Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS (Optical Stabilizer) Telephoto Zoom Lens Kit, for Maxxum & Sony Alpha Mount. with Tiffen 62mm UV Filter, Lens Cap Leash, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

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About Sigma 70-300mm

High ratio zoom lens housed in a compact construction and incorporating Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function.

This telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function and is housed in a compact construction. TheOS 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

SIGMA's own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) technology
This lens is equipped with Sigma's own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. This system offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. It makes telephoto shooting easy for many types of photography such as sport and nature. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject movement.
* For Pentax and Sony mount, it is not possible to use AF and stabilizer function (OS) when attaching to film SLR, Pentax ist* series and K100D DSLR cameras.

Superior image quality
The SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element provides excellent correction for all type of aberrations.

Compact and lightweight lens design
The lens has an overall length of 126.5mm (5.0"), maximum diameter of 76.5mm (3.0") and weight of just 610g/21.5oz. Its compact construction makes it convenient for travel and hand held telephoto photography.

Super Multi Layer Coating
The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high contrast images throughout the focal range.

Rounded diaphragm
This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas

Minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1") at all focal lengths
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

Large-sized lens hood
The lens is supplied with a large-sized lens hood to block out extraneous light and reduce internal reflections.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easily interchangeable (54),Consistent output (53),Fast / accurate auto-focus (50),Durable (43),Strong construction (38),Lightweight (30),Rugged (17),Easy to clean (6),Easily mounted (4),Good power output (4),Attach securely (3),Good color value (3)
Cons:
Slow focus (24),Heavy (17),Poor in low light (14),Lens creep (9),Tough to attach (4),Blurry focus (4),Weak casing (4)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (44),Landscape/scenery (38),Sports/action (35),Macro photography (23),Wildlife (18),Nice bokeh (16),General purpose (14),Portraits (9),Travel (9),Landscape photography (5),Night photography (5),Weddings (4) Outdoors (4),Video (3),Fun (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (31),Semi-pro photographer (14),Enthusiast (14),Casual photographer (11),Semi-professional (6),Pro photographer (6),Beginner (3),Professional (3)

Sigma 70-300mm Specifications

Lens Construction
16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View
34.3 - 8.2 degrees
Diaphragm Blades
9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture
F22
Minimum Focusing Distance:
150cm / 59.1 in.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:3.9
Filter Diameter
Diameter 62mm
Dimensions:
Diameter: 3 in. / 76.5mm x Length: 5.0 in. / 126.5mm
Weight:
610g / 21.5 oz

Sigma 70-300mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 95 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

Reviewed by 95 customers

 
4.0

Good lens, great price.

By

from SW Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I do mostly nature photography. This lens along side similar lenses performs well and the price is well below what I have paid for my Nikkor lenses. It is light, quick and appears to be sharp on the computer screen. I have not made any large prints yet.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really good lens for its price.

By

from Pinon Hills, CA  -  Photography Student

I mainly use this to shoot local birds and small critters with the use of the macro/telephoto function. This lens is very sharp. It's actually sharper than my kit 18-55mm lens that came on my D3100. The lens is a little soft at 4-5.6, but gets really sharp at f8. The lens has some weight to it and it feels pretty solid. The macro function works between 200-300mm and still produces sharp results! I am extremely happy with this lens. So sharpness, contrast, and its macro function are all positive. It's a very good lens. Now, the only thing that I am not too fond of is the focusing time. If you're using auto focus, the motor takes awhile to focus, but it gets the job done. The motor itself is a little loud. Other than that, it's a really good lens for its price and I highly recommend it to others looking for a great telephoto/macro lens at a bargain price.

 
4.0

Excellent lens

By

from Tucson, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the second of this particular lens I have purchased, and for the price it is certainly worth it. After I dropped my lens, I had considered several others that were considerably more expensive and faster, but after careful consideration I chose to got with this lens, considering all the great photos I got with my previous lens. The optics are good throughout the range, and the close focusing capabilities are one of the major reasons I love this lens. I do confess, the major drawback is the noise, and it is not particularly fast, but for shooting from a distance it should not present a problem.

 
5.0

For the price it has done a great job.

By

from Colusa Ill  -  Semi-pro Photographer

used it on to take pictures of a barn a 1/4 of a mile away. did a great job. barn edges were straight, very clear, weight don't even notice. Keeps up great with moving trains.

 
5.0

Excellent construction and versatility

By

from Montana  -  Pro Photographer

Professional photographer taking flora and fauna. Sometimes use with a 1-4 teleconverter and lens works well in AF with it

 
4.0

Don't judge this lense by the price.

By

from cleveland,Tn  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is fantastic value for an entry level zoom lens. I use it on my Nikon D3100. Yes, the auto focus is a little slow, and it is a bit noisy however I can not be happier with this purchase. I wanted a telephoto lense, since I only have the 18-55mm kit lens the D3100 came with. After reading review after review, I pulled the trigger on this one, and happy that I did.

 
4.0

Pretty Good For a 'Cheap' Lens.

By

from Daly City, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This Sigma lens is well built and feel solid. I am impressed by its quality considering the price I paid for it. The auto-focus is noisy and slow, but it gets the job done. Macro is down to 1:2 @300mm, very useful for taking macro pix of flowers, gritters and pets. You have a 3+ feet working distance. With the 9-blade diaphragm aperture construction, it makes a fine portrait lens with pleasing Bokeh. However, I would not recommend it for Sports or Hyperactive kids.

 
4.0

Not Bad for A 'Cheap' Lens

By

from Daly City  -  Photo Enthusiast

This Sigma lens is well built and feel solid. I am impressed by its quality considering the price I paid for it. The auto-focus is noisy and slow, but it gets the job done. Macro is down to 1:2 @300mm, very useful for taking macro pix of flowers, gritters and pets.With the 9-blade diaphragm aperture construction, it makes a fine portrait lens with pleasing Bokeh. However, I would not recommend it for Sports or Hyperactive kids.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great zoom telephoto lens for the money

By

from Plymouth,MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Using this lens all the time with the 18-55mm one. Takes great photos and the price is affordable. Although, it doesn't come with VR.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works well

By

from Cleveland, Ohio  -  Casual Photographer

It works well for the little amount I use it for.

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