Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro

Last updated (23 June’10):
- Review by Photodo

Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro features 28-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3. The lens construction has 15 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75.4-8.2 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.5m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro lens weighs 16.2 Ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro Reviews

Photodo reviews the Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro and writes;
“The one area that does show a few signs of deterioration is the CA, where it is evident under certain conditions around the edges of the frame as the focal length gets longer. Having had extensive experience of the pre-DG coating model of this optic, the coating has again impressed with it’s improvement in contrast and general picture quality.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro and writes;
“Resolution is good and chromatic aberration is well controlled across the frame. As with nearly all zoom lenses, things drop off towards the longer end of the range, and this lens has a big range. Surprisingly though, there is no cliff that this one jumps off and the drop-off is fairly gradual, terminating in performance that will keep many photographers happy. “
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User Opinions

Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro User Reviews

Excellent value and versatility, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Picture quality is as good as the Canon lens, it is slightly smaller than the Canon lens, and it is less expensive… the lens is very versatile, allowing me to go from pretty wide to very zoomed on my Canon EOS 5D full frame camera. This is an excellent lens when you know you’ll be taking lots of pictures from varying vantage points with little time for changing lenses. “ – by Peter B. Stewart

Good lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“A good lens for those who like to use manual mode on their cameras. I have taken some pictures in auto mode with somewhat poor results but when switching to manual and setting the AV correctly I don’t have problems. “ – by Mark Twain

Very good for this price, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I got this lens, it very appealing to have 28-300 as I do not have to change any lens that often. It’s great, the picture is very good. The zoom is amazing. The picture quality and the colors are very good.” – by Ahmed Elshamy

My workhorse lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I use this on on my Sony a300 as my default lens, and it’s head and shoulders above the kit lenses that come with the camera; it seem much more solidly built, and the photos are sharper. I’ve taken literally thousands of photos with this lens. I personally have not had any of the autofocus issues reported by others.” – by M. Mowery

A new and grateful experience! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The photos are very good and it gives the camera a very look alike of professional style. Performance in all conditions that I have tested (day, night indoors) have been great! It is the best lens for some who has too much to do in a littler time. It adapts to every situation. “ – by Hector Rios Rosario

Perfect economical lens. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I am looking for the image quality and relatively sturdy lens. Sigma pulls this off great. Other than a little bit of a stiff zoom the lens is perfect. image quality as I said is just as good as the Canon L series, trust me I know. I have taken over 40,000 pictures.” – by D. P. Murray

Utility Lens – Works for many uses | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I ordered this lens a week ago and played with it over the weekend. I got some great shots. This lens is much better than the Canon 70-300mm – much more solid. I recommend this lens to any beginner trying to learn how to shoot subject close and far. I have already learned alot about the lens’ capability and am very happy with it.” – by Alan Killebrew

Low Cost Versatile Lens For the Money | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a low cost and very versatile lens so long as one does not expect perfection… It’s relatively light and compact and has a big zoom ratio even if its not quite as big as advertised. Macro works well. I have not been disappointed with image quality, although if I were shooting professionally I would want something a bit sharper.” – by Dennis L. Turner

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DG IF Macro Specifications

The Sigma 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 Macro lens covers all the focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 300mm telephoto with 10.7:1 high zoom ratio as well as macro capability. 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Macro packs a lot of performance in a compact package with ultra compact dimensions that make this lens the ultimate traveling companion length.

Two-piece Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and four-piece aspherical lenses produce a high level of optical performance.
The 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 Macro lens feature two-piece Special Low Dispersion SLD glass elements and four-piece aspherical lenses to produce a high level of optical performance. Aspherical lenses provide excellent correction for all types of aberration while making a very compact construction possible.

Macro photography with a 1:3 maximum photography ratio
The 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 Macro lens has a minimum focusing distance of 19.7 inches (50 centimeters) at all focal lengths and is equipped with a macro mechanism for close-up photography at 300-millimeter telephoto, with a reproduction ratio of 1:3.

Inner Focus System
This design allows for stability and compactness in design as changes in focus are made in an internal lens grouping. This also gives the advantage of a non rotating front lens assembly which is of great benefit when using polarizing filter and Petal-type hood.

The “Zoom Lock” device prevents the zoom setting from being changed inadvertently.
The 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 Macro lens is equipped with a zoom lock to prevent the lens from creeping due to its own weight, and to offer protection whilst the lens is being carried.

DG Lens
These are large-aperture lenses with wide angles and short minimum focusing distances. With an abundance of peripheral illumination, they are ideal lenses for digital SLR cameras whilst retaining suitability for traditional 35mm SLRs.

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