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Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Compact Hyperzoom 35mm Zoom

3.23 star rating
                      3.23 / 5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00
Focal Length : 28mm - 300mm | Max. Aperture : f/3.5-f/6.3  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Weightoz
    Product ID22755397

Product Description

This lens can capture widely varying subjects, and you can rely on it when the decisive monument arrives. A compact design with a length of only 3.5 in (90mm) gives the lens even greater mobility. And SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and aspherical lenses give it high optical ability.
  • Minimum aperture: f/22-41
  • Min focus: 35.4cm/50.8in

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sonydk a Casual

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2004

    Strengths:    - Price
    - Hyperzoom
    - Zooming range is great (28 to 300, er almost 300 mm)
    - Zoom ring damper is ok
    - AF is allright

    Weaknesses:    - Weight (much more weight compare to Tamron's)
    - AF searching in low lights
    - Not so 300 mm zoom (don't know why)

    Bottom Line:   
    I've compared this one to Tamron AF 28-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Aspheric Ultra Zoom. In terms of price to value, the Sigma is far beyond the Tamron. Performance are in par, but the feel of Sigma is above average. The petal shape hood is easy to install and to detach, the Zoom Lock button is proven to be useful, and also the AF/MF button. My lens appears to be an older version with 72 mm filter diameter, which a bit harder to find and more expensive (the new ones uses 67 mm filter diameter). AF is good at bright light, and a bit searching on the dimmed areas. Overall quality of the picture is, IMHO, good, although I found out that the result at 300 mm is not as 'large' as the result of Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III at 300 mm (somehow,I found out just a couple of days ago while cleaning those lenses). Price to performance level is OK, especially if you going places and don't want to be bothered with carrying a bag full of lenses...

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   BH Photo Thailand

    Similar Products Used:   - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
    - Canon EF S 18-55 mm
    - Sigma 15-30 mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by deguss a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: March 17, 2004

    Strengths:    light weight, great price and sharp picture.

    Weaknesses:    little soft on wild open and 300mm.

    Bottom Line:   
    It is a good all in one len for people who like travel. I used this len on Grand Canyon and Tibet and result is great. Yes, I agree it has little soft on wild open and quality drop on 300mm; but we all know it can not compare with prime len and price is 1/10 of the high end len like Canon and Nikon. I get a very good photo and sharp image between 80 to 200mm. For this price, I'm very happy on it.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Sigma 70-200mm APO
    Nikon 28mm
    Nikon 35-105mm

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by TwoBoy a Professional

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2003

    Strengths:    Excellent "in car" lens when lens changing is not really convenient.

    Peformance vs. Price

    Weaknesses:    I guess every lens has its own problems but I believe everything has its place in life. No real issues at all.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very Good for specific uses like taking pictures from your vehicle when there is no time for making lens changes etc.

    Mine has been a pleasure to use under the stated conditions.

    The results have been sharp, auto focus is good and fast, and the overall feel is good. I think it is probably an ideal lens for anyone wanting a good all round lens and if you have a restricted budget.

    An ideal starter lens - you can always buy up later when you determine what you really want and can afford.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   London Camera Exchan

    Similar Products Used:   Whole range of Sigma EX's and Minolta lenses.

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Vito a Casual from LA

    Date Reviewed: November 29, 2003

    Strengths:    ^

    Weaknesses:    ^

    Bottom Line:   
    When I paid $200 for this lens I thought this was too good to be true, so I used it for a few months trying to find out what gives.

    It covers a wide range (28-300), eliminating the need for several lenses. The advantage of convenience is huge. It is very compact at 28mm, but gets long fast, and can be hard to hold steady at 300mm. It is also a bit on the heavy side.

    The overall workmanship is good, I never found anything to complain about. The lensmount is metal, I happen to like that. Use the zoom lock or it will creep.

    I found the optics to be clear and very sharp at all ranges, just like Sigma is expected be. You should be able to shoot as fast as 1/2000 @ 5.6 in bright sunlight on 100 ISO film.

    Well...that's where the fun ends. The optical quality of the lens is compromised to allow for the long range. All images get very noticeable barrel distortion at almost any length. If you are shooting wildlife or people it may not be a problem, but try architecture (or anything straight) and you are in trouble. It is clearly visible, I kid you not, I didn't have to use any tools to find it. Also, vignetting at extreme ranges shows up unpredictably, usually not enough to ruin a picture.

    The versatility of this lens, which is its primary advantage, is defeated by the barrel distortion. This makes it very hard to rely on in all situations. In all other ways its a quality product. It may just be near perfect for amateurs who like to travel and aren't willing to spend a lot of money.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Terence a Beginner

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2003

    Strengths:    Convenience lens
    Low Price with reasonable quality
    Really Sharp images at small Aperture
    Good for taking portrait photos(tender tone, soft skin) while to use big Aperture.

    Weaknesses:    Four sides of this lens is sub-average level.
    No image stablizier.

    Bottom Line:   
    Actually, after I bought my first AFD-SLR, I picked up the Sigma 28~300HZ. This lens wasn't great or inputs very bad results such as distortion blur and so on.However, When I took it on the wedding day, I found out that it worked fine with external flash, especially "the small aperture"
    The images were sharp and colorful enough as I expected even zoom out to 300mm.

    Here is some tips.
    Using tripods or monopods with this lens is always better than hand held.
    When you zoom it to 300mm, choosing small aperture is necessary, F7 or smaller because I still discoverd some photos underF6.3 and 300mm were a little bit blur.

    Because of 1.5x of S2Pro, it crops the center,so the images do not have serious distortion, but it must happen on the full fram camera.

    This lens is good for travelling and using on ASP side D-SLR. The center of Sigma lens is cool~


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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Purchased At:   Hong Kong

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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