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Sigma 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 34.3 - 8.2 o
Closest focusing distance 0.95 m
Maximum magnification 1:2
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sigma
Pentax K
Dimensions 76.6 x 122 mm
Weight 540 g
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Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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3.73 Average
Owners reviews (5)
  1. CaF2
    CaF2 25 February 2014, 21:01
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    IP 89.143.x.x
    Owner since: 8 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Weak performance at 200-300 mm - but very usable in macro mode. Slow an in accurate AF. Lens hood attaches flimsy. ZOOM ring somehow hard to turn - it makes a lot of resistance on some focal lengths. Very tricky switch to turn the macro mode on/off (you must get used to it). You must de-zoom and manually refocus to minimum focus distance, before the lens fits into your bag. Lack of optical stabilisation. Low contrast against bright light.

    Pros: Unexpensive. Very useful for macro shots, but you must use a tripod. Good optical quality in macro rande (200 - 300 mm). Stury build.Metal lens mount.

    Summary: Very good for the money, especially at macro distances, less so at normal distances.

  2. joe
    joe 7 April 2013, 22:39
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    IP 2.171.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 120
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: plastic, 300 mm not so sharp

    Pros: really sharp when using 70-200 mm, very nice shots ,great macro

    Summary: good buy for travel shots

  3. MC
    MC 17 January 2011, 07:14
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    IP 78.13.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 100 euro
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: not usable at 300mm. MACRO? Really? Are you kidding me! Slow and noisy focus but for this price is good. Flare and loss of sharpness against the sun.

    Pros: good value for the money. A good travel-family lens. 9 diaphragm blades. Good build quality for the price. Good optical performance if you know how to get the best from your lens. just buy it and have fun.

    Summary: if you know how to use it, this lens delivers good picture. it's not a fast lens but is better than Canon EF 75-300. 70mm is the best of all focal range and is usable from f4 to f11. The best performance are: 70mm - f 5,6 100mm f 8 135mm f 8 200mm f 8 300mm f 11 But i never go over 200mm and over f11 i don't use this lens for work,it's one of my travel lens

  4. rastislav
    rastislav 2 June 2010, 19:47
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    IP 195.91.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 120
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: occasional focus hunt, rotating front element

    Pros: very good resolution, low CA, nice macro shots with god bokeh, quick focus for a screw drive, good build quality, dedicated aperture ring on Pentax mount is goot when shooting videos

    Summary: the sweet spot advantage on a APS-C is great, got this lens almost new second-hand, I dont think it is way too noisy

  5. Kalimero
    Kalimero 18 May 2010, 18:16
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    IP 194.185.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 160 Euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Build quality, it's made of pure plastic, but it's not so bad. Noisy, it's very noisy; if you need it for shooting animals, maybe you'll scare them. You get a little bit of chromatic aberrations at 300mm.

    Pros: Price, it's incredibly cheap for what you get. DG, you can use it on full frame and aps-c cameras.

    Summary: I have to admit this lens surprised me for it's value. The optical quality it's not the greatest as you can imagine, but it's not the worst at all, I mounted it on a canon aps-c camera and it's working great. It's very noisy compared to an L series ultrasonic Canon lens, but again, for 160 euros...

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