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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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! You won't be shooting any indoor sports with this thing but sunny outdoor photography is now super affordable.

Sound like too much work? I hear you! 3 Stars.

EDIT 17JUNE2012 - I just realized that my camera does a pretty good job with the ISO set to 800 and even 1600. I got some very good, sharp shots at 1/1250 sec. and cleaned the noise with Photoshop. It's an extra step but, again, $169!
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180 of 193 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR CamerasVerified 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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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2010
Style Name: Nikon SLR CamerasVerified 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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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
Style Name: Nikon SLR CamerasVerified Purchase
Debated for about a month on ordering this item. I was looking at other lenses that were compatible with my Nikon D3100 and finally after seeing how expensive the Nikon lens was, decided to go with the Sigma after doing some research. Ordered on Thursday and received the lens on Saturday.....really fast service. I tried it out soon after I got it and I have to tell you, I was really impressed. Works great and the macro photos are awesome...... I paid $179.00 with free shipping and it's worth every penny. If you're in the market for a good quality lens without spending an arm and leg, then go with this lens. You can always send it back if you don't like it,
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2007
Style Name: Pentax SLR Cameras
I was leary about purchasing this "cheap" version of the Sigma Lens. Being new to DSLR photography, I really don't know a whole lot about lenses, but I did want something that would give me a good telephoto range and decent picture quality. This lens did not disappoint. I am really happy with the performance of this lens. It brings images in really close, from really far away. The picture quality is perfect ! I use this with a Pentax *ist DL and the pictures it produces are wonderful. If this is the "cheap" version of the Sigma lens, I really wonder what the "high end" version will be like. Thanks for reading this, hope it helps.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2006
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
I recently bought this lens for my Canon XTi. It does lock on focus quickly. I have used it a handful of times in overcast weather. I must say that the focus is not sharp at 300mm. I got some improvement by stopping down the aperture a bit. Still, I wish that I was getting better sharpness at 300 mm. I have not had adequate time to try out the macro feature on this lens, but I will try and leave another review after I have had more time to play with this lens. The focus is better in the middle ZOOM ranges. And lastly, the contrast is not as nice as the stock 18-55mm lens that came with my Canon.

08/31/11 I am back to finish my review of this lens. I have had it now for quite some time. In fact, I have sold my Canon XTi and gotten a T2i instead. I haven't upgraded this lens, but the review I have given above still stands. In fact, unless I am shooting in bright situations where I can couple a fast shutter speed and a stopped down aperture, I try to never use the 300mm setting. It does stay pretty sharp up to 250mm, however.

I have used the macro functions quite a bit. They are adequate to get you started in the macro world. I took many pictures of insects, flowers, mosses and other large macro objects. It works well to tantilize you. But in the end I wanted more detail, so I ended up springing for a dedicated macro lens. Now if I could only afford a good ring flash....
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2007
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
I've had this lens for almost a year and use it with my Nikon D70s. Overall I'm pleased with the results. The macro mode is a nice addition. This is a good starter telephoto lens.

It does have some graininess issues in the 300mm range, but I'm able to fix that in post production so it's not a big deal for me.

One major problem I've encountered is that the auto-focus sometimes has a hard time figuring out what to focus on. I correct this by turning the lens slightly away and then bringing it back to the subject.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2007
Style Name: Minolta and Sony SLR Cameras
I bought this lens to use on the Sony-A100 and after field testing it over the last two weeks I give it four stars. The only "glitch" the I found is the stiffness of the zoom control, which may loosen up with use. I would recommend this lens to anyone.
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