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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding lens, 23 Aug 2009
This review is from: Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro For Nikon Digital & Film Cameras (Electronics)
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. Even when there isn't a great deal of distant between subject and background you get fantastic shots, with those milky blurred backdrops seen on magazine pages. This is the real deal, and at this price a total steal. Go for it and have fun.

Oh, and one more thing, of course it bloody autofocuses on a D40. It says so in the description for starters, but if yours doesn't you've either ordered the wrong one or it's faulty in which case send it back.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2010 23:18:54 GMT
Mandrake says:
Where does it say that?????????????

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2010 12:47:41 GMT
Mr says:
Try looking under Technical Details (click on "show more technical etails") - "Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual".

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2010 22:33:16 GMT
tbag says:
hi will it work ok on a d60 in auto focus, just reading on lenses and i have ef-s, dx, dt, di, di II its a mine field. just want it to go autofocus on my new canon as my old one bit the dust ; -(

Posted on 28 Dec 2010 09:46:14 GMT
hi,do you know if it will work with my pentax kr,enjoyed your review,made me want to go out and buy it...

Posted on 13 Feb 2011 14:51:11 GMT
This review is totally over the top! I owned one of these, and to be fair, it is a good entry level lens. But that's it. For the price it gives you a good focal range. The macro is utterly useless because the minimal focusing distance is too far. And in no way does the lens give pro results, the focusing is terribly slow and does 'hunt' quite a lot. It's just not fast enough for action sports and wildlife. At 70mm and 300mm focal ranges, colour aberration is notable at the frame edges, as is a fair amount of 'softening'. So ok, it's a decent lens for starting into photography, but if you need a lens to completely deliver for you, sorry this isn't it. I suspect the above review was written by someone who's never used better optics.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2011 12:53:37 BDT
Pat Campbell says:
A think this may be a little harsh as many reviewers have their own opinions. Since I have become keen on photography I note that the advice I have received has been so varied, everyone has their opinion. I have loved some products, whilst others have hated them and vice versa. The reviewer obviously thought that the lens was perfect for their needs and for the price, which I think is very fair/reasonable. As a complete amateur, I have achieved some great photographic results which have been well received, even with basic equipment.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2012 15:17:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2012 14:12:44 GMT
M. Babb says:
Amazon reviews do generally tend to be subjective, which isn't a problem if you work from that assumption.
Unfortunately this review does seem to go out of its way to appear authoritative and absolute.

"Results are very sharp straight out of the camera" - should really be quantified as "Look sharp on my Nikon Dxxx, when compared to my xxx lens"
"As for needing a tripod, what a load of old cobblers." - Highly inaccurate, as this is a pretty 'slow' lens. 300mm would benefit from a tripod, unless you push the ISO up to increase the shutter speed. The ISO 800 in the review is a compromise, and WILL look worse (however much) than a shot at ISO 200 using a tripod.

This may be excellent for the price, but I certainly wouldn't say it was excellent compared to the general market. This is an average quality lens, giving a good range at a decent price. The fact that you can clearly see distortion and CA without pixel peeping puts it firmly in the bargain basement.

Half the review is based more on the camera's abilities and the scene selected. Also, try using the Sigma f2.8 150mm macro before raving about the abilities of this lens...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 09:35:04 BDT
reviewer says:
I have been using this lens on a D60 for several months. Autofocus tends to search quite a bit, but on a limited budget, it is a great 'make do' lens.
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