Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta

B&H # SI703004DGMA MFR # 508205
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Product Highlights

  • For Sony/Minolta Cameras
  • Zoom Telephoto
  • Maximum Magnification of 1:2
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Lightweight (19.4 oz)
  • Lens Hood Included
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

Sigma's 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta is one of several tele zoom lenses. It's designed for use with Sony and Minolta DSLR cameras. It is a compact Apochromatic autofocus tele 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 with superb optical quality. 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 whilst 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
UPC: 085126508340
In the Box
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta
  • 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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    Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 70 - 300mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 32
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
    Angle of View 34.3° - 8.2°
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' / 149.86 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.02 x 4.70" / 7.66 x 11.95 cm
    Weight 1.17 lb / 530 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 4.9 x 4.7"

    Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens for Sony and Minolta is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value for inexpensive zoom I've been using this lens for over a year, and feel it is well worth the money. For a very reasonable price you get a lens that has reasonable sharpness, and an effective macro. There are much cheaper lenses out there and much more expensive ones too. If you are looking for a good zoom lens at a reasonable price, you should put this on your list of top contenders. I use the lens mostly for Air Show photography. It has enough reach (especially with 1.5 crop factor on many DSLR cameras) to bring the planes in close, and since I'm outdoors, the 5.6 aperture isn't an issue. When the light gets dimmer, you will need to bump up the ISO and auto focus 'hunting' starts to become an issue, but at this price point thats a fact of life. This is a great all around lens for anyone looking for a reasonably priced lens with great reach for outdoor shooting.
    Date published: 2008-02-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for the money I bought this in the Sony mount. I have an 80-200 f2.8 zoom that's too heavy to carry around for general purpose photos. This lens is fairly light and very sharp up to the 200mm. It gets a little soft at tha 300mm mark. If you don't enlarge your pictures beyond 8 X 10 that shouldn't be an issue. So far I've used it for landscape, wildlife and because it has a decent macro mode, macro photos. I'm happy with the results. The only down sides so far are the af motor is noisy and the lens rotates for focusing.
    Date published: 2012-08-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Short life lens I was happy when I bought this lens, seemed perfect for the type of photography (nature) that I love to do. Great versatility, crisp images. BUT ... in less than a year the AF gear went on it. I found another person who experienced the same problem in even less time. Such a shame. I'm moving on to a better built lens. Learned my lesson.
    Date published: 2009-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality, Inexpensive APO Positive: This inexpensive zoom is solidly built, operates smoothly and has minimal chromatic aberration (purple fringing'). Very useful outdoors and for general telefoto purposes. On a Sony alpha camera with a C-size sensor gives the 35mm equivalent of 105-450 mm. I expected softness at the end of the zoom range but was pleasantly surprised (!). Allows me to find interesting faces in a crowd and capture fine details of remote objects (e.g. when filming architectural curiosities). Not too heavy and, when attached to a A700, balances well. I also own a Tamron 28-300 zoom and, as expected, this Sigma lens is sharper and operates smoother in the 200-300 mm range. The lens does not creep and requires just the right amount of force in changing the focal length (which is nice; I am annoyed by the lens creep on the otherwise excellent Sony Zeiss 16-80) Negative: maximum aperture at 300mm is 5.6 which is a bit dim for the autofocus. As a result autofocus is often slower and may hunt for up to 5 seconds (after which I usually angrily turn it off and focus manually). The hunt happens about once every 15-20 shots (I film as I go: oh, look there's a bird -- oh, look there is an interesting face -- oh, look at that roofline). Macro feature is not a true macro and is available only when the lens focal length is set between 200 and 300, macro images are rather dim and somewhat flat but usable. Not a walkaround lens (105 mm minimum focal length; be prepared to switch lenses a lot). The autofocus motor seems to consume a bit more electricity than the Minolta/Sony 75-300 lens, Sony 18-200 lens and Sony Zeiss 16-80 lens (=shorter battery life but not by much). In short: recommended
    Date published: 2008-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the money! I bought this particular lens for the macro setting. I use it primarily for flowers and wildlife. The clarity and 'cripness' it achieves is far beyond what I would have expected from such an inexpesive lens. I have used it with a 2x converter for long distance shots of wildlife. Unfortunately it doesn't auto focus with a converter attached. That it's only drawback. My hat is off to Sigma.
    Date published: 2013-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens at a great price I received this lens from B&H about a week ago. After the first week of use I am very impressed with the amazing performance of this lens. Great for photographing animals from a distance, and the macro feature is a plus. If you are looking for a powerful telephoto lens at a bargain price this is your best choice. My only complaint is the focus ring feels gritty. Like sand got into it. And the zoom ring sticks sometimes. Aside from that I am very satisfied.
    Date published: 2012-07-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good lens for price Well ,where should I start ! Image Quality : Great Price : XXXcellent build : poor very good lens for beginners like me but I'm having issues with auto focus (My camera is Sony alpha a77) ,when using this lens sometimes it's struggling to catch the spot. for me it's not a big deal because sony have the focus peaking that makes manual focus easier.
    Date published: 2012-08-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheap and useful I'm spanish so I'll try to do it correctly. I bought it in NY this summer and I'm using it all the time. I hadn't enough money to buy a 18-700 one so I chose it. If it's a cloudy day or night you can have problems when you're working about 200 or 300 mm. To sum up, it's a cheap and useful option if you're beginer.
    Date published: 2012-08-26
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    Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Sony Alpha A68
    • Sony Alpha A77 II
    • Sony Alpha A99 II
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