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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS review

Completely redesigned, this zoom lens isn't just an old dog with new tricks

Our Verdict

For

  • Sharpness is good at 300mm, even when using the largest aperture of f/5.6
  • Effective 4-stop optical stabiliser
  • Robust build quality

Against

  • Autofocus motor is quite noisy in operation
  • Front element extends and rotates during focusing
  • Lacks the 0.5x macro facility of Sigma's older 70-300mm APO lens

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 dg os review

Optical quality is good and the 4-stop optical stabiliser performs well, but it's a shame that Sigma didn't fit an HyperSonic Motor (HSM) autofocus system to the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS. As it is, the basic electric motor is quite noisy, but at least it's not too sluggish in operation.

We liked

The 4-stop optical stabiliser makes for consistently sharp handheld shots, and the build quality feels robust.

We disliked

It lacks HSM autofocus and the front element rotates and extends during focusing.

Final verdict

Overall, the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS is a good buy at the price, but it's still outclassed by the more expensive Nikon 70-300mm VR and Tamron 70-300mm VC USD lenses.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length70 mm
Lens Mount TypeNikon F
Maximum Aperture Wide4
Maximum Aperture Tele5.6
Optical Zoom4.2x
Brand NameSigma
Filter Attachment Diameter62 mm
Lens TypeTelephoto Zoom
Application/UsageCamera
Minimum Focus Distance1.50 m
Minimum Aperture22
Diameter76.5 mm
Depth126 mm
ColourBlack
Compatibility

Nikon DSLR Cameras

Magnification0.25x
ManufacturerSigma Corporation
Product Model572-955
Product Name572-955 Lens
Manufacturer Part Number572-955
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com
Marketing Information

This telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma's original OS function and is housed in a compact construction. The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. The SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element provides excellent correction for all types of aberrations. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high contrast images throughout the focal range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1") throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.9, making it ideal for close-up photography.

Package Contents
  • 572-955 Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front and Rear Caps
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty Card
Weight (Approximate)610 g