SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL Short Review

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

In short

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL - very simple and very cheap telephoto lens. It is interesting for its compact size (filter with a diameter of only 55 mm) and a very low price.

Optically mediocre: very weak at 300mm and quite good at 100mm focal length. The lens is very sensitive to long shutter speeds, it is best to use excerpts no longer than 1/640 second at 300 mm focal length (full frame).

The SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL can act as a very cheap autofocus telephoto lens.

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

Main technical characteristics of SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL:

Review Instance Name Inscription near the front lens 'SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL Lens Made In Japan ø55', inscription on the case '100-300mmD', serial number 1256708
Basic properties
  • DL (DeLuxe?) - budget film lens
  • support for auto focus via the camera motor, analog Nikon AF
  • lens designed for full-length cameras Nikon fx
  • presence of a diaphragm control ring with aperture lock, analog Nikon NON-G lens
  • the lens transmits the focusing distance to the camera, analog Nikon D
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use.
Front Filter Diameter 55 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 100-300 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 150-450 mm
Zoom ratio 3 x
Designed by for film cameras
Number of aperture blades 8 straight petals
  • focusing distance in meters and feet
  • focal lengths for 100, 135, 200, 300 mm
  • aperture values ​​F / 4, 8, 11, 16, 22 (the ring can be set to 1 intermediate value [but two values ​​between 4.5 and 8])
  • R mark for 100mm infrared operation (marked with 'w' - 'wide').
  • DOF scale near the focusing scale for f / 11 and 22 for 100 mm focal length (marked with the letter 'w' - 'wide').
Diaphragm 100mm from f / 4.5 to f / 22, 300mm from f / 6.7 to f / 32.

  • 100mm f / 4.5
  • 110mm f / 4.8
  • 125mm f / 5
  • 150mm f / 5.3
  • 185mm f / 5.6
  • 220mm f / 6.0
  • 240mm f / 6.3
  • 280mm f / 6.7
  • 300mm f / 6.7

The lens has an aperture control ring with a slider to lock it at F / 22 (Non-G - lens type).

MDF (minimum focusing distance) 2 meters across the entire focal length range
The weight 412 grams (measured)
Optical design 13 elements in 10 groups. No optical design pattern found.
Lens hood bayonet type, model unknown, in the review the lens was with a universal rubber hood
Manufacturer country Lens Made In Japan (Lens Made in Japan)
Price Not for sale, used options sell at 40-70 cu All prices for modern Sigma lenses can be viewed here.
SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

The main thing about the lens

The SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL is well assembled. The focus and zoom ring are rubber coated. The lens turned out to be very compact. Auto focus speed is average. During focusing, the front lens rotates and moves forward / backward along with the thread for the front filter. Focus ring rotates 90 degrees. Focusing problems on the camera Nikon D700 not observed. Spontaneous lengthening of the frame does not occur.

At an open aperture, sharpness is weak and decreases with increasing focal length. When the aperture is closed, the sharpness is noticeably increased. Lens chromate perceptibly.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Attention: the lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern CZK, you need to turn the control ring to the value of F / 22 (the value is colored red) and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the diaphragm with this ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Cameras Nikon D3400, D3500 will not work with this lens.

The instructions for most Nikon cameras indicate the threshold for the maximum relative aperture of the lens with which correct auto focus will be available. Most Nikon cameras are designed for lenses only. no darker than f / 5.6. For example, camera Nikon D3200, D40, D70, D700 theoretically should not work correctly with this lens. But still, as my practice has shown, in conditions with good illumination there are no particular problems with autofocus, even on cameras that are not designed to work with lenses with F / 6.3-6.7. SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL goes beyond F / 5.6 at a focal length of 220 mm, at this value the maximum relative aperture is already 1: 6.0.

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

Sample Photos

Even the older 'large pixel' mammoth cameras, which usually handle low resolution lenses well, failed to work well with the SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL.

Sample photos with original RAW files were helped by the photographer Natalya romanenko (instagram). Convert RAW source files with Nikon D700 the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

Original JPEG '.JPG' photos can be view / download from this link (Google Drive, 13 photos). Original RAW photos '.NEF' can be view / download from this link (Google Drive, 17 photos).

Source sample photos with a cropped camera Nikon D40 in JPEG format '.JPG' you can view / download from this link (Google Drive, 13 photos).

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

All Original Similar Nikon FX Telephoto Lenses

Below is a list of all Nikon Nikkor telephoto lenses without high aperture and with auto focus support:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4, 1986-1987
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6, 1987-1993
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6, 1989-1998
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1991-1999
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6D, 1993-2000
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED, 1997-2005
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-240mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1999-2000
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D ED, 1998-2006
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G, from 2000 to 2014, black or silver
  10. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from 2006 to 2017
  11. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF N Nano Crystal Coat, from 2012 to the present day
  12. Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6E VR ED, from 2017 to the present day

The names of the lenses are indicated according to their spelling on the case.

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL


SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL - lightweight, compact and cheap. Picture quality is generally poor. Perhaps the review was not the most successful specimen, which showed itself very mediocre at the far end (by 300 mm). In general, any old model Sigma / Quantaray 70-300 / 4-5.6 (the link has their entire lineup) will be preferable.

Comments on this post do not require registration. Anyone can leave a comment. For the selection of a variety of photographic equipment, I recommend E-Catalog и AliExpress.

Material prepared Arkady Shapoval... Look for me on Youtube | Facebook | VK | Instagram ITA | Twitter.

Add a comment:



Comments: 3, on the topic: Brief review of the SIGMA ZOOM 100-300mm 1: 4.5-6.7 DL

  • Trueash

    It seems that this is about him on one forum someone wrote in “Pros”: “Light passes through him ...” :)
    Although if you shoot something in bright light, on good film, and print 10x15, then it is quite suitable

  • Andrei

    Based on my humble amateur experience, I can say that such, without exaggeration, a dark lens, and even without a stabilizer, it is just self-indulgence, pass by.
    I believe that over 200mm, a stabilizer is required, otherwise lubrication cannot be avoided.
    I had experience in using the canon 550d and sigma 70-300 without a stabilizer, I got rid of the lens and have no regrets. I learned the charms of the stabilizer on the lenses Canon 55-250 IS II, Canon 55-250 IS STM and Canon 70-300 IS USM (Best of all used).

    • Jury

      I used a sigma 70-300 f / 4-5.6 with stabilizer and sold it too and did not regret it.

Add a comment

christening photographer price Photography for lovers

Copyright © Blog author - Photographer in Kiev Arkady Shapoval. 2009-2021

English-version of this article