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Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens

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Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

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Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro MTF Chart

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro MTF Chart

Optical design

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Sony A / Minolta A, Nikon F (FX, DX), Pentax K, Sigma SA

First year of production: 1998

Optical design: 14 elements in 10 groups

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Photos (13)

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Owners (19)

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Average price: $243

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
70mm - 300mmf/4.0 - f/5.6f/2290.9558545/19,2122/4,8

Additional information:

Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro - compact telephoto zoom lens for a modern popular AF-systems. Good quality to price ratio.

Macro scale - 1:2 (at 200-300mm in macro mode).

Equivalent focal length is 105-450mm.

3 SLD elements were used in it's optical design. Chromatic aberrations exist and are easily seen at 300mm focal length.

This lens has a good resolution in the center of a frame. Resolution fall is quite visible at the edges of a frame. Maximum of a lens optical quality can be achieved using apertures from F8 to F11.

Focusing system of Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro is slow and quite noisy. From time to time you can  get lens chaotic movement thus trying to focus and fails. This happend in low-light conditions and with  low-contrast objects. Front element of a lens is moving during focusing.

Color reproduction tends to have warm tints. Image contrast is average.

This lens is not bad resisting back and side lighting but using lens hood is recommended.

 There is a possibility of shooting in 1:2 scale (in 200-300mm range with switching lens to macro function by a special slider on a lens body)

 Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro is good for a wild nature shooting and some close-up work. It is also good choice for a travel photography..

 Lens hood is included in a set.

Attention: In Pentax K version AF system will not work with SF type cameras.


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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 29.09.2010



Photos taken with this lens Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro:


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Mechanical quality3.3013
Optical quality3.4613
Usability3.7713
Pricing / Value4.0713
Bokeh3.3913
Overall lens rating
3.60

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Owner reviews: Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/ 4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Psyduck 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 3 months

Strengths:

Not found

Weaknesses:

Slowly focus

Poor focus

No stabilizer

Comments:

Got free then, was quickly sold out