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Sigma70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Consistent output (10)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Easily interchangeable (9)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Strong construction (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (15)
  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Macro photography (10)
  • Sports/action (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this lens again

I bought this to get the best of both worlds, telephoto and macro. I haven't been disappointed! Macro is as easy to use as pushing a switch. It must be in the...Read complete review

I bought this to get the best of both worlds, telephoto and macro. I haven't been disappointed! Macro is as easy to use as pushing a switch. It must be in the 200-300 mm range for this and works best on manual focus. In macro setting, Auto focus it hunts too much to really zoom in on ones subject, but It takes really great macros. Used it telephoto at a rodeo event and got really good close up shots of the action. Auto focus works great, though when shooting birds in trees, might want to use manual focus if branches or twigs are in front of bird as they will be clear, and bird in background will be blurry.I have even taken indoor shots of pets and it works good, but have to have some distance between you and the subject. There is really nothing about it I don't like. Its light enough to hand hold even at the 300 mm length, although for night shots I would recommend a tripod. Comparable to more expensive lens making it a good buy for beginners.

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Good lens but bright

This lens seems to work well but most photos are overexposed with the Pentax K110D. Set the expose .5 to 1 stop darker. Focus is inconsistent but with multishot setting, 1 of 3...Read complete review

This lens seems to work well but most photos are overexposed with the Pentax K110D. Set the expose .5 to 1 stop darker. Focus is inconsistent but with multishot setting, 1 of 3 appears in focus. Not all features of the K110D work with the lens. When using anything other than auto or program mode, attempting to reach the F Stop is difficult due to the design of the Pentax lens cover. But, overall, not a bad lens. But, if you need all features of the camera stay with the 50 - 200 Pentax lens. I have both and will probably not use this lens very often.

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5.0

I would buy this lens again

By BkayBatten

from Branford, Florida

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Comparable To More Expens
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Easy manual focus
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None That I Find

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

I bought this to get the best of both worlds, telephoto and macro. I haven't been disappointed! Macro is as easy to use as pushing a switch. It must be in the 200-300 mm range for this and works best on manual focus. In macro setting, Auto focus it hunts too much to really zoom in on ones subject, but It takes really great macros. Used it telephoto at a rodeo event and got really good close up shots of the action. Auto focus works great, though when shooting birds in trees, might want to use manual focus if branches or twigs are in front of bird as they will be clear, and bird in background will be blurry.I have even taken indoor shots of pets and it works good, but have to have some distance between you and the subject. There is really nothing about it I don't like. Its light enough to hand hold even at the 300 mm length, although for night shots I would recommend a tripod. Comparable to more expensive lens making it a good buy for beginners.

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4.0

Great value

By Jami

from Lancaster Co., PA

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

      A very good general purpose lens. The added focal length is a great improvement over the more common 70-200mm lens. The compact design is a great bonus for use in a smaller equipment bag.

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      4.0

      Good for foray into DSLRs

      By Suzique

      from South Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

        Granted, I have not had a chance to compare this with other lenses other than an older model advanced point and shoot, but after taking many pictures with it over the past few months and reading reviews, here are my observations:

        Auto focus works best in normal light. It may be "noisy," but its usually pretty quick and focuses on the main subject about 19 times out of 20. Sometimes the lens just goofs, and I don't know why.

        I have taken pictures of smaller birds and other wildlife which requires maneuvering in low light and in areas with tiny branches and leaves. I find that I have to switch to manual focus since the lens either hunts or the camera does not know what to focus on and I end up getting a good picture of a twig with a blurry bird in the background. I am not sure this could be avoided regardless of whether it is the lens or the camera just because of the size of the conditions. I don't mind using manual focus, so this isn't a problem.

        It is also very precise on what object is to be focused upon. Again, that might have something to do with the settings of the camera (by choosing a setting for fast objects vs. landscape), but something that is just a couple of inches behind the object you are focusing upon will be slightly out of focus sometimes.

        I have read 1 and 2 star reviews on another website. However, that is a bit misleading if you are buying this for a Pentax camera since that particular website lumped in the reviews of the Pentax version with other manufacturers. The people with other brands of cameras complained of blurriness. However, Pentax comes with in-camera stabilization while other brands are located within the lens. Since this doesn't have an in-lens stabilization feature, then you are obviously going to have problems when not using a tripod.

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        5.0

        enjoying lens

        By MJ

        from North Carolina

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

          Using the lens for casual sports and outdoor photography on Pentax K-r. Enjoying lens. Takes excellent images. Only con is the difficulty changing over to macro and back.

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          5.0

          For Nature Shots This Lens Is A Bargain!

          By The Nose

          from Scottsdale, Az.

          About Me Casual Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

          You don't have to spend a fistful of money to be able to take excellent photos of the wonders of nature. This lens is not only a bargain it delivers clear, concise, photos that will meet the needs of the most harshest of critics.

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          5.0

          For the price...you can't beat it!

          By CJ

          from Parker, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

            Since the shor time that I've had this lens, I've already taken some nice wildlife photos.

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            5.0

            great lense for the price

            By norm

            from knoxville, tn

            About Me Photography Student

            Pros

            • 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 Pentax AF:

              very versatile lens and you cant beat the price especially for a k-mount lens

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              5.0

              Very smooth and easy to use

              By Jim

              from Sorrento, Florida

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              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 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                I use it for Florida nature shots and it works great ! I mostly manual focus and it's very smooth. Some have complained about the weight but I don't find that it's an issue at all. At this price point, it's an excellent choice.

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                5.0

                I would buy again

                By Vickie

                from Carthage, TN

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                  I just got back from a vacation in the mountains, and really enjoyed using this lens. With the 300mm zoom, I was able to take some decent photos of bears we saw! Also worked well bringing the mountain scenery much closer. I like the lens! I would choose it again. B & H had the best price[...]

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                  5.0

                  best lense for the value

                  By CJ

                  from Warren, mi

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                    I have been looking for an affordable lense to add to my Pentax K20D. This is it. The picture quality is fantastic. I use the lense for long distance photos and the motor for the auto focus functioned flawlessly.

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                    4.0

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

                    By Mandon

                    from Cincinnati, Oh

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                    Good lense for candy field pictures, Soft at 300mm need to go about f10 to sarp image. This lense really like the light.

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                    5.0

                    REPLACEMENT TELEPHOTO LENS

                    By durwoodall

                    from Smithfield,NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                    I use my Pentax camera for miscellaneous shots. A lot of nature but mostly sports shots. I have been using a kit lens with dissatisfation. This lens will cause me to purchase another sigma lens soon.It is heavy, but I don't mind. The quality of the pic's makes it worthwhile.

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                    4.0

                    worth the money, good product

                    By Karla

                    from miami

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                    Heavy but very useful.Love it!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Seems to be a decent lens

                    By Brent S

                    from Hagerstown, MD

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                          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                          I bought this for my dad who recently got a Pentax K-7. His house backs up to the woods, so I thought he might like a lens with some reach to get pictures of the wildlife. We played around with it a bit and it looks pretty good to my eye for the price. Not as sharp as my Nikon 70-300VR, but for the price, it takes a pretty decent shot.

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                          4.0

                          On a budget

                          By Iriemon

                          from New York

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                          I love it, I can't complain it allows me to take a lot of sweet professional quality pictures without paying out a lot of money.

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                          5.0

                          Glad i got it

                          By PeeWee

                          from Pueblo, CO

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                          toolk a little getting used to but love it

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                          4.0

                          Good basic zoom

                          By Fujicaman

                          from NE Alabama

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          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 Pentax AF:

                            I'm an animal photographer (mostly at zoo's) and landscapes and some portrait work.

                            I bought this to go with the Pentax K-x I bought just a week or 2 ago. I could have bought the Pentax kit with the K-x and the 18-55 and their 70-300, but I bought this lens instead for the following reasons:

                            1) The Pentax lens only goes to about 1/3.3 lifesize. I like to take flower pictures from time to time...that's not close enough for me. The Sigma goes to 1/2 lifesize...at the longer focal lengths. That's a big plus with things like butterflies.
                            2) I saved about $20 over the Pentax K-x w/ 18-55 and 70-300 zoom combo.
                            3) I like the bayonet on lens hood..you can use filters without a big hassle
                            4) I really like the matt black finish on the lens. Very sharp looking.

                            Things I don't like:
                            1) The normal/macro focus switch needs to be a bit bigger-about an 1/8 higher would be good.
                            2) If you're going to sell the lens with a bayonet on lens hood that only you make,put a model # on the hood so I can write it down and order another if I lose this one.

                            Overall, I'd say this lens is a really good value.

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                            4.0

                            Ugly bokeh, but overall nice lens

                            By Isaac Fast

                            from Kansas, USA

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                            I currently use this lens as my normal wildlife/naturetelephoto lens on my *ist DL. I usually get very goodresults with it until some small branches are in theforeground. Bokeh quality isn't always horrible, butsometimes it surprises me with horrible bokeh. Very rarelyhave I seen any chromatic aberrations, which is always aplus. Sometimes a green halo appears when scenes get verycontrasty. Autofocus is mediocre...when shooting throughtrees it searches a lot, as there are so many branches tofocus on. Even not shooting into trees, it tends to searchsome. It's also really light, so it doesn't even need atripod mount. Easy to carry on long trips. Great value,too! I got mine used for $120.If you currently have only a kit (18-55) lens and you wantto extend your capabilities with this lens, go for it. It'll most likely be worth it. This is the first lens Ibought after the 18-55. I have had this lens for about ayear and a half now, and I've grown out of it. It was mybest friend for about half a year, then it was just anotherlens, and now that I've learned so much and expanded mycapabilities, I feel like I've grown out of it. After all,at 300mm, it is only f/5.6, and its quality is somewhatsharp. It's reasonably sharp. Not like some of my other50mm's. But don't get me wrong, for $100-$140, it'scompletely worth it if you're just expanding your range.On the other hand, if you are only intending on using thislens for wildlife or just for the long reach, get a fixed300mm (or higher!). You will find that f/stops will getfaster and quality will get better. Even old Pentax 300/4screw mount lenses or old k-mount lenses (before autofocus)are likely going to bet better image quality than this. Butit is also likely that you'll pay more for a fixed 300mm.The verdict?If you're on a budget looking to expand your reach with anew telephoto lens and superior quality isn't a major factoryet, this lens is for you.

                            Expertise: Overly enthusiastic amateur

                            Problems Encountered: AF hunts a little bit sometimesLike previous reviews say, sometimes the exposure is wayoff. Setting exposure comp. up or down a little bit helps,but I find that, shooting outdoors, using Manual mode isbest and most accurate.

                            Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Pentax 300/4, Soligor 75-260/4.5-5.6

                            Items I Recommend: UV filter

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                            4.0

                            Great value

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                            I purchased this lens over a year ago and have taken thousands of pictures, it has proven to be a solid performer. There have been no issues and it is on my camera more than any other lens.It does everything well, for the price.The average hobbyist should find this lens to be adequate.

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                            3.0

                            Good lens but bright

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens for Pentax AF:

                            This lens seems to work well but most photos are overexposed with the Pentax K110D. Set the expose .5 to 1 stop darker. Focus is inconsistent but with multishot setting, 1 of 3 appears in focus. Not all features of the K110D work with the lens. When using anything other than auto or program mode, attempting to reach the F Stop is difficult due to the design of the Pentax lens cover. But, overall, not a bad lens. But, if you need all features of the camera stay with the 50 - 200 Pentax lens. I have both and will probably not use this lens very often.

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