Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO
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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.
Summary: Uses: Kids sports, local news and portrait. Good: Light solid build. Decent focus speed for price. Bad: Not so sharp below 5.6. I first thought is was me, but then tested lens with tripod at different apertures. At 8.0 it was very sharp, but below that it was significantly less sharp. Wide open was relatively useless. Recommend: To hobbyist.
Summary: I bought this lens to use with my D70 to get shots of mykids' swimming and baseball teams. The quality is prettygood for the money, although I do not and would not attemptto sell the results as professional quality. For the size ofprints that most people use, it's perfectly fine, however. Igive away CDs of my shots and most parents are thrilled withthem, but I would say that's probably the limit.
Summary: This is a big heavy lens and it makes my Pentax K5 distinctly nose heavy. Tripod users note that a support is not included, so make sure tripod head locks up firmly enough to stop droop.Picture quality is good but not spectacular, however this lens provides good value for money. The macro feature works well although it is fiddly to engage and disengage.
Summary: This lens is great for the price, and you won't find this quality build for cheaper. Comes with hood & case, fantastic. But the barrel wobbles when extended. The barrel extends way too far. Focus ring is small. AF is a mechanical type - so rather slow.If you're an amateur / beginner, looking for a cheap but good lens, this is it.
Pros: Good Focal Length, Lightweight, Macro Capable, Price
Cons: Barrel Extends Far, Barrel Wobbles, Bit Soft, Focus Ring Small, Slow Focus
Summary: Usual great service from Amazon, being a Prime member is certainly proving cost effective as I ordered Monday pm and it arrived Tuesday am. The lens was well packaged, and on opening the Sigma box you're presented with a nice padded case containing the lens and hood. Build quality is good, not up to the standard of my Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8 or Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, but overall pretty good. Zoom is smooth as is manual focus, the AF isn't too noisy and is pretty quick.
Summary: Consistent output; consistently bad!Do not buy this lens if you intend to use if for sports photography. Focus is really slow, noisy and this lens will not produce a sharp picture if used to photograph fast moving objects.If you really need a 70-300 lens, save a few pounds and get the Nikon 70-300VR.
Summary: I bought this lens as a cheap introduction to wildlife and still life/abstract photography. I've been using it for a couple of months now and I've found it to be a mixed bag. You've got to be realistic in terms of the image quality you receive for the price you pay. Generally the image quality is good as long as you ignore the fringing and don't push it beyond 200mm.