  8. Monastor
    Monastor 23 June 2009, 07:08
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    IP 62.21.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: PLN 3400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: - lacks image stabilization - rather big, heavy, draws attention

    Pros: - Excellent image quality, particularly at 100-200 mm, even wide-open - Very good image quality at 300 mm, even wide-open - EX finish - Comes with a pouch, a tripod mount and a lens hood - Internal focusing and zooming - Decent, constant aperture of F/4 - HSM - Works OK with Canon's x1,4 converter ( I don't recommend kenko or sigma though )

    Summary: Looking for a telephoto lens, I faced the common dilemma of choosing between Canon 70-200/4 L and Canon 70-300 F/4-5.6 IS. I really needed the 300 mm but I felt the 70-300 was not good enough. Then I found the sigma. For me, it is the longer version of 70-200 L. It is one of the best lenses Sigma ever made and it really can be called an L's match. I'm very satisfied with the lens. It's sharp wide-open, it has a fast AF motor, it's sturdy, the front element doesn't rotate. It works with a converter. The only drawbacks I can think are the lack of image stabilization and the dimensions of the barrel. It's pretty heavy and it draws a bit too much attention (at least it's not white). It is,however, expected of a lens this long and fast. Would I buy 400/5.6 L or 300/4 IS L instead? I guess not. First of all, they are (or were, at the time I purchased my sigma) more expensive. They're also less versatile. I must, however, admit that the images produced by them are better than what is offered by Sigma.

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