Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO
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Good Price, NOT sharp, Macro feature is weak
25 April 2012
Summary: I wanted to like this lens so badly because I own another Sigma lens (10-20mm wide angle) and I love it. Unfortunately this one fell short. I read all the reviews-good and bad-and decided to take a chance. Unfortunately the 'bad' reviews were dead on in my opinion. I purchased this lens over the Canon version specifically because of the macro feature.
Excerpt: Got this for a secondary lens for my wife after a field mishap with her old one. Very poor performance. Slow focus soft images.<br />Not good for any kind of action. Would probably be ok for stationary shots.<br /><br />Ended up getting a Canon lens.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
Cons: Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Macro not sharp, Slow Focus
Summary: For a cheap lense (compared to Nikon or Canon), we have to accept some scrifice. Relative speaking, it is a good outdoor lense since we always stop down to F 8 at least. Having used it mainly for my Canon EOS 10D in the last 2 years, I am quite happy with it. When I compared this lense with my friend's Canon 70-300 IS, at F11, the difference is quite small in case of sharpness.
Pros: Liight weight and feel quite sturdy
Cons: focus quite slow with low contrast subject and quite noisy when focusing
Summary: The display image has aperture ring and my decision to go for this product was largely motivated by this feature. However, the lens I received does not have the aperture ring at all. This is a big negative for all photography enthusiasts.
Summary: After singing the praises of tis lens in my last review - I feel that I must reflect and comment on the shoddy build quality. The lens gave great results for a month or so - then the auto-focus motor bearing failed - making it impossible to focus - even on manual. I contacted Sigma - they asked me to return it for a repair - I did and they repaired it.
Summary: On a D5100: The autofocus is slow and noisy. At a distance of around 20 metres in bright sunlight, I got sharper images by shooting at 70mm and cropping/enlarging, than by shooting at 300mm. I have the Sigma 150-500mm (which is an excellent lens) and assumed that the negative view of Sigma on the internet was due to Nikkor fanboys, but after trying this lens and the Sigma 17-70mm, I can agree with the negative stigma now.