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

Last updated (03 April’12):
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro is a telephoto lens features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 14 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3 to 8.2 degrees. Closest focusing distance is at 37.4 inches (in macro mode) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro lens weighs 19.2 ounces and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 4.8 inches long.

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Reviews reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and writes;
“It delivered pretty decent results in most aspects, specifically at 70mm and 200mm… the center performance of the lens is on a very high level throughout the range and for many tele applications your main subject is often located close to the center so the border problems may not be all that obvious in the real life.”
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and writes;
“Its 70-300mm focal-length range may be more than many users will really need in an everyday tele-zoom but there is nothing wrong with having a little bit of extra power – provided, that is, nothing more essential has to be sacrificed along the way.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and writes;
“It is great lens I used it with my nikon D 50 very fast to focus. The images are v sharp but not true macro and bit heavy. considering it’s price Rs 6500/- it is great lens”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and writes;
“Most test shots taken with the review lens on the EOS 5D body were sharp and detailed and the auto focusing system was able to keep pace with the 5D’s burst mode when we were shooting moving subjects. We noticed occasional hunting when light levels were low but overall response times were good for a ‘consumer’ lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro and writes;
“Resolution is not quite up to the level of the APO version, however, the upgrade to DG status does seem to have closed the gap a little. Results, especially close up, were quite pleasing at times. The performance, as with most, if not this entire lens group, was better at the shorter end, beginning to trail off a touch as the focal length gets longer. “
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User Opinions

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

Fantastic Lens for the Money | Rating: ★★★★★
“Don’t concern yourself about the price of this lens. It is an excellent value and it is a very high quality lens. I picked this up for my Nikon D40 as it has an built-in motor allowing for auto-focus on this model of camera. I have been using the included 55mm lens, and I needed a telephoto for it. Having the Macro built-in was another bonus, and it does a wonderful job at capturing those “close up” images. Go ahead and grab this lens, you won’t be disappointed. “ – by Spencer Scott

Decent for the price, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Well, I knew what I was looking for, and based on the reviews, I was willing to try and get a lens with decent zoom for a low price. After receiving the lens rather quickly I may say, I started playing with the lens and testing it’s quality. Yes, the motor is noisy, doesn’t bother me though; it’s not the best lens by any means, but for the money it does a good job. If you plan on using this lens at it’s max zoom (300 mm) you better be outside where you can have a quick shutter speed or have a tripod or something to help you keep it still. If you don’t have a lot of light and you zoom out to 300 mm, you will be almost guaranteed to have signs of camera shake in your pictures. With that said, this makes a good outdoor camera if you’re wanting to take pictures of your children at their soccer game. “ – by GR8 NATE

very satisfied customer | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D60. I needed a lens that I could use to take close up action shots of my son playing football. The lens has turned out to be a great buy for the money. It takes great, sharp, clear pictures. I recommend the lens to anyone that needs to keep their purchase price down, and wants quality pictures.” – by Miguel B

Great for the money! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Have used the lens several times now taking pictures of Cross Country raises. It is easy to use and works very well on my Sony Camera. The pictures are excellent also.” – by M. Wenzel

amazing | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is fantastic and very affordable for a telephoto. it takes very sharp photos and gets in really close with its macro mode. its build quality is excellent. it completely blows nikons 70-300mm non vr out of the water. especially since it has the added macro mode. its a fantastic lens. it is my favorite over my nikon 18-55mm and nikon 50mm f1.8 . “ – by C. Rogers

Well worth the money | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens has a very good picture quality and is very easy to attach/remove from the camera. Of course, it comes with lens covers for both ends of the lens and they are very good quality covers; actually, IMO, better than the lens covers that our Canon lens came with. They stay on well and provide great protection for traveling. The lens has a switch on it to go from normal photography to macro shots. Overall, I was impressed with the quality and ease of use with macro photos with this lens. It is easy to take good quality macro shots with this lens (and trust me, I’m a beginner!). “ – by Allen Pierson “Allen Pierson”

WORTH THE PRICE | Rating: ★★★★★
“Nice lens for the money. Just starting out with my camera and wanted an extra lens but didn’t want to spend alot of money, this is a nice addition to go with the 18-55mm kit lense that came with my camera. I have gotten some really nice pictures with it.” – by bookworm

So far so good | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve only had the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro lens for a few weeks, but so far I love it. I have uploaded a couple of pictures I took with this lens. It’s helping me accomplish all the things I’d hoped it would… close ups of nature and zooming in on my sons sporting events. It works great with my Nikon D-40! “ – by Allison

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Features & Specifications

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

The Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a telephoto lens that offers excellent cost performance and is optimized for use with digital SLR cameras. Capable of macro photography, this lens has a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300 millimeter focal length. It’s the ideal high performance lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range. The lens features a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200 millimeters and 300 millimeters, with a maximum close-up magnification from 1:2.9 to 1:2.

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. The minimum focusing distance is 59 inches at all zoom settings. The lens features a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200 millimeters and 300 millimeters with a maximum close-up magnification. Without changing the distance between camera and subject, you can change the shooting magnification.

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