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Sigma70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 59 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (31)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
  • Consistent output (27)
  • Easily interchangeable (24)
  • Durable (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (31)
  • Landscape/scenery (29)
  • Sports/action (22)
  • Low light (8)
  • Weddings (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

70-300mm f4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon

I bought this lens as a cheap temporary replacement for my Nikon 80-400mm. I used it for wildlife photography and shooting pet portraits. I was surprise at the quality of the images....Read complete review

I bought this lens as a cheap temporary replacement for my Nikon 80-400mm. I used it for wildlife photography and shooting pet portraits. I was surprise at the quality of the images. They were surprisingly sharp and without chromatic aberration. The lens focuses quickly and doesn't "search". It was great for small birds at my feeder. The only down side is the motor is noisy. In general I'm very impressed by then lens. It also impressed my boyfriend who is a professional photographer. We tested it for pet photography and the quality of the pictures was unexpected. I would recommend it for a casual photographer who would like a general purpose lens, a parent wanting shoot their kinds sporting event or take it on vacation, travelers and students (like me) and semi-professonials. Its a good value. You can't beat the price for what you get. Also, when traveling you don't have to worry about it loosing $$$$ if something happens to it it can easily be replaced.

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OK, but watch out for . . .

There was a problem with the auto-exposure interface when used on a Nikon d5100. When used in aperture priority mode, the image was overexposed. Correct exposure was achieved in shutter priority or if...Read complete review

There was a problem with the auto-exposure interface when used on a Nikon d5100. When used in aperture priority mode, the image was overexposed. Correct exposure was achieved in shutter priority or if LivedView is used. Since I live 10 minutes from an authorized Sigma (and Nikon) service center, I had them look at it. They adjusted both to factory specs which reduced but did not eliminate the problem. It is likely a firmware issue that cannot be corrected. I discussed this with another owner who said he had the same experience but when used on a D3300.

In addition, the service center said AF was slower and more noisy than it should be and replaced some parts. The AF is now much better but it is still only marginally usable in aperture mode.

Since this is only for occasional use (I use wide angle and "normal" 85%) of the time, I guess this will be acceptable considering the price. In the case of focal lengths I expect to get more use from this experience convinces me tom stick with Nikon.

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4.0

Great lens!

By Dzgflaco

from Kernersville

Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

At the price, is excellent. Not as sharp as the Nikon vr model but pretty close. Focuses a bit slow but if your subject isn't moving you won't have a problem. I only use it outside on bright days.

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5.0

quick service

By Derek

from nj

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

    Great product

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Price is not the measure of a lens

    By Tom

    from Danville, AR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

    I bought the Sigma 70-300 DG OS mostly to photograph the moon. For this it has proven excellent. I had previously borrowed a Nikon 70-300 VR and thought it was pretty good but the Sigma lens is better for less than half the price. The lens is not very loud and the OS works at least as good as the Nikon lenses I have.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome lens at unbeatable price

    By dkief

    from Central Illinois

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

      This lens works perfectly with my Nikon D7000.
      I have used it in Auto, P, A, S and M modes without a glitch. The price I paid was less than half of the competitors. The shipping was extremely fast. HIGHLY recommend this lens and purchase it through B & H.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Lens, Great Shots

      By Wyttigr

      from Nags Head, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

      I use my new lens at The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge to take pictures of the wonders of nature. I love the fact that I can zoom in on everything! I also like the fact that it's not too heavy to use without a tripod. I have noticed that it is sometimes slow to react while using the auto zoom. However, I've been able to capture images that I have not been able to get with my other lenses.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      As expected...great!

      By aad313

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

        Fits snugly on my Nikon D3200 and works like a charm. Much cheaper on B&H Photo than other sites. Good buy.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Zoom

        By Ramsis

        from Cairo, Egypt

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

        This lens has a beautiful zoom but requires very stable hands at maximum zoom.
        It is perfect in wildlife photography.

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        • No

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        3.0

        OK, but watch out for . . .

        By MW

        from Phoenix

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

        There was a problem with the auto-exposure interface when used on a Nikon d5100. When used in aperture priority mode, the image was overexposed. Correct exposure was achieved in shutter priority or if LivedView is used. Since I live 10 minutes from an authorized Sigma (and Nikon) service center, I had them look at it. They adjusted both to factory specs which reduced but did not eliminate the problem. It is likely a firmware issue that cannot be corrected. I discussed this with another owner who said he had the same experience but when used on a D3300.

        In addition, the service center said AF was slower and more noisy than it should be and replaced some parts. The AF is now much better but it is still only marginally usable in aperture mode.

        Since this is only for occasional use (I use wide angle and "normal" 85%) of the time, I guess this will be acceptable considering the price. In the case of focal lengths I expect to get more use from this experience convinces me tom stick with Nikon.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Utility Telephoto

        By Toni

        from Toronto, ON Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

        Decided to purchase these lens as a all-around telephoto expecting average results, was pleasantly surprised with the outcomes - very competitive for the price range and definitely a telephoto any enthusiast would value before going pro and spending 10x or more on similar focal length in ultra-sharp glass. The build is solid, performance decent, auto-focus relatively accurate and, most importantly, results are very sharp.

        Using the lens primarily for train photography, particularly panning close-up and tighter landscape frames.

        If you are building amateur/learner/enthusiast kit - definitely worth the try. Gave it a shot, given B&H's sale price, and was a worth risk before going all out for 70-200mm, f/2.8 options at a much higher cost. Now have cash for filters, cards and possibly another camera body.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent lens at affordable price

        By Selia

        from Ocala, FL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Crowdslandscapes

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

        I needed a telephoto zoom lens with greater capacity than the one I have. I am an artist working from photos and like to get pictures of people out at fairs or in malls, etc. The farther away I can stand with my camera, the less noticeable I am. This lens allows me to take the shots I want without making the people I'm photographing paranoid (as in, who is she? why is she taking my picture?) As always, a lens of this type makes the camera a bit heavier, but that's the only down side and not a big deal.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Note for Nikon D5300 Owners

        By Eric

        from South Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

        Be sure to contact B&H when ordering to make sure you're shipped a lens with the newest firmware from Sigma. Those lenses with the newest firmware have a sticker on the box saying it's "D5300 Compatible." The one I was sent was not the newest factory version with the new firmware so I've had to ship the lens off to Sigma for a firmware upgrade. Without the newest firmware the autofocus and OS will not work properly with the D5300.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Odie

        from Bensalem, Pa.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

          This lens is well built. Works great on just about any shot you take. It's a little heavy, but you would expect that. You can take hand held shots that turn out clear and in focus. The OS is great to have for that purpose. I have no complaints at all with this lens.

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          • No

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          4.0

          70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS Lens by Sigma

          By Dr. Moto

          from Hilton Head, SC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits

            Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

            Better than advertised as a second zoom lens for portraits or nature. great value for the money spent with a reasonable warranty. I never rate 5 as all lens could be better.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Odie

            from Bensalem, Pa.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

              This is a great lens for wildlife. I have taken red-bellied woodpeckers, deer and it works great for anything you want to shoot. I haven't used my tripod yet. The OS is great to have, it's like the VR on a Nikon lens. It's a little heavy but you would expect that. It's just a cool lens.

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              5.0

              Very happy with early returns

              By vegasjon

              from New Orleans, LA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

                I am by no means an expert -- just a semi-serious shutterbug -- so this is simply an amateur's assessment. I know the lower-end telephoto zooms have limitations, but as far as bang for the buck, this was perfect. After a few days using this lens, I'm very happy with the choice. It feels good and gets along quite well with my Nikon D5300. Autofocus works well and the optical stablization is going to be a big help. Kudos to B&H for their packaging, as it clearly went through a few bumps on the way to my doorstep (yet the lens was unscathed).

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                • No

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                5.0

                Better than expected

                By arjaycee

                from Medford, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

                  This is a "low end" lens, that positively has all the features I was looking for. I am especially pleased that all my camera's (Nikon d3000) automation is translated to the lens and the stabalization feature was well worth the extra money.
                  I am also thrilled that B&H is still out there and has an up-to-date, and very well organized web presence. I bought from them years ago (pre-digital cameras) and am pleased to say they are every bit as reliable
                  Finally, I contacted the support group via telephone to help me make a choice and they are as pleasant and well-informed as ever

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Lens, Excellent Price

                  By Harold the Referree

                  from Long Island , New York

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

                    This lens gives excellent resolution. Easy to put on my camera and excellent value for the price.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Lenses to Build On

                    By Philly Bill

                    from Philly

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

                      I haven't used this lenses enough to give you a definitive, great lenses or junk lense....but what I can tell you is that it is a very well constructed.

                      The look and feel of this lenses is very impressive.
                      The focus is very snappy and I'm very happy with the photos I've taken at 70mm or 300mm.

                      The vibration reduction is a must have with a lenses like this and it doesn't disappoint. It is a huge difference when you turn on and off the vr.

                      Best of all .. if you're new to this expensive hobby like myself, this lense won't break the bank.

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                      4.0

                      Great Sale Price, But Lacks Quality.

                      By Brandon

                      from Mount Pleasant, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Slow Focus
                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

                      I have mixed feelings about this lens. I received a great price because Sigma was running a promotion in January. I wouldn't pay more then full price or over $ for this lens. I have to admit, when your in the 70-135-150mm range the lens is pretty flawless. The quality is nice. However, it seems too soft for my taste. Also, I had issues focusing on subjects at 300mm. The other issue that ticked me off was chromatic aberration around 200-300mm range. Overall...I'm a little disappointed in this Sigma lens, but I will continue to use it because the range is nice to have.

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                      4.0

                      70-300mm f4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon

                      By Kate

                      from Westport, CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Searches In Low Light
                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Lens for Nikon Digital Cameras:

                      I bought this lens as a cheap temporary replacement for my Nikon 80-400mm. I used it for wildlife photography and shooting pet portraits. I was surprise at the quality of the images. They were surprisingly sharp and without chromatic aberration. The lens focuses quickly and doesn't "search". It was great for small birds at my feeder. The only down side is the motor is noisy. In general I'm very impressed by then lens. It also impressed my boyfriend who is a professional photographer. We tested it for pet photography and the quality of the pictures was unexpected. I would recommend it for a casual photographer who would like a general purpose lens, a parent wanting shoot their kinds sporting event or take it on vacation, travelers and students (like me) and semi-professonials. Its a good value. You can't beat the price for what you get. Also, when traveling you don't have to worry about it loosing $$$$ if something happens to it it can easily be replaced.

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