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

Not the newest, but this Sigma zoom lens still has something to offer at the price

Our Verdict

For

  • Close-focusing 0.5x macro ability in the 200-300mm zoom range
  • Impressive build quality at the price
  • Sharp at all but the longest telephoto setting

Against

  • No optical stabilisation
  • Lacks Sigma's HSM autofocus, and the basic motor is quite noisy
  • Poor image contrast in dull lighting

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 apo dg macro review

One of the old school of telephoto zoom lenses, the Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro lacks an optical stabiliser, which is a big drawback for Canon and Nikon camera users.

We liked

Typically solid Sigma build quality and sharpness is good from 70mm up to about 250mm.

We disliked

Drop off in sharpness at 300mm, lack of image stabilisation and no HSM autofocus.

Final verdict

More than a one-trick pony, the Sigma doubles up as a 0.5x macro lens but, given its relatively poor resolution at the long end of the zoom range, it can't compete with a good macro prime lens. Overall, it's outclassed by Sigma's newer 70-300mm OS lens.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length70 mm
Maximum Aperture Wide4
Maximum Aperture Tele5.6
Brand NameSigma
Filter Attachment Diameter58 mm
Lens TypeTelephoto Zoom
Application/UsageCamera
Minimum Focus Distance950 mm
Diameter76.6 mm
Depth122 mm
Compatibility

Nikon D-SLR Cameras

Magnification0.50x
ManufacturerSigma Corporation
Product Model5A8955
Product Name70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manufacturer Part Number5A8955
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com
Marketing Information

The performance telephoto zoom lens is capable of shooting with a maximum magnification of 1:2 at the focal length of 300 mm. It's the ideal lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range.

Package Contents
  • 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Fitted Padded Case
  • Front and Rear Caps
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty Card
Weight (Approximate)550 g