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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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Nikon SLR Cameras
  • 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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Product Details

Style: Nikon SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 4.7 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: B0012X43P2
  • Item model number: 70-300mm DL-M Nikon
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (544 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2003

Product Description

Style: Nikon SLR Cameras

The built-in motor allows autofocus with all Nikon digital ameras. These lenses incorporate a macro feature with aximum magnification 1:2 at the 300mm focal length. It is suitable for various types of shooting conditions. This telephoto lens has a 1:2 maximum magnification at the 300mm focal length. It is ideal for portraits, sport and other types of photography. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass provides excellent correction of chromatic aberration. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.

Lens Construction
  • 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.

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Customer Reviews

The built in motor is quite loud when auto focusing, but it does the job.
Hung Sewell
I'm new to taking pictures, but the lens seems to be working well, I've taken some nice shots with it.
Tsharpie
Ordered on Thursday and received the lens on Saturday.....really fast service.
G. Reed

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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79 of 91 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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