Sigma AF 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM APO (Nikon) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 11:43

Sample Images

Here are some RAW-converted sample images taken with the D200. All bird images kindly provided and copyright by Thomas Bauer!. It may be worth to note that all these images were taken without a tripod/monopod.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE (=several megabytes) which requires quite some bandwidth for downloading so please don't waste the limited resources here.

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/400s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 100.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/640s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 120.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 210.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/350s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/6.3 @ 1/1000s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/1000s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/6.3 @ 1/320s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 3872x2592

Verdict

The Sigma AF 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM APO is one of the most impressive Sigma lenses tested to date. It is able to deliver a near-flawless performance with great resolution figures, low vignetting, low distortions, low CAs and a very decent bokeh (albeit slightly underdeveloped regarding the moderate max. aperture unless your main subject is fairly close). It works reasonably well with the Sigma AF 1.4x DG EX converter but there's no free lunch here for obvious reasons. The Sigma is quite a monster of a lens but the combination of speed and focal length range simply takes its toll regarding size and weight requirements. The build quality is exceptionally high and combined with the snappy AF it was a joy to use the lens in the field.

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