Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO
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Recommended, but forwarned
Rev. Marshall Barth, Amazon
23 November 2014
Summary: Now that I've had this lens for awhile, I can write an objective review. All in all, it's a terrific lens and I bought it at a good price. Focus and clarity are excellent, producing so quality prints, even on the Macro settings. Two drawbacks to it though, are minor and can be lived with. First: there's the tendency for it to "search" for the focus plain while on autofocus. Going back and forth while trying to focus.
Summary: I like sigma. Really wanted to love this lens. For the price, it's decent. Got a few good shots of the moon with it. But I expected too much from it (my fault!). It's pretty much useless without a tripod. Even in bright light with high shutter speeds, I couldn't get a crisp handheld image above 100mm. A monopod helped, but really only the tripod gave me usable images. The macro works, but again it's pretty useless without a tripod.
Summary: Pros: Reasonably priced. Beautiful macro feature. The macro feature makes this lens. One of the macro photos taken with this is a centerpiece on the cover of one of my photo albums. Cons: This is, hands down, my least used lens. Without a tripod your full-zoom photos are very soft. No VC in this lens, and that is why it is so inexpensive. I own a Canon 55-250mm lens and it out performs this lens in every way.
Consider how you will use this lens before you buy it.
Micheal Mathews, Amazon
10 October 2013
Summary: I've had this lens and used it pretty extensively for almost 4 months now. I bought it based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews which I've begun to feel are a bit misleading so even though this thing has almost 250 reviews I'm hoping to help out at least a few of you looking to buy. Before you shell out for this lens I think it's important to know that this is more of a budget, specialty lens than anything else.
Excerpt: I was not overly impressed with this lens and I have liked Signa lenses in the past. The range of view was limited (with a full frame sensor) compared to Canon lenses I have used in the past. My biggest complaint was the macro settings. It was a pain to switch between regular and macro mode. And the focus was sub par. Not sure if I just got a lemon, but it surely left a sour taste in my mouth.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Difficult To Set To Macro, Slow Focus
Excerpt: It is a good lens that fit my budget. I put together a low end Canon SLR kit with a 50D and I felt this lens is more than sufficient for my photographic abilities. The lens is light weight, easy to attach and looks good on the camera. I tried a few macro shots and they came out really well. The same night, I tried to shoot the full moon. I have to say I am half-happy with the output. Lot of noise in low light.
Excerpt: Don't get me wrong the lens does what it's meant to do but it's just pretty lack lustre... It performs pretty bad in low light and just looks plain ugly. I made the mistake of purchasing this over the Pentax and I regret my decision. Included case is nice however.
Excerpt: i just got this for my trip to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Got some great pictures of all kinds of animals with this lens. The focus, however, is pretty soft, and if you have the time when taking your shots you should switch to manual focus.
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
Summary: at $200US this is great for the price. i missed image stabalization but during the day with a fast aperture and shutter its not a deal breaker. I'd also sugget shooting with a mono/tripod for extra stability. The front of the barrel rotates on focus making polarized filters tricky to use. The focus ring turns very easily, almost too easily making manual focussing hard at times especially in macro mode. But who manual focuses anyway right??
This is a cost-reduced version of the Sigma 70-300 DG OS lens
Timothy C Dotson, Amazon
21 May 2010
Summary: If shooting at the higher zoom levels, you need a tripod if you want it to be in focus. No bones about it, the aperture just isn't of an appropriate size to get enough light into the camera at 1/200 and 1/300 speeds in too many situations. The lens takes a very long time to focus, and it oftentimes will get a perfect focus on something as you see it in the viewfinder only to then start trying to autofocus again.