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Sigma70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras
 
4.2

(based on 30 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (19)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
  • Durable (15)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Consistent output (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)
  • Slow focus (7)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Wildlife photos (16)
  • Sports/action (13)
  • Macro photography (11)
  • General purpose (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (4), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just add Tripod and....voila'!!!

Bought mine here (BH) and just put it through a 3 day shoot that covered Nevada from border to border.
A Tripod A Must! But you know that.

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Bought mine here (BH) and just put it through a 3 day shoot that covered Nevada from border to border.
A Tripod A Must! But you know that.

From pulling in the most distant, shadowed mountains to up close and personal with the vivid roadside blooms, I had no worries w/this lens.
Can you pay more? Sure. But would you get more

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a bad lens for the money

I use this lens on a Sony Alpha SLT-A57 camera.
For the money it's not too bad a lens. Yes, the sides of the frame is soft at 300mm and it does...Read complete review

I use this lens on a Sony Alpha SLT-A57 camera.
For the money it's not too bad a lens. Yes, the sides of the frame is soft at 300mm and it does take a while to focus at times. But, It looks and feels solid and didn't cost a fortune. To me it doesn't really look like a super cheap lens. I have taken some real nice wildlife and macro photos with this lens. I'm happy with it for the price I paid.

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3.0

Not a bad lens for the money

By biglannie

from Voorhees, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Slow Focus
  • Soft edges

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

I use this lens on a Sony Alpha SLT-A57 camera.
For the money it's not too bad a lens. Yes, the sides of the frame is soft at 300mm and it does take a while to focus at times. But, It looks and feels solid and didn't cost a fortune. To me it doesn't really look like a super cheap lens. I have taken some real nice wildlife and macro photos with this lens. I'm happy with it for the price I paid.

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4.0

Value for money

By Thomas dogsledder

from Norway

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

    So far, I'm very happy with this product! Excellent pictures, no problems - we will now have to see how it holds up over time ;)

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    • No

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    5.0

    Geat Lens

    By Spud the Photo Guy

    from Glendale, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • 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 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

      Love it. Great lens. It is exactly what I wanted.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Frogman

      from Kansas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

      Really nice lens for the money does great pics i would buy again and recomend to friends!!

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      4.0

      Sigma 70-300mm DG macro lense

      By Hub Castell

      from Zürich

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

      I adquired this lense recently and I am still not quite acquainted with it,but I find it easy to handle and relatively light.
      At macre range it's easier to focus at MF modus.
      The quality is good for its price.

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      4.0

      I Like It!

      By LJ

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Focus
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Good range
      • Low Price

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

        You can't beat the lens for an affordable zoom. I haven't had any problems with the auto focus or performance. It's well made, and takes a nice crisp photo. I've been having a lot of fun with it. The macro setting lets you focus from a bit closer, and does nicely shooting things like flowers or bugs. It is not really so good for up close things like for instance shooting still shots of crystals and stones, you have to get too far back from things to shoot. But then, it's pretty tough to get one lens that does EVERYTHING. For the price, this is a pretty decent lens for your bag. :)

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        5.0

        Honest value to performance product

        By BigPapa

        from Southern Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

          I am an amature/hobby photographer. I wanted a lens to do some macro work with in the zoom setting but didnt want to spend alot of money on a lens I wouldnt use that much. This lens fit into the price range I was willing to spend considering my usage and purpose of the lens. I was actually quite surprised with the outcome of the lens. Not having much experience to draw from or to compare with, this lens actually did exactly what I wanted. Amazing results!! The macro zoom setting on this lens in video mode is exactly what I was looking for. Riveting video on detail I never imagined.

          Things that arent so great? I guess the zoom mechanism feels abit like small sand got in there....but I didnt care because I bought the lens for what it would look like and not feel like. Bottom line...satisfied.

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          5.0

          Great Shots!

          By Sonera2006

          from Union City, NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

            Cant ask for more from this lens. Great focus and clarity with this lens. Great value lens. Gets the job done without spending a ton of cash.

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            5.0

            Something small covers so much

            By Theresa the Taker

            from Bourbon Missouri

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

              I live on an 80 acre farm. I see alot of surises and sunsets. I am always taking pictures of everything. Turkeys, deer, dogs, grandkids. There are times I don't want the kids and grandkids to know they are getting their picture takin. This way I can get shots of what they are doing, without them knowing. My 5 year old granddaughter got her first camera for christmas. A couple of days later, she with her new camera and myself with my camera and knew lense, took a hike into the woods. We took picture of everything. It was a great day. I got to spend time with my granddaughter, who likes taking pictures just like me.

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              • Yes

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              1.0

              Didn't hold up

              By Suebee83

              from Massachusetts

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                    I used this lens a lot for sports such as soccer, football, dance, ect. I loved it while it worked. I have had it for 7 months and it is stripped. It won't focus anymore.

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                    1.0

                    Not so great

                    By Sonodea

                    from New York City

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Heavy
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Useless

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                    I recently purchased this lens based on the glowing reviews I read here. I have the Sony NEX-VG10 and thinking that this could be a great lens addition to my kit - I was extremely disappointed, to say the least. The lens is basically useless with a NEX camera. I don't even know why they bothered making the SONY version of this lens. Any stock SONY lens will blow this away and renders this SIGMA lens useless and unless you are seeking an inferior lens then...this is for you. After attaching the lens with my SONY a-mount lens adapter and working through the SIGMA instructions it was not even worth it. The lens cannot focus automatically and has a very hard time focusing manually and is useless under dim or dark conditions and marginal in ideal conditions; the SIGMA lens is heavy and bulky and makes the VG10 camera very front heavy and edIn short, it's a waste of tim and money. It will no doubt soon leave you frustrated and wondering why did SIGMA even bother. If you want a good lens then spend more and get one! Save your money and get something better especially, if you have an NEX SONY camera. I can't speak for their other versions for Nikon etc.

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                    4.0

                    ...good lens...

                    By kayowe

                    from california

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                    This is the 2nd 70-300 Sigma lens I've purchased (SONY SLR camera body has challenges). It's generally a good lens for the price (under $200), but the first one had a slight problem w/ the auto-focus. I'm hoping this one is better. It's light-weight, good for an amateur like me. What I really want is an 18-300mm that is compatible w/ the SONY camera body.

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                    4.0

                    Great For the price

                    By Gray Illuminations

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                      Great for macro, and getting close up to your subjects, Fairly sharp.

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                      5.0

                      I just love it

                      By Ricardo Lima

                      from Brazil

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                        easy to use, lightly and very powerful

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                        5.0

                        Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

                        By Mel

                        from San Antonio, TX

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                          I love this product. The lens works really great with my Sony a230 and it is easy to work. [...]

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                          5.0

                          Why buy from anywhere else??

                          By Coyote April

                          from Ventura

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                            The world at the fingertips and this is always the best place to shop online - period.

                            Great price, great shots....fantastic clarity. Don't know if I have a great steady hand or what but this is used with a Sony a290 and I have been using it everyday for a week and still haven't had an issue with shake. Never had the need to use with tripod yet.

                            I've only marked a few "Best uses" simply because I haven't had the chance yet to try them all.

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                            4.0

                            A very versatile product!

                            By samirtremt

                            from Puerto Rico

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                            Have a great zoom, its perfect to beach, sports and landscape photos. And have a very good price.

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                            5.0

                            Exceptional lens Exceptional price

                            By RadioActive

                            from Morehead City, NC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                            So far I am really enjoy this lens. It is sturdy and solid which makes it a somewhat heavy but it's not a big deal once you get use to it. It is a inexpensive lens, however I have not noticed any chromatic aberration as of yet, like the ones mentioned in other reviews.

                            It works best in good lighting situations, low light has some issues that can be addressed by camera settings.

                            This is perfect for a beginner, and even a semi-pro like myself, and it makes for a great backup telephoto lens for field use outdoors and so forth.

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                            4.0

                            Fun lens!

                            By HeavyWeight

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Chromatic aberration
                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                            I really enjoy using this lens. It is solid and well made. That makes it a little heavy but it's not a big deal. Since it is a cheap lens it has some chromatic aberration but you're not really going to find a lens in this price range that doesn't. Overall, I really enjoy it.

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                            4.0

                            Sturdy and capable

                            By orthotomeo

                            from quito, ecuador

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp Focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta Cameras:

                            I have been playing with this for 2 weeks now. Some reviews had said that a tripod was essential, so I bought one. I haven't needed it yet.

                            It does take a little bit of time to focus on moving objects using AF. I was at a humingbird park and ended up turning it on manual focus.

                            That said the quality of the lens is great. It lets in a lot of light, allowing very quick shots, even at full zoom.

                            The macro option is great. I used it a lot with great results. If you want to take close up shots, you'll need it. The one downside I have experienced is problems turning off the macro option. You need to back off the zoom a bit to free it up.

                            Overall I'm really satisfied with the lens. It is a great entry level, sturdy lens that takes crisp shots at good shutter speeds.

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