Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS

Last updated (01 January’12):
- Review by Popphoto

The Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 16 Elements in 11 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 150 cm/59.1 in and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS lens weighs 610g / 21.5oz and it measures 3.0 inches in diameter and 5.0 inches long.

Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS Reviews

Popphoto reviews the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS and writes;
“We found Excellent SQF performance at 70mm and 200mm. Approaching 300mm, however, sharpness fell from Excellent through Very Good down into the Good range —not unusual in tele zooms at this price. Better news: Our DxO Analyzer 3.2 tests of linear distortion found virtually none at 70mm and only Slight pincushioning at 200mm and 300mm. This was slightly better than the Nikon and much better than the Canon’s Visible distortion.”
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Picture-soup reviews the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS and writes;
“I’ve been using the lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body, and found it to be quick to focus, producing sharp images. Canon’s 5D Mark II has a full frame image sensor, so the lens was accurate at the 70-300mm zoom range. The images from this lens were as sharp as I’ve seen with Canon brand lenses.”
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Neutralday reviews the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS and writes;
“For a low-cost lens the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS does a pretty good job at managing aberrations. The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS uses a SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and “Super Multi-Layer Coating” so flare is pretty well controlled, and chromatic aberrations are quite manageable. All in all, pretty good results for a lens at this entry point.”
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Lenstip reviews the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS and writes;
“In the 70-200 mm range the tested lens’s performance is sensational. Here, at almost all combinations of apertures and focal lengths, the results don’t exceed 0.05% so the aberration won’t bother us at all. These results are very similar, or maybe even a tad better than those of the Canon 70-300 mm IS..”
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Photoreview reviews the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS and writes;
“Overall, the level of rectilinear distortion in this lens is very low and better than average for a 4x zoom lens. We found no evidence of barrel distortion at either 70mm or 100mm and only slight pincushion distortion at 135mm and 200mm.. Bokeh at wide apertures was quite attractive – even when there was plenty of background detail to subdue.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS and writes;
“the Sigma 70-300mm OS is a good value alternative to the camera manufacturer’s own offerings, providing decent enough resolution at a lower price point than independent equivalents with low distortion and decent enough resistance to flare and ghosting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS User Reviews

Sigma 70-300 OS | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Focus is pretty fast – hunts a little in lower light at telephoto, but that’s pretty common for most lenses of this type. Image quality is very good so far. Some very minor fringing in a few of the shots (not an issue with JPEG’s from my D90 because it automatically removes most CA).” – by Ken Barlow

A Very Nice Telephoto Lens, Especially for the Price, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality of shots is extremely nice; I haven’t noticed any vignetting or aberration in the photos, but so far they’re been indoor + medium-lighting shots. Blur is an issue with telephoto ranges, as mentioned before, because image stabilization can be only so good.” – by Louis Lau

Good Performer for $399 | Rating: ★★★★★
“In range of 70-250 Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS SLD Super MLC is very nice. The best results starts from F5.6 on 70mm and at F10 stops on 300mm range. Also good on full frame Canon 5D Mark II upto 250mm. Best results from F6.3 stop.” – by L. Varagian

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS Specifications

High ratio zoom lens housed in a compact construction and incorporating Sigma’s original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. This telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma’s original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function and is housed in a compact construction. TheOS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. The SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element provides excellent correction for all types of aberrations. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high contrast images throughout the focal range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1″) throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.9, making it ideal for close-up photography SIGMA’s own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) technology This lens is equipped with Sigma’s own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function.

This system offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. It makes telephoto shooting easy for many types of photography such as sport and nature. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject.

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