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

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Canon SLR Cameras
  • 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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Style: Canon SLR Cameras
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: B000AM7CJ0
  • Lens Type: Telephoto
  • Minimum focal length: 70 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 300 millimeters
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Style: Canon SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000AM7CJ0
  • Item model number: B000AM7CJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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Style: Canon SLR Cameras

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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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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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I have been taking great nature shots with this lens.
John Smith
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.
Sinister Minister
It is a bit slow and loud when using auto focus but suits my needs.
K. Clements

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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Jones Jr. on April 22, 2006
Style Name: Nikon SLR Cameras
I bought this lens along with the Nikon D50 kit that included the 18-55mm lens.

It does Macro (200-300mm) down to about .95m (3 ft). It does tend to hunt for focus quite a bit using the camera's AF-A setting, but does not when in AF-S, however focus is lost quickly when hand-holding. In this situation I end up using an indoor studio with the camera on a tripod, so I set the focus manually anyway.

The Macro setting allows up to a 1:2 magnification at 300, and about 1:3 at 200mm. This is done by allowing closer focusing than the normal 1.5m (5 ft).

When using Macro, the lens is locked to 200-300mm, and you must focus to the normal range before you can flip the switch and zoom back to under 200mm. This can be a slight problem as the lens DOES NOT have a M/A focusing switch. You must go to manual focusing via the camera, focus to normal range, flip lens macro switch, then you can go back down below 200mm and/or re-engage your autofocus.

I have not had any major problems with this lens, and actually enjoy the pictures that I get from it during sports and other telephoto needed activities. It does need a steady hand at the extreme end during lower light levels because it does not have VR, but for what it is made for I have not had any trouble getting sharp pictures. Just don't use it in low light without a tripod.

Focusing is smooth in the normal mode from 1.5m (5 ft) to infinity and it just under 1/4 turn from lock to lock. (Macro is 1/2 turn)

Zooming is smooth from 70mm to about 200mm, and then bunches up (gets slightly harder to turn) from 200 to 300. It zooms back down smoothly the entire way.
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120 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Sinister Minister on August 7, 2006
Style Name: Nikon 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.)

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152 of 162 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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29 of 29 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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