Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Last updated (08 June’13):
- Review by SLRGear

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro is a telephoto zoom lens. The lens features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/4.0-5.6. The lens construction has 14 Elements in 10 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3 – 8.2 degrees. Minimum Focusing Distance at 150cm / (95cm Macro mode) 59.1 in. / (37.4 in. Macro mode) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro lens weighs 1.21 pounds and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 3.0 inches long.

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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

Photoanswers reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro and writes;
“Though there’s an in-lens AF motor (for operation with Nikon D40/D40x/D60 cameras), the AF can still be relatively loud as Sigma’s quiet HSM system is not employed to reduce noise. The AF performance is pretty solid, however, with minimal hunting.”
Rating: ★★★★★ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro and writes;
“With decent specs and built in macro functionality this lens can help you capture the perfect shot when you are physically out of range of your subject. So if you are looking for a lightweight, budget friendly, go anywhere lens, then the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO may just be the one for you..”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro and writes;
” If you’re looking for excellent corner-to-corner sharpness across a wide range of focal lengths and apertures you won’t find it in the Sigma, but when stopped down to ƒ/8 and ƒ/11 the lens performs decently well. It offers an excellent macro mode between 200mm and 300mm and some of the best resistance to chromatic aberration that we’ve seen in lenses of this category, all for a very reasonable price.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro and writes;
“The lens doesn’t have Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) found on some of its other lenses, but the AF is still reasonably and comparatively quiet. The lens charts show good performance at the 70mm end, with excellent control over fringing, particularly in corners where this lens is the clear leader. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro and writes;
“The Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG macro came close to a surprise but it still hasn´t won the cigar. It delivered pretty decent results in most aspects, specifically at 70mm and 200mm, but at 300mm the border resolution is nothing short of dismal – certainly not apochromatic as claimed by Sigma “
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro and writes;
“In summary the main positive points of the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro are: Excellent optical performance for price, Good close focus ability (1:2), Light enough to carry all day. Negative points are: Long extension when close focussed and zoomed, Front element and extension rotates during focussing “
Rating: ★★★★½

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

The Sigma APO 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a telephoto zoom lens with tele-macro functionality. Optimized for digital cameras, this high-performance lens has two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group. It is able to shoot with maximum magnification 1:2 at the focal length of 300 millimeters. It’s the ideal lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range.

The multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghosting, which is a common problem with digital cameras, and it also creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range. High optical performance is demonstrated throughout the entire zoom range. The lens features a switch that converts the lens to macro photography at focal lengths between 200 millimeters and 300 millimeters, with a minimum focusing distance of 37.4 inches. In normal mode the minimum focusing distance is 59.1 inches at all zoom settings.

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Comment by Clive Worboys Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-07 03:31:04

What do I have to do to get a Sigma lens that doesn’t have optical flaws? My current 70-300mm APO is the 2nd within 12 years (updated to be compatible with my APS-C DSLR)& guess what, this b—ers as soft as sh–t on the lhs of the frame from approx. 150mm (equiv.)upwards as well!!! Stopping down appears to make very little difference. On the plus side, performance is flawless at the shorter focal lengths, but that’s hardly the point. I am now of the opinion that it’s a case of “you get what you pay for,” & the only way to be sure of consistent quality is to pay a lot more & invest in, say, a Canon L-Series lens. SIGMA, PLEASE NOTE!!!!!!


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