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: 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.
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??
Excerpt: Good contruction. Doesn't feel like plastic, more like a super fine sandpaper. focus motor is loud and optical quality is on par with what you pay. No image stabilizer. Comes with a large lens hood, a great case, and warranty info. Thread size is 58mm so it's a great addition to those with 18-55 and are looking for a little more reach.
REASONABLY GOOD LENS FOR THE PRICE (BUT HAS SOME ISSUES)
L. G. CHARLOT, Amazon
9 June 2009
Summary: First impressions with the lens: 1. Manual focus ring action is very smooth, but unfortunately, this is not an internal-focus lens (my own fault for misunderstanding the specs), and the front of the lens barrel turns about 30 degrees lock-to-lock with the focus ring. This will be a minor inconvenience when I use a polarising filter. 2. Zoom ring is a little stiff, but not the worst I've encountered on 70-300 telezooms selling in this price range. 3.
Good budget zoom - but needs tripod for tack results
Prash Chopra "Prash", Amazon
26 December 2008
Summary: Lets face it: how many budget zooms are out there which let you take decently sharp zoomed in pictures? This lens is a very good alternative to the otherwise expensive (but amazingly performing) white beasts from Canon (yes I am talking about the Canon 70-200mm L series). I owned it for about 10 days, only to return it. Not to say that I did not have fun with it, but I had to work very hard with it to get what I had bought it for: good zoomed in views of birds etc.
Summary: Reasonably good build and functionality. This lens needs LOTS of light. It's virtually useless indoors. Works well outside on bright days. I like the macro function. If I were to do it again, I probably would not buy this lens.