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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super 35mm Zoom

3.75 star rating
                      3.75 / 5 (71 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length70mm - 300mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4-f/5.6
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 2
    Closest Focusing Distance37.4 in
    Picture Angle8 - 34 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size58 mm
    Groups / Elements14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diameter2.9 in
    Length4.7 in
    Weight20.6 oz
    Product ID20724297

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2013

Strengths:    NIL I gave it 1 star as they dont allow -10

Weaknesses:    The build and wont last long on a Sony .Avoide it run away now

Bottom Line:   
After a few weeks of use Gears grinding it was sent back for repair wanted a replacement nothing doing. So they fixed it lasted another 6 Months with little use and grinding started all over again. Was been used on a Sony. Be warned this lenses is junk and the after sales service was the same AVOIDE

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wes

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2013

Strengths:    True APO performance. This lens has great color correction wide open. The macro function is great, diopters can aid in achieving 1:1 magnification. The color correction alone makes this lens worth every penny.

Weaknesses:    Suffers from spherical abberations up until f/7. You must shoot at 1/300 or faster to get sharp shots without a tripod. AF is very poorly calibrated and particularly noticeable at 200-300mm.

Bottom Line:   
Many people dislike this lens because they think it is soft which is simply not true. This is a very sharp APO however the auto focus mechanism is very poorly calibrated and you will never have a shot which is perfectly in focus while using AF mode unless your dslr can micro calibrate AF lenses. I always shoot this lens in manual, AF assist works pretty good with this lens. I tend to stop down a half step in bright sunlight to reduces overexposure. It is great for guided astrophotography if you stop down to F7 removing coma, however you will need to use a rubber band to prevent the focuser from creeping during exposures. I use a tripod when using this lens for macro. With extension tubes it is possible to achieve 1:1 magnification. You could combine this with diopters to increase these results. The great thing about macro with this lens is that it only works at 200-300mm which means that the minimum focus distance from your subject is about 2 feet. This means the more timid insects can pose without being bothered and you can shoot natural light macro on a tripod without having to worry about using a flash.

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

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2011

Strengths:    very good for portrait coz of its nice 9 aperture blade, makes the bokeh nice.
Sharp lens from 70-200
Macro (or close focusing) is good too, i attached some macro converter to get a 1:1 ratio.
Very good for candid photography too.
the aperture stays @ 4.8 up to 200mm , so its more like and F4-4.8 telephoto lens for me.

Weaknesses:    soft to very soft from 200mm-300mm even if stop down
focus aint fast but not so slow
macro is a bit tricky to activate
construction is not so great but not so bad either (average)

Bottom Line:   
i bought this lens to complement my 18-70 on the tele side, something not pocket busting but use-able photos ( i didn't expect a 70-200 VRII 2.8 quality though) so i have lesser expectations to it as i paid just around 230 SGD for this lens. Yet the more i used it, the more i enjoyed the photos i took as long as you know the limits of this lens. So, at the price i paid and in a good lighting condition, its a steal.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $127.00

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by vexedviking a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2010

Strengths:    Light, Great price to start, Nice crisp shots and nice colors outdoors

Weaknesses:    Poor Sigma service, never did get a call back after 3 phone calls. After adding the 100 dollar repair bill I should have just bought a more expensive lense, :-)

Bottom Line:   
When I originally purchased this lense I thought it was great for the price but since It stripped the gears inside it. I was using it on my Sony A300. I was told by the repair guy that it wasnt the first Sigma he had seen with this problem. After you add the 100.00 CA dollar repar bill I paid 339.00 CA dollars. Know what I know now about this issue , I would not purchase this lense again.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $239.00

Purchased At:   B&A

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andybilt1 a Casual

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2009

Strengths:    Long lense, light

Weaknesses:    slow focus and noisey

Bottom Line:   
Using the Signa APO DG 70-300 on a Sony A200. The longe range attracted me for taking wildlife shots. However, am now frustrated with the lense due to its noise when focusing. The noise might be bearable if the focus would lock on consistently but it does struggle to get a lock on a subject and by then the subject has moved. I will probably try to use the manual focus a bit more - but awkward to focus and zoom at the same time.

The lense is soft after 200mm and the macro switch fiddly.

I guess you get what you pay for and £150 is not a lot in lense term - it's just such a difference to the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G lens at aboput £600.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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