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10-07-2012, 05:30 AM   #1
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Sigma 70-300 DL Macro?

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I found someone that may be willing to sell me a sigma 70-300mm DL 4-5.6 Macro lens for 35 bucks. From what I can tell this is an older model and its in VGC overall, its just missing the rear cap but comes with the front cap and hood. Does anyone have any experience with this lens and if so does this sound like a good deal? If someone could elaborate the quality of the lens I would appreciate it. Also, how is the macro capability? Thanks

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Wrong section, should be in lense third party
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Here is the link to the Sigma legacy review section: Sigma Lenses for Pentax: Legacy Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database There are two entries that appear to match, not sure if they are the same one just listed twice or if it is two different lenses but that's the information the site has.

Be aware that despite the 'macro' in the name this is not a macro lens. Many consumer zooms include a close focusing mode and call this 'macro' because the maker believes, usually correctly, that people will think it is a macro lens and they will sell more of them. This lens has a 'close focusing' mode. Normally the minimal focusing distance is about 60 inches. Iin close focusing mode the minimal focusing distance changes to 37 inches. If that is useful to you then all is good. But do not confuse this with a true macro lens, not even in the same class.

Rio Rico's rule: If it costs the same or less than a dinner out just buy it. Assuming it works, I believe this falls into that category.

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My roommate had this lens (Or maybe a newer version?). I prefer the Tamron to it, but that having been said, for $35 you cannot go wrong with it.
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Buy it for $35. While not a true macro, it does close up work very well and is probably better at close up than as a telephoto. It's very good from 70-200 and gets a little soft on the long end unless it's stopped down to f/8-f/11. The macro range is on the long end of the zoom and is quite sharp and better IQ up close than at infinity.
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