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The Complete Review of the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro

by Gevon Servo on 08/28/2010

Mission Complete, the review of the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lenshas ended. There is not much more to say, it’s a decent lens for a decent price. I do own this lens, so it will be used a lot. So let’s do a recap.

Testing

On Day 1 I focused on the build and ergonomics of the lens and it’s general performance with my D90

On day 2 it was a Dog Day of summer and I was on a Photo walk in New York with the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro

On Day 3 it was all about sports and how the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lensperformed during fast action.

On the Macro

The Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG says it’s a Macro lens so why would you not use it? It’s fun during the summer time when flowers are abundant with provides perfect times to use the Macro feature. The Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro handles these types of shots very well. It’s not the best, though in an indoor light box or product shot setting. There is just too much fumbling being up close, for me anyway. I used manual focus and auto and i just did not enjoy the lens in this scenario.

Using this lens for event photography

I attempted to use the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lensat a family event. Well, it was decent in that setting. Not my lens of choice though. especially with the other options I had available. The Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro did give me some decent shots but it felt in the way of people and kids running all around me due to the large size. Because I had the ability to move around it made the lens the wrong choice, a prime lens was the better lens for this.

Longs Distance Shots

As a zoom lens, the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro is a great. When you let the sunshine in, you steady yourself, then pull the trigger, you can get amazing shots.

Image Quality

Overall the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro coupled with the Nikon D90 helped produce some great images. This lens does have issues in low ambient light, it does work a better on a tripod in low light.

Conclusions on the Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG Macro

Sigma is a company that has some great products. This lens is a good example of their work. With its low cost and decent performance this lens is great for budget conscious amateurs to “prosumers”. It does not have the focus speed of the higher priced lenses but that it is forgivable. The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lenswill works with APC-C to full frame cameras and perform admirably.

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