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Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL)

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Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
  • Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 105mm with most cameras
  • Focuses down to 1 - 1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 10.1 inches
  • Extremely compact weighing only 18.5 ounces & measures only 3.7 inches long
  • A lens hood, front & rear lens caps and carrying case are included with the lensSpecifications
  • Lens Construction - 10 Elements in 10 Groups

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Technical Details

Style: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: B000GPKQHQ
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 70 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 70 mm
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Product Details

Style: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GPKQHQ
  • Item model number: B000GPKQHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Style: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

This medium telephoto macro lens is ideal for both digital SLR cameras and 35mm film SLR cameras. The 70mm focal length gives an equivalent field of view as our popular 105mm macro lens when used on digital SLR cameras with an APS-C size image sensor. The design of this lens makes it suitable for taking pictures in all situations from infinity to 1:1 macro, both with natural light conditions or flash. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and two high refractive index SLD lenses provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations and produce an exceptional level of optical performance. Sigma s super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, and helps create a natural color balance. The floating focus system provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro. A Focus Limiter Switch in incorporated on the lens, improving the speed and accuracy of autofocus by limiting the focus range. A screw-in lens hood is included for convenient use of circular polarizing filters.

Customer Reviews

It is quick with focusing and has smooth manual focus.
Dag Lestander
The focus accuracy, sharpness, and bokeh make this an excellent portrait lens.
Alec
The build quality is excellent and it looks really good on my camera.
James

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gray on January 17, 2008
Style Name: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I've never been a big fan of Sigma Zoom lenses, but their prime lenses are top notch. I've been using the Sigma 105mm and 50mm macro primes on my Canon full frame bodies so I decided to pick this lens up for my Nikon D300 to give me a 105mm equiv lens for that system.

In a nutshell, this lens is fantastic. It is very sharp corner-to-corner on my Nikon D300. It is sharp wide open at f/2.8 and stays sharp up until about f/11, where it starts to soften just a bit. Lens construction is very sturdy and typical of the top-end sigma primes. Autofocus speed is adequate but not as fast as the best Nikon lenses. It also makes a little more noise when focusing. Manual focusing is excellent with a very smooth and precise feel. I really like this lens and it may be one of the sharpest prime lenses on the market. I highly recommend it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Camborieux on March 21, 2007
Style Name: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
This lens performs better than I expected. I bought this lens for macro and with the 1:1 ratio, it gives great pictures. With its f/2.8 at 70mm (which is equivalent to a 105mm in digital) it does work brilliantly for portraits (I thought it could be slightly slow but it is not at all!).

At this price, it is a great lens to have in your bag.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William C. Daniel on February 26, 2008
Style Name: Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
After researching macro lenses and considering my uses, I decided that I would get more use from a 70mm macro than other focal lengths such as 50 or 105. I see this lens as primarily a 70mm with macro capability for my purposes. And it is a great lens. Very sharp for all distances. Very nice color, contrast, etc. Solid construction, smooth focusing both manual and auto. This is a hunk of gear that is excellent in almost every way.

And HUNK it is. Heavy, big. Be prepared for this. Use a can of peas to get the idea. This isn't a complaint; on my Pentax K10D, it balances well and is a pleasure to hold. But it will start weighing you down after time around the neck.

My negative comments: The lens hood should be sized tighter so that it stays in place when reversed and you place it in a bag. The Sigma 'EX' crinkle finish is fine but not my favorite. The supplied case is bigger than it needs to be and yet doesn't provide much padding.

My most used lens. I didn't know that 70mm on an APS-C sensor (105mm equivalence for 35mm) would be such a nice focal length but it has become my new 'standard' lens.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Peter Chenoweth on June 7, 2009
Style Name: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
Bought this to pair with my Nikon D90. It's a sharp lens that's very pleasant to use. As the other reviewer said, it's a 'nice' length on an APS-C sized sensor, ~105mm. Sharpness is on par with the venerable Nikkor 50mm f1.8, IMHO. So that's great. Not unexpected though, as this is supposedly Sigma's sharpest prime lens and it's a Macro lens, which by definition has to be tack sharp. Build quality seems very good too. All in all, it's a nice lens at a good price.

Focus is slow compared to AF-S lenses, but only because there's such a huge focal range. This lens does seem hunt a lot on my D90, even in bright light. It'll often have to run the focus across the entire range to get a lock, and that's a pain. However, flipping the focus limiter switch solves it and makes it focus just as fast as my other non AF-S lenses. So that's ok. And for macro shots I'd usually be focusing manually anyway, so it's not a big deal. But it's just not quite as quick as my AF-S lenses.

I also don't like the fact that the lens cap won't snap on when the sunshade is screwed on. Makes it a bit of a pain when you're out and about and want to cap the lens, as you've got to unscrew the shade (and put it somewhere - it doesn't reverse) to put the cap on. A pain compared to Nikkor shades that allow the cap while they're installed, even while reversed.

But there is one major negative that none of the other reviews have touched upon. And it's nearly a deal-breaker for me. This is NOT a true f2.8 fixed lens. It is from 10ft to infinity, but below that the max aperture grows as the subject distance decreases. At 1:1 magnification, 3-4 inches away, maximum aperture is f4.8.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Henry on April 12, 2008
Style Name: Sony Digital SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
While of fairly substantial heft, the optics on this lens, as noted in many reviews, are terrifically sharp. If you judiciously use the focus limiter, it's perfectly suitable (actually even excellent) for portraiture. The fast aperture also helps keep ISO (and therefore noise) low, too.

The detail in macro-closeups is truly remarkable!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jayman on September 8, 2012
Style Name: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
Let me first echo what just about every other personal and professional reviewer has said about this lens. "This is probably the sharpest lens in my bag or that I've used." Yes it is sharp, I mean very sharp. This Sigma 70mm macro out resolves my 12mp Nikon d90 easily. My computer screen and d90,(nice screen), usually pix-elate and fall apart long before the detail that this lens resolves. Any shortcoming in image quality is mostly attributed to user error. I have used and sold many macro lenses. Some highly regarded, some not so much. (Please see my Nikon 85mm 3.5 VR DX review, (an excellent lens) for a list of macro's I've used)

This sigma 70mm however, pics up that extra bit of detail that few lenses I've used if any can pick up. No doubt, some of the Ziess or higher end glass is probably better but in this price category maybe not. This lens is very sharp at 2.8 and by that I mean it is consistently usable! I've tried a few lenses that have reputations for being sharp wide open but really it turned out they were not. The Sigma 70 macro is particularly good on smaller format cameras due to the almost lack of veiling/fall-off due to use of lenses sweet spot. This lens is usable at f/2.8 for nice sharpness and smooth transitions (Good for portrait and close-ups). I stop to f/4-f/5.6, to clean up any aberration in high contrast situations (mostly in corners) and to sharpen up corners a bit and increase depth of field. Also stopping down increases contrast and brightness a touch but that is about it.

So why four stars? Because I could not give 4.5 stars and while this lens is very sharp wide open, it doesn't stop down as far as Nikon macro lenses, which is important for depth of field in macro photography. The sharpness of this lens past f/5.
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