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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • Optimized for use with digital SLR cameras
  • Multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduces flare and ghosting
  • Minimum focusing distance is 37.4 inches at all zoom settings
  • Features 14 lens elements in 10 Groups
  • High-performance lens ideal for portraits, sports photography, nature photography

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Technical Details

Style: Canon SLR Cameras
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: 508101
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 70 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 300 millimeters
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Product Details

Style: Canon SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 122 x 77 x 3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000ALLMI8
  • Item model number: 508101
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 21, 2005

Product Description

Style: Canon SLR Cameras

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The Sigma APO 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a telephoto zoom lens with tele-macro functionality. Optimized for digital cameras, this high-performance lens has two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group. It is able to shoot with maximum magnification 1:2 at the focal length of 300 millimeters. It's the ideal lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range.

The multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghosting, which is a common problem with digital cameras, and it also creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range. High optical performance is demonstrated throughout the entire zoom range. The lens features a switch that converts the lens to macro photography at focal lengths between 200 millimeters and 300 millimeters, with a minimum focusing distance of 37.4 inches. In normal mode the minimum focusing distance is 59.1 inches at all zoom settings.

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Features

  • Telephoto zoom lenses with tele-macro function, optimized for digital cameras.
    The high performance telephoto zoom lens is ideal for digital SLR cameras. This lens has two SLD glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group It is able to shoot with maximum magnification 1:2 at the focal length of 300 mm. It’s the ideal lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range.
  • New coating reduces Ghost and Flare.
    The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range.
  • It is equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality
    This lens has two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group, the lens has excellent correction of chromatic aberration through the entire zoom range.
  • Macro shooting with maximum magnification 1:2
    High optical performance is demonstrated throughout the entire zoom range. It also has a switch that converts the lens to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm with a minimum focusing distance of 95cm (37.4 inches). In normal mode the minimum focusing distance is 150cm (59.1 inches) at all zoom settings. Maximum magnification between 200mm and 300mm is 1:2.9 to 1:2

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Customer Reviews

FOCUS & ZOOM: The focus ring is nice and big but it's also very loose in manual mode.
Micheal Mathews
I use this lens outdoors for general use and it works very well. in good light I am usually able to get clear shots all the way out at 300mm.
Hudnut
I recommend this lens to anyone who is a on a budget, or anyone who want a great lens!
T. Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

577 of 584 people found the following review helpful By E. Song on October 24, 2005
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
I disagree with Jeff Kershaw's review for the older version of this lens (Sigma 70-300mm APO Super), in that it's very unfair to compare this lens to a L series lens, as those lens start at over $500 due to it's very specific high-grade optics manufacturing process. To compare this lens to a lens that starts at over 4X the price is like comparing a Honda Civic to a Porsche. Like the civic, this Sigma lens is well rounded, good for beginner and consumer SLR photographers, and maybe some "pro-sumer" on a tight budget, or even students. For the price, this lens is a bargain, as I've been doing a lot of research before buying this lens (price range in the $130-225 for telephoto). What I liked most about this is the APO lenses, which prevent reflection inside the lens which creates "ghosting" (inverted light ghostly shadow that appers on your image) which is usually apparent in nightshots. During the day APO lenses decrease those "purple fuzzies" (chromatic aberration) you see against high contrast (like a bird's wing against the sky). Granted this lens is no Porsche like the Canon L series, but for the price range, may hit the spot for some folks. I mainly use this camera for macro photography and taking photos of the Empire state building from my roof, which is 24 blocks away. This lens is definitely better quality than the Canon 75-300 USM III f/4-5.6 which is usually considered the benchmark for this price range telephoto.

Also note that there are different versions of these lenses (despite close naming), so be careful about what you buy. The is a APO DG version with Macro specifically made for digital SLRs which is what is listed here (the "official" name of this lens is: 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro), and a non APO version of this lens which is a bit cheaper (but not worth it at all).
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210 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Sinister Minister on August 7, 2006
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
First of all I must tell you that I was dragged kicking and screaming into the world of digital SLR photography. Not because I had a love of film on the contrary I hate film photography, it was more like I hated the thought of lugging around lenses and all the other stuff. I managed to build my business and reputation using fixed lens "Pro-sumer" cameras. Long story short what made me move to SLRs was performance, speed, quality and lenses like this one.If you have ever read any of my other reviews you already know I am a terrible gear head and often tend to trick out my cameras to the hilt! I was buying lenses for a rebel XT when I bought this lens on a whim. To start 70-300mm is nothing earth shaking every lens maker in the business has at least one model in this range, but the real kicker with the Sigma is the macro feature, that in a word is simply amazing. The macro feature can be switched in at 200-300mm and is tack sharp for everything from flowers, to coins to whatever!! And considering the focal range this is a relatively fast lens. In a normal capacity its dead sharp in all applications no matter what your light conditions inside or out. I have even used this lens for wedding portraits and got great results. As with all Sigma lenses the build quality is excellent as is the glass giving it the feel of a lens costing a whole lot more. As for accessories I would reccomend both a UV filter as well as a good CPL. Size wise it is what I would rate medium sized (as opposed to my Sigma 50-500mm) this makes it easy to manipulate and use in the field. If you are a Nikon user remove the lens hood and you will get amazing results using your pop-up flash! (Canon doesn't do as well with this.)

Now.
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141 of 146 people found the following review helpful By simlife on December 17, 2006
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I rarely write reviews for stuff I buy on Amazon, but I felt I needed to share my thoughts on this lens.

Sigma has always been a better "out of the box" experience than Canon, which unfortunately does not see fit to ship a $6 hood for a $600 lens. Sigma gives you a carrying case and a hood. The "feel" of this lens is excellent. It's tight (no focus creep), and a sort of rubberized matte finish that just screams "pro". Top marks here.

From an optical standpoint, the lens is incredibly good, considering the price. I fired off about 70 shots outside to test the aperture at the different focal ranges. Yes, there is some softness at 300mm, but this can be mostly offset by stopping it down to 4.0. The rest of the focal range is fine. I used my Rebel XT and a Canon UV filter (50mm) for the tests. In the macro mode, there's excellent contrast and saturation, and very good bokeh.

Focus is a little slow, but then maybe I'm spoiled by the Canon glass, which focuses like nothing else. Still, there's very little hunting here, except in lower ambient light. This is not an indoor lens, nor is it a walkaround utility one. But for telephoto work and even a bit of macro (as it were), it's an extremely good deal.

All in all, I'd highly recommend getting this, especially as a first-time telephoto for people who are getting into DSLRs. The closest Canon equivalent is about $100 more expensive, and I don't believe it comes with a hood or case.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Prof100 on September 11, 2006
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT.

Primary purpose of the camera is to photograph my daughter playing high school soccer.

PROS
The price is right on this "prosumer" lens. You really can't complain about 70-300 lens for $200.

Closeup / macro shots of flowers are excellent.

Outside 200mm zoom shots are crisp and look great when you load the pictures on your PC and zoom in tight with your favorite digital imaging computer program.

CONS(300 MM telephoto use for sports):
Full 300 mm zoom the picture quality is not what I had hoped. It is best described as soft focus.
Here were the cirumstances where I found the problem. I took 112 shots yesterday. Conditions were daylight and overcast. About 80% of them were at 300 mm zoom. At the 300 mm setting the pictures have a very "soft focus." You can't see it is the display panel on the camera. You can see the "softness" or blurriness when you load the picture into your favorite software and zoom in tight. The softness is over the whole image. I don't think it's a focusing issue. If it was out of focus on the primary subject you'd expect some part of the photo to be in focus, but nothing looks like it's crisp and sharp. It's equally bad across the image.

Yes, I am using a monopod and I know how to release a shutter. Film speed was set to 1600. I had the XT in Sport mode which forces the shutter speed to 1600. It still operates in auto focus and auto aperture in that mode.

No, I wasn't shooting in a fog or a mist.

CONCLUSION:
With less than one week of shooting on this lens I am not yet willing to say it's bad at the full 300 mm zoom setting. I will give it another try at a upcoming soccer tournament this weekend.
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