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Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro For Nikon Digital & Film Cameras

by Sigma
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • An excellent budget priced tele-zoom for film and digital SLR cameras
  • Versatile zoom for sport, portraiture and nature photography
  • Low dispersion glass element for effective control of colour abberations
  • Multi layer coating optimises quality for digital photography
  • Maximum magnification 1:2 in macro mode at 300mm
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.6 x 11.9 cm ; 540 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 70-300mm DL-M Nikon
  • ASIN: B0012X43P2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Feb 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Manufacturer's Description

This lens has a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300mm focal length. Excellent performance telephoto zoom lens for digital and 35mm SLR cameras. It also has a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm. The minimum focusing distance is 1.5m (59.1 inches) at all zoom settings. We used SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration. It is effectively corrected for fluctuation of aberration due to focusing

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Sigma 70300mm f456 DG Macro Nikon AF fit Lens 5A9955 Cameras Camera Accessories


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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good lens for the price 14 Jan 2010
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[Review for the Nikon fit lens]

Pros:
Cheap - if you aren't looking for crystal clarity and will use it only in circumstances where camera shake won't be a big deal (i.e. not at full focal length, using a tripod or in full sunlight), you can get surprisingly good images. It'll never compete quality-wise with a £2000 pro lens, but at this price it doesn't have to.

Near-macro performance (1:2 isn't full macro) unless you're wanting to get up close and personal with individual ants, it makes for a passable macro lens. Remember to use that tripod, though.

Overall value - in the world of SLR photography, you rarely get much for less that £150, especially when it's a long zoom with macro functionality.

Cons:
Construction quality is ok, and while it can look impressive fully extended, to handle it can start to appear flimsy, and feels more blue peter than blue ribbon. I have doubts over its long term survival. At this price though, it's hard to complain.

Image Quality is good in the 70-150mm range with no real problems, but as you approach 300mm you start to see blurring creep in from the sides, and chromatic abberation becomes an issue in high contrast areas (e.g. tree branches against the sky). Worse than my other lenses, but still not so bad as to make your photos unusable.

In summary it's an average to good quality lens, and for people who want something to cover those full zoom scenarios they might need on the odd occasion without breaking the bank, it would be hard to do better. If I needed a 300mm lens on a daily basis though, I'd definately look at a higher end model (and accompanying higher end price tag).
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money 17 April 2009
I've only had this lens for a couple of days, but so far I've been really impressed with the picture quality. I'm new to using Digital SLRs, and currently have a Nikon D60, with the 17-55mm standard kit lens. The sigma lens comes with a macro facility between 200-300mm, which so far has given great picture quality and detail, even without a tripod (although a tripod would definitely be recommended as the lens and camera together are quite heavy). I'm planning to use the lens for some nature photography, and for the money, I think this is a great buy, particularly if you're new to digital photography and are not keen on spending hundreds of pounds on lenses. The autofocus also works well, and is not too loud for nature photographs (although the manual focus is easy to use if the noise is a concern). If you are an experienced photographer, then the difference between an expensive 70-300mm lens and this one may be obvious, but for a beginner, I couldn't fault this piece of kit so far. Also, the distributor, 47th St Photo, is excellent, service is really fast and efficient.
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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC LENS!!! GREAT BUY!!! 20 May 2010
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As a professional photographer I was very nervous about buying this lens, however I was in desperate need of a last minute emergancy lens for very little cash until I could get a new Nikon model! This lens is a brilliant buy! I researched it through various sources for days before buying it and in the end I decided to just buy it and pray! I am so glad I did!

It is well built and very strong and the auto focus is well above parr - better infact than on some Nikon lenses I have used! And as an added bonus it comes with a lens hood. As this is not a VR lens, I would recommend the use of a tripod for non-professional photographers and as you may find it heavy and experience "camera shake" but that is to be expected of a lens this size!

I am unable to fault this lens at all, it is a brilliant buy!
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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
bought this lens through amazon from 47th st photo in new york to use with a nikon d60, i received it in the UK two and a half days later(excelent service), i have to say i have only used it for a day but i am amazed at the quality of the shots especialy in macro mode the finnished pictures are professional like, but macro can only be engaged between 200-300mm but still great, unless you have a really steady hand a tripod is possibly required after 220mm , internal focus is fast and precise and depending what af setting you have your camera on ie continuouse for instance it can re-focus on something else if you move it , internal motor is louder than my nikkor 18-105mm but i dont think its as noisy as some of the other reviews indicate, what i am not keen on is the rotatinng element to focus as this is the reason i sold my 18-55mm kit lens , in genral a very good lens which is at least double the quality that i expected, some say you get what you pay for which goes to show how much we as consumers get ripped off as this is double what i paid for, personaly im glad i bought this and can recomend it just for the macro alone, i hope to take it down to silverstone in a couple of months for the renault world series and give it a proper field test and hopefuly review it after that
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188 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding lens 23 Aug 2009
Wow, you will not believe just how good this lens is until you try it. It's very rare that a product surpasses your expectations even when the majority of reviews you may have read are good, but this does trust me. Autofocus is fast and accurate and only very rarely gets caught 'searching'. I shot about 500 frames at two wildlife parks recently and only a couple of times did it struggle to find the subject behind bars (and we all know what fun and games that can be!!)

Results are very sharp straight out of the camera and colour saturation I found was even better than the kit lens. You really will be getting pro quality results in no time with this baby. As for needing a tripod, what a load of old cobblers. Unless you've got seriously shaky hands you'll have no problem getting great pictures. A couple of tips on this point, firstly try and make sure your shutter speed is at least equal to the focal length, for example if your at 200mm then 1/200 sec, or more if possible. If you think your on the limit for hand holding use the continuous shooting mode and whack off 3 or more frames, your bound to get at least one in sharp focus. If the light isn't great just up the ISO - most of my recent animal shots were at 800 ISO and they look excellent.

A lot has been said about the noisy mechanics on this lens. Sure it's louder than the kit lens but as for scaring off a herd of wildebeest two miles away, get real!!! Again you'll have to trust me it's not a problem.

Finally I've noticed that not all that much has been said about the macro mode on this lens. Guess what, I'm gonna rave about that too!! It really is superb. I've done a fair amount of macro on my D40 and whilst the images have always been vibrant from the kit lens the Sigma takes it all to a completely new level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget, but perfect
Knowing that I would not get a great deal of use out of this type of lens, but wanting one nevertheless, I opted for one of the cheapest on the market. It is perfect. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Coolblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens
Ordered to use with my Nikon D200, this is a fantastic lens. Way back in 2005 I owned the APO version of this lens and I must say the build quality of this one far exceeds the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Rockfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit of advice please
I have a adaptor for my panasonic lumix G5 camera for Nikon lenses. The adaptor is for F mount only lenses , has this Sigma lense got a Nikon F mount . Read more
Published 17 days ago by Steve B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens at a good price.
Always a bit worried when buying OEM products but no worries with this one. I am using it on a Nikon D3100. Read more
Published 22 days ago by KF SAUNDERS
5.0 out of 5 stars sigma lens
Very easy to use once you get used to the settings for macro
Have only taken a few photo's so far but I'm please with them
Published 23 days ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very nice product at a fraction of the Nikon price. It is more than good enough for an average user.
Published 1 month ago by D. P. Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigma 70-300mm auto focus lens
excellent product,great value for money and would not hesitate to recommend the lens to anyone.Auto focusing and optical quality are superb
Published 1 month ago by Tommy Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars First impressions are good
Am really getting into this DSLR lark and wanted a longer zoom to take pics of my kids doing their various sports. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Top kit at a low price.
An excellent lens at an affordable price. Easy to fit and simple to use.
Both macro and telephoto work well. I look forward to getting close to nature.
Published 2 months ago by A. E. Glendinning
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect starter!
I recently bought my first DSLR and was disappointed with the range that an 18-55mm lens gave me. Having splashed out on the camera I couldn't afford to spend the kind of money... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt
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