Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro


Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro


Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2005.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
The lens has macro-properties but is unable to reproduce things in their real size (otherwise called '1:1'). You should therefor consider taking the term 'macro' with a pinch of salt and if the macro-possibilities you are looking for you should perhaps look at other options.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in auto focus (AF) motor. The possibility to use auto focus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in auto focus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in auto focus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate auto focus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.
The lens has a focal length of 70-300 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Read more about the auto focus motor and the importance of this part
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 70 mm the lens brightness is f/4 and at 300 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 
Read more about the aperture and lens brightness
Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
Read more about how an image stabilizer works
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 58 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH635-01".
Read more about filters
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by several newer versions. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro (2005) << The lens you are currently viewing
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG APO Macro (2005)
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG OS (2010)
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro
Sample pictures taken with Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
The price
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
A lens hood is included
No built-in auto focus motor (the Nikon version)
No built-in image stabilizer
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
The lens is called 'Macro' but can not reproduce at a scale of 1:1
This lens has been replaced by several newer versions
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Specification
Product Name:Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro (See dictionary)
Release date: 2005
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Macro
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for auto focus the camera has to have a built-in auto focus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/4-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/4 at 70 mm
f/5,6 at 300 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 70-300 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  70-300 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  91-390 mmon Canon APS-H
  112-480 mmon Canon APS-C
  70-300 mmon Nikon FX, Full frame
  105-450 mmon Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 14 elements / 10 groups
Image Stabilizer:
No
Closest Focusing Distance:95 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 58 mm
Lens Hood:
LH635-01(included)
Tripod mount:
No (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):76 x 119 mm
Vikt:530 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)220 USD
 
 
Product Page (Sigma):
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Text from Sigma:"Sigma’s 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is a compact telephoto zoom lens. With a range that is useful for candid portraiture, capturing children playing in the backyard, amateur sports or even wildlife at the zoo this lens is usually the lens that photographers reach for first. It’s great on vacation for capturing scenic details or even groups of flowers in a garden. The Sigma 70-300mm offer a 4 to 1 zoom ratio in a compact lens that is easily carried in your camera bag or left on the camera as you travel; and the images are magnificent.

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 100 to 450mm with most cameras

Minimum focusing distance of 59 inches throughout the entire zoom range & a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2. Equipped with a switch that reduces the minimum focusing distance at 150mm to 95cm

SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range

A lens hood and front & rear lens caps are included with the lens."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/sigma-slr-lenses-41/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-74/181-sigma-70-300mm-f4-56-dg-macro.html
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro
Sample pictures taken with Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro
Different versions of this lens
2005 Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG Macro
2005 Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG APO Macro
2010 Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG OS

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