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Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Photographic Equipment, including the Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG IF HSM.

monobod
I have been using this lens for a number of years on both my Pentax K-1 (FF) and the K-3 (APS-c). The image quality is superb and on the K-3 with a 1.5 crop factor the 450mm equivalent is excellent for wildlife. I also have the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters so can use the 1.4x on the K-1 to give a similar reach. Autofocus still works with the 1.4x but when using the 2.0x there can be issues with wind vibration on even a sturdy tripod. A bean bag is really needed. The lens is no longer made, but if you can find a good condition s/h sample, it is a worthy addition. It is heavy though and with the advent of mirrorless cameras such as the Fuji X-T4 and the lightweight 70-300 these are perhaps more appealing, but at a bigger financial penalty.

Made by monobod on 9 Jul 2021 4:14PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

LiquidBread
No LoCA test? That's one of the most important characteristics of a macro lens.

Made by LiquidBread on 9 Jul 2021 1:19PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

remonavon
Using NEAT Projects v2.24.02872 I have not been able to get it to produce an acceptable image. Tried all the sliders. The result is usually a blurry image with extensive ghosting which I cannot eliminate.

Made by remonavon on 8 Jul 2021 4:00AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

johnriley1uk
Not a problem, thanks John.

Made by johnriley1uk on 16 Jun 2021 3:02PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

leftj
My mistake! I didn't read your whole sentence thoroughly. Please accept my apologies.
John

Made by leftj on 16 Jun 2021 2:50PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

johnriley1uk
I can see nowhere I say that John, so do please highlight the place you are looking at, it would be much appreciated.

Made by johnriley1uk on 16 Jun 2021 2:29PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

leftj
Nope. The reviewer clearly stated this lens is an 35mm equivalent. It is not. It is a 27mm equivalent.
John

Made by leftj on 16 Jun 2021 2:23PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

johnriley1uk

Quote:whereas at one time 35mm-equivalent would have been considered a “wide standard”, the 27mm-equivalent of this lens fits in very well with current image-making.


I think this is the section that leftj is referring to. This sentence is accurate and it means that once upon a time on full frame a 35mm lens would have been considered a wide standard, whereas now the 27mm would be happily accepted as our tastes have become wider. This 18mm lens is therefore very acceptable now as a wide standard for many people, being the 27mm-equivalent referred to.

Made by johnriley1uk on 16 Jun 2021 2:10PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

leftj
The Fuji XF 18mm f 1.4 is not a 35mm equivalent. It is a 27mm equivalent. How can anyone trust a review with glaring errors like this.
John

Made by leftj on 16 Jun 2021 1:55PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Kilcaff
Outstanding lens and great focal length.
No newer fuji lens has distance scale/dof scale so these aren't really cons for the lens for most users, if you're a fuji user I'd consider this 5 and not 4.5 star

Made by Kilcaff on 16 Jun 2021 12:57PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply