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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras

You Pay: $154.00
Product Highlights
  • For Canon EOS Cameras
  • Zoom Telephoto
  • Maximum Magnification of 1:2
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Lightweight (19.4 oz)
  • Lens Hood Included

Sigma's 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO-M DG Macro Lens is one of several tele-macro zoom lenses. It is a compact Apochromatic tele-macro zoom lens incorporating two Special Low Dispersion glass elements in the front lens group, plus one Special Low Dispersion glass element in the rear lens group, to minimize chromatic aberration.

This tele-macro zoom lens is capable of focusing down to 1:2 (half life-size) reproduction ratio at 300mm focal length. It also has a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm. The lens materials used in this product are lead and arsenic free ecological glass.

The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This lens is specially coated to get the best color balance while cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor.

Macro photography with a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300mm focal length
Switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm with a maximum close-up magnification from 1:2.9 to 1:2
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 34.3° - 8.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 59.1" (150.11 cm)
Magnification 0.5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 14/10
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 4.70" (7.62 x 11.95 cm)
Weight 19.4 oz (550 g)
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
     
    4.4

    (based on 84 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (47)
    • Consistent output (41)
    • Easily interchangeable (41)
    • Durable (35)
    • Strong construction (29)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (17)
    • Heavy (13)
    • Poor in low light (11)
    • Blurry focus (7)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (28)
    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Macro photography (22)
    • Sports/action (20)
    • General purpose (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (13), Enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (10), Casual photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (27), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bang for the buck.

    So, in a nutshell, its better then any Canon kit lens. But don't expect "L" glass quality here.

    I got this used, (+9), build...Read complete review

    So, in a nutshell, its better then any Canon kit lens. But don't expect "L" glass quality here.

    I got this used, (+9), build quality is decent. I like the finish Sigma uses. The lens switches feel a little cheap, the focus motor is quick, but its not a Canon USM lens.

    AF and IQ are good on my 7D. I got this mainly for the macro function. Keep in mind, you'll need to be at least a good meter away from the subject when 200-300 macro mode is used.

    The macro switch is tricky, at first I thought it was broken, but after READING THE DIRECTIONS, I learned that the lens must be manually focused back to infinity, and THEN you can switch the lens out of macro mode - and turn the zoom ring back past 200 (to 70).

    I don't like the rotating front element, it reminds me of the feel of my cheap Canon 50mm f1.8. Only its smoother. But the AF will make the nose jump a little and "zip.. zip.. zip... zip.." around when locking on.

    Tried out a few moon shots with a tripod, I was happy. Took a macro shot of my dog, I was happy.

    While its not as solid feeling as my 70-200 Canon USM F4L, its actually got better reach, and the macro function is icing on the cake.

    Since the 7D can shoot noise-free high ISO, the F5.6 is not a problem at all. Sharpness at the center is on par with my "L" glass, but the corners suffer a bit at the 300 end of the scale. Then again, this lens is half the price, and used, it was even less. Its lighter and more compact then the Canon 70-200.

    This would make a great addition for sports or wildlife for a shooter with a modern body.

    Its a nice plus that it comes with a padded carry bag, and a lens hood.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not so good wide open

    Uses: Kids sports, local news and portrait.
    Good: Light solid build. Decent focus speed for price.
    Bad: Not so sharp below 5.6. I first thought is was me, but...Read complete review

    Uses: Kids sports, local news and portrait.
    Good: Light solid build. Decent focus speed for price.
    Bad: Not so sharp below 5.6. I first thought is was me, but then tested lens with tripod at different apertures. At 8.0 it was very sharp, but below that it was significantly less sharp. Wide open was relatively useless.

    Recommend: To hobbyist.

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    5.0

    Nice lens

    By ChO

    from Mex

    About Me Photography Student

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

          I'm glad with the results. My 6D is doing fine with it. Considering its price, this should be a must have.

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          • No

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          4.0

          EXCELENTE

          By edu salgado

          from Temuco, Chile

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

            excelente, solo le falta un estabilizador

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            • Yes

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            3.0

            If you can't afford better, it could do

            By RRay

            from Playa del Rey, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Difficult To Set To Macro
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Zoom

            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

            I was not overly impressed with this lens and I have liked Signa lenses in the past. The range of view was limited (with a full frame sensor) compared to Canon lenses I have used in the past. My biggest complaint was the macro settings. It was a pain to switch between regular and macro mode. And the focus was sub par. Not sure if I just got a lemon, but it surely left a sour taste in my mouth.

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            5.0

            Fantastic lens for the price

            By Mel

            from Ohio

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • General Purpose
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

            I am a pro photographer for a product distribution company, and I do a lot of action photography in addition to product shots. This lens is my go-to lens, and is especially great for tight-in shots during our action shoots. The auto-focus is very accurate. I love this lens so much that I actually just bought another one for my own personal use. Overall, a very good lens at a fraction of the cost of other comparable lenses!

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            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Just like they said!

            By Newbie

            from mentone, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              I'm definitely an amateur photographer, but asked a pro for advice on which lens to buy, and where. He recommended your site as the most reliable and best price around -- and he was right! Shipped very quickly and the lens is exactly what I wanted!

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              5.0

              Sigma 70 - 300 mm lens for Canon EOS

              By Mr Duey

              from West Texas

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                Excellent lens. There was a problem with the lens that we received, but B&H took care of the problem in a courteous and timely manner.

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                5.0

                It's a Christmas gift.

                By Lucille

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                    It's a Xmas gift but I have the same same lens and love it..

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Fine value for money

                    By Alex Checchinato

                    from São Paulo, BRa

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                        Lens relatively light, with good optics, but focused a bit slow. But produces a great job.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Some notes.

                        By trmg65

                        from Turkey-Istanbul

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                              I've bought a sigma 17-70 several months ago that labeled some of international prize.I'm pleasure with it.It has an efective i.s and 72mm lens diameter.Sure class is different and I'm planning to by this lens for power zoom usage.These reviews are very usefull for me.I think optic meterials universe is not so small.But simple truth to deal us is treking here with payment.If you pay to a lens around 1000 dolars and over you can sure to get a pure satisfy.But may be not so,because you paid a haigh value and critics gets high.First,any I.S can do as a tripod.A good shot need some efford everytime in any way.As I understand ıf you take a noticable sharpness and macro capability with 300 mm. at such a pricing we'll love our glasses on camera and tripod.

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                              4.0

                              Delivers Quality Images

                              By Denny

                              from St. Francis, MN

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quiet auto focus

                              Cons

                              • Not Weather Sealed

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                              This lens delivers nice sharp images especially when used with a tripod. It's compact,lightweight and reasonably priced.
                              Image stabilization and weather sealed would be nice, but then the price would go up.
                              The lens turns when focusing making the use of a polarizing filter more difficult.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              As Expected

                              By KC Photographs

                              from Minneapolis, MN

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                              Overall a very good lens for the price. As pointed out in other reviews, the focus is slower and not as sharp when using in lower light. But it works very well in brighter light and seems to be very well constructed with a good "solid" feel to it. I have not tried the macro function very much, but what I have, it seems to do a good job. The DOF does seem a little shallow though.

                              Overall, if you don't have the $$ to spend on a L-series lens, this lens is well worth the price.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              EXCELLENT LENSE

                              By RUSS

                              from WANTAGE NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                VERY GOOD LENSE FOR THE PRICE

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Great Lens for the Price Don't hesitate

                                By MauiMacMan

                                from Tenafly, NJ and Maui, HI

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy
                                • Lens Creep

                                Best Uses

                                • Art reproduction
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Night Photography
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                I have used this lens for Macro, shooting at night, portraits, everything. It delivers crisp, saturated color images. no fringing or highlight flare. Perfect blacks and white with details. Autofocus is fast and ultra accurate. You will love the reach at 300mm. I did a stupid thing and lost my camera with this lens on the mount. I am now going to upgrade to the Canon 60D and will be purchasing this lens AGAIN! I like it THAT MUCH@! Get it now! Ha Ha Ha you'll be laughing at those who didn't! BTW, I've dropped the camera numerous times and this lens keeps on ticking! (as did the camera from a 6 foot fall). There is nothing I don't like about this Sigma 70-300mm lens - except perhaps, that its subject to Lens creep so be careful if you have it on a tripod. Make sure the axis of the lens is right over and lined up with a tripod leg or it might unbalance the tripod with disastrous results. But that's such a minor thing given how well the lens delivers on all fronts, imho, its insignificant. I used a rubber band to insure again creep.

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                                4.0

                                Bang for the buck.

                                By DanJ

                                from Philadelphia PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                  So, in a nutshell, its better then any Canon kit lens. But don't expect "L" glass quality here.

                                  I got this used, (+9), build quality is decent. I like the finish Sigma uses. The lens switches feel a little cheap, the focus motor is quick, but its not a Canon USM lens.

                                  AF and IQ are good on my 7D. I got this mainly for the macro function. Keep in mind, you'll need to be at least a good meter away from the subject when 200-300 macro mode is used.

                                  The macro switch is tricky, at first I thought it was broken, but after READING THE DIRECTIONS, I learned that the lens must be manually focused back to infinity, and THEN you can switch the lens out of macro mode - and turn the zoom ring back past 200 (to 70).

                                  I don't like the rotating front element, it reminds me of the feel of my cheap Canon 50mm f1.8. Only its smoother. But the AF will make the nose jump a little and "zip.. zip.. zip... zip.." around when locking on.

                                  Tried out a few moon shots with a tripod, I was happy. Took a macro shot of my dog, I was happy.

                                  While its not as solid feeling as my 70-200 Canon USM F4L, its actually got better reach, and the macro function is icing on the cake.

                                  Since the 7D can shoot noise-free high ISO, the F5.6 is not a problem at all. Sharpness at the center is on par with my "L" glass, but the corners suffer a bit at the 300 end of the scale. Then again, this lens is half the price, and used, it was even less. Its lighter and more compact then the Canon 70-200.

                                  This would make a great addition for sports or wildlife for a shooter with a modern body.

                                  Its a nice plus that it comes with a padded carry bag, and a lens hood.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Zoom Lense

                                  By Born2Fly Girl

                                  from Lewiston, ID

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Outdoors

                                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                    I am a photo enthusiast just starting to expand my hobby to the next level. I researched other zoom lenses and after extensive research I settled on the Sigma 70-300mm as the entry level zoom lense for me. I have used the lense a few times and am VERY pleased with the sharpness of the lense. For the price this is going to suit my needs for quite a while.

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                                    4.0

                                    Too hot for its price range

                                    By KISHU

                                    from Parsippany, NJ

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                      I took this lens on the suggestion of one of my photographer friend, who took it while he was learning photography. I also appreciated the idea of using a cheaper lens while I am learning.

                                      I mostly used it for shooting birds, and sunset from heights and moon.

                                      It's a great lens for beginners to average skilled users.

                                      The features work as described in the lens specifications and when compared to the price, the deal is very nice

                                      I shot an entire album of common birds in my backyard and it came out pretty good. A moon shot from this lens has been superb too.

                                      I also shot some portraits of friends from a distance of 10M and got superb bokeh

                                      I was though disappointed by the absence of any optical stablizing mechanism, which should have been obvious to me.So night shots of distant objects were tricky because vibrations caused a lot of camera shake.

                                      All in all, too good for its price range. Good deal Sigma!!

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                                      2.0

                                      I wouldn't buy this

                                      By Alfie

                                      from Citrus Heights

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Blurry Focus
                                        • Poor in Low Light
                                        • Slow Focus

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                          I didn't get sharp pics with this lens. I sent mine back to get my money back.

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                                          • No

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                                          4.0

                                          Amazing Price

                                          By Dougilis

                                          from Washington DC

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Easily Interchangeable
                                          • Nice Bokeh

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor in Low Light

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Macro Photography
                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                          The lens thus far has been amazing. I am no professional but I have been able to effectively use the lens in many conditions to get some amazing shots. Not having image stabilization means using it at night or low light situations is nearly impossible without a tripod, but you get what you pay for.

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent lens

                                          By Donna

                                          from Canada

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easily Interchangeable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                              freelance photgrapher, loving this lens, a tripod is definitely a must with this one as there is no I/S on it. Other than that, no conmplaints

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                                              4.0

                                              Great Performance Lens for telephoto

                                              By Phil

                                              from Decatur, GA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Macro Photography
                                                • Wildlife Photos

                                                Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                                                For the price, this lens is a great value for new SLR photographers. The lens is incredibly good, considering the price. I'd highly recommend getting this, especially as a first-time telephoto for new consumer SLR photographers.

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