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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG 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 59 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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Lens Zoom lens medium-telephoto Zoom lens Prime lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF APS-C / DX 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F4.0 - F5.6 F4.0 - F5.6 F4.0 - F5.6 F1.8
Min Aperture 32 32 32 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 58 millimeters 58 millimeters 58 millimeters 52 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.95 meters 1.1 meters 0.95 meters 0.45 meters
Item Weight 1.21 pounds 0.86 pounds 1.21 pounds 0.29 pounds
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Style: Canon SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AM7CJ0
  • Item model number: B000AM7CJ0
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 29, 2000

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Style: Canon SLR Cameras

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Sigma's 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is a compact telephoto zoom lens. With a range that is useful for candid portraiture, capturing children playing in the backyard, amateur sports or even wildlife at the zoo this lens is usually the lens that photographers reach for first. It's great on vacation for capturing scenic details or even groups of flowers in a garden. The Sigma 70-300mm offer a 4 to 1 zoom ratio in a compact lens that is easily carried in your camera bag or left on the camera as you travel; and the images are magnificent.

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The Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a telephoto lens that offers excellent cost performance and is optimized for use with digital SLR cameras. Capable of macro photography, this lens has a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300 millimeter focal length. It's the ideal high performance lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range. The lens features a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200 millimeters and 300 millimeters, with a maximum close-up magnification from 1:2.9 to 1:2.

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. The minimum focusing distance is 59 inches at all zoom settings. The lens features a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200 millimeters and 300 millimeters with a maximum close-up magnification. Without changing the distance between camera and subject, you can change the shooting magnification.


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70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro

Your Affordable, Go-to Lens

Sigma’s 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is a compact telephoto zoom lens. With a range that is useful for candid portraiture, capturing children playing in the backyard, amateur sports or even wildlife at the zoo this lens is usually the lens that photographers reach for first. It’s great on vacation for capturing scenic details or even groups of flowers in a garden. The Sigma 70-300mm offer a 4 to 1 zoom ratio in a compact lens that is easily carried in your camera bag or left on the camera as you travel; and the images are magnificent.

Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 76.6 x 122 millimeter /3.0 x 4.8 inches

Extended Dimensions: 208.30 millimeter / 8.2 inches

Weight: 545 grams / 19.2 ounces

About Sigma

Since 1961, and with the recent introduction of Sigma Global Vision, we have worked toward one single, simple goal: To hold ourselves to the highest standard of design & manufacturing of imaging products. Photography is all we do. And it’s all we’ve done. So you can rest assured that it’s something we know extensively and care deeply about. You have a vision. We’ve made it our mission.

  • Compact telephoto zoom lens
  • Capable of macro images with ratio 1:2 at 300mm
  • Lens hood, front & rear caps

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I have been taking great nature shots with this lens.
John Smith
Since most of my shooting takes place during the day, I have no issues with lighting since this lens does require good lighting to perform well.
Flipdawg
The built in motor is quite loud when auto focusing, but it does the job.
Hung Sewell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By squarepeg_photography on June 16, 2012
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
I just bought this lens yesterday for my Canon T3i/600D at a camera shop on a whim because it was so inexpensive. I am gonna break my review down into four key categories; Image quality, Autofocus Speed and Accuracy, Build Quality, and Value.

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!
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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Dave on May 8, 2007
Style Name: Pentax SLR Cameras
I wanted a cheap telephoto lens for those times I need the reach. Since I don't use it that often, I felt no need for a large or expensive lens. I debated between this lens, the Tamron 70-300 Di, and the Sigma APO of the same type. This was the cheapest so I went with it. Frankly, I can't believe how good this lens is for its price. At 70mm, it's tack sharp corner to corner. Even 200-300 it's quite good. And the Macro mode is just icing on the cake--1:2 magnification means you can get quite close.

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.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Fritz on June 4, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I bought this lens for my Nikon 3100 since I was looking for a Teleobjective lens and it was extremely cheap; I had only the standard lens that was coming with the Nikon 3100 camera (18-55mm). I am not new to photography, but new to the digital world of photography, not using my "obsolete" 35mm cameras anymore. I use my Nikon D3100 and experiment a lot with it.

I definitely recommend the Sigma 70-300mm lens, it works well for me and I am still experimenting with it. The sharpness, color resolution and distortion are very good, I do not have any flare control issues and in general, I cannot complain. It is a very good product. I am constantly inventing new situations to use it and comparing. I agree with a comment made before that people are saying it is a little soft beyond 200mm but really, that is just being nitpicky. Basically, it does the job well, pictures are very sharp, color is very good, it is nice and light and it is CHEAP.
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirlin on May 26, 2007
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
Pros: Very well built; Comes with a hood; Has a metal lens mount; Is as big as a baseball bat when fully extended making most non-DSLR users drool(DSLR users shrug it off as just another 70-300), Takes a GREAT Macro at the 200-300mm range with a VERY shallow DOF if you like; Very decently sharp images throughout the range. Great price.

Pro/Con: That GREAT Macro in the 200-300 is from no closer than 4 feet away. I asked a friend why anyone would want to be so far away to take a macro and she said "to take photos of bees and stuff" OH! I had been using a little point and shoot, clicking the photo, then running away screaming like a little girl. So make the previous Con a Pro.

Con: It lacks that fake 'Canon L' little red band that the next model up has. Some people might think it's a little too heavy. (Wimps).

I'd buy it again. (Ok, maybe I'd buy the slightly more expensive one, but only for the red band, I'm VERY happy with the performance of this one)
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C Dotson on May 21, 2010
Style Name: Nikon SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
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. My other Sigma lenses are very quick to focus and very accurate, yet this lens will play around for a very long time. Additionally, the autofocus isn't particularly accurate when it does finally settle on something it likes, often focusing just a tad too near.

With manual focus, good pictures are possible, though the lens is a little on the slow side for taking pictures too, again comparing to other Sigma lenses.

Finally, the area of focus is a little too narrow in macro mode. This is to be expected for macro shots, but with the focus problems this camera has, you really have to take the time to make sure everything is right.

I still give this lens 3 stars because of the price, though I'm a little surprised that Sigma didn't slap the Quantary brand name onto this lens, as it performs more like their Quantary line of cheapo lenses does. I wouldn't recommend buying it, though it can take serviceable pictures with some work.
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