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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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- 14 Elements in 10 Groups Lens Construction
- 34.3 to 8.2 degrees angle of view
- F22 Minimum Aperture
- 59.1 (150cm) / 37.4 (95cm) Macro Mode Minimum Focusing Distance
- 1 - 4.1 / 1 - 2 Macro Mode Maximum Magnification
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Included Components||Hood (LH635-01),1 Year International Warranty|
|Item Dimensions||4.7 x 3 x 3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||540 grams|
|Item Weight||1.19 pounds|
|Maximum Aperture Range||4-5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||59.1 inches|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34.3|
|Shipping Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Style Name||Nikon SLR Cameras|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
- 14 Elements in 10 Groups
- Angle of View: 34.3 - 8.2 degrees
- Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 Blades
- Minimum Aperture: F22
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 95-150cm / 37.4-59.1 in.
- Maximum Magnification: 1:4.1 (1:2 Macro mode)
- Filter Size: Diameter 58mm (Rear)
- Filter Size: Bayonet-type Hood
- Diameter: 76.6mm
- Length: 119.5mm
- Weight: 540g/19 oz.
Style: Nikon SLR Cameras | Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
But, I purchased based on Michael Del Priore's review (his was the only review at the time)--I figured, at this price (especially when compared to the Nikon 55-200), why not give it a shot, and I'm glad I did.
This is an excellent lens. The auto focus motor is fast and doesn't chew up the battery (I was concerned about that, but I shot almost 170 pictures at my son's games two Saturdays ago and didn't use any more battery than the Nikon 35-70 lens that came with the camera). Like "cinderoo" I haven't had any stabilization issues to speak of either, even snapping away while following 12 year old boys run the length of a field. That may be more of an issue with macro photography, but I'd imagine most of the (admittedly limited) macro photography I'd do would probably be with a tripod anyway.
Now, no one would mistake me for a professional photographer, but I can tell you that when I pull up photos shot with my D40X and this Sigma lens on my 24" iMac and view them full screen they are *everything* I was looking for when I decided to move to an SLR camera.
Image Quality - 3/5 Stars. Once you buy this lens set your camera on AV or Manual and set your aperture at f/7.1 or f/8 and leave it there! No kidding! This is the sweet spot because images are super soft and soaked in purple fringing from f/4 down to f/6.3 on any shot above 100mm. That being said, I got some duck images at f/8 and 300mm that are awesome! And f/8 gives you plenty of depth at that range. I did have to boost the ISO up to 400 because without image stabilization, you definitely need faster shutter speeds for hand held shots.
Autofocus Speed and Accuracy - 2/5 Stars. The speed is fine but it's not accurate. I have my lens set to manual focus now because looking through the view findwer, I have been more accurate than the autofocus every time. EVERY time! It focuses to a point about 3 to 5 percent closer to you than your target. The grass in front of my duck was tack sharp when I tried to use the autofocus. (This is one reason I should have bought a 5D Mark II. That way I can make Autofocus Microadjustments for each lens.)
Build Quality - 4/5 Stars. No weather sealing but it feels solid and has a metal mount that locks into place firmly, unlike the plasticky Canon 55-250mm. Hey, you don't get weather sealing for $169!!! (p.s. I would still pick the Canon 55-250mm over this lens because of the IS and better performance at f/5.6)
Value - 4/5 Stars. You get the possibility of tack sharp, spot on images and 300mm range for $169!!! I haven't even talked about the Macro function that works great!Read more ›
I shoot mostly landscapes, animals, birds, and flowers and have taken some very nice photos with this 70-300mm Telephoto and Macro Lens. This lens does not have Image Stabilization however using the lens without a tripod does not seem to be much of a problem because I have not had many blurred photos..The lens is very reasonably priced for the amateur photographer..
I have shared some of my recent photos that I took using this lens which are posted on this Amazon listing with my review.
The lens shipped immediately by 47th Street Photo and was received in two days.
I highly recommend the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro Lens.
It's true, you need a fair amount of light for this lens to shine--no argument there. But for the individual who only does this sort of stuff for fun, this lens is hard to beat. I can't imagine the APO variant is worth $70 more--I cannot detect any difference from sample pictures posted online. So if you only need a lens of this focal length occasionally, this is the one to get.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I love this lens but after some time the auto mechanics inside it failed so I can only use manually to shoot, but for the price I can't complain and it works as described and takes... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Miss LIzzie
It is very cheap and yet a very good lens. my photos have turned out pretty good so far. I bought it 3 years ago occasionally used and each time it has not failed at all.Published 16 days ago by icy
This is a nice lens. Fits my camera, Nikon DSLR 3200, great. The zoom is close and the image is crisp and clear.Published 20 days ago by M Burke
Very good lens, especially for the price. My biggest issue is that it's soft at 300mm, unless you stop it down to f8. Read morePublished 23 days ago by J63T