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08-05-2015, 04:49 PM   #1
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Sigma 70-300 Zoom

Curious on everyones thoughts on this lense? I'm seeing a bunch for sale at very reasonable prices. Is it too good to be true? several on Ebay for around $100 bucks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kentster Quote
for around $100 bucks.
There you go.
08-05-2015, 05:59 PM   #3
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There's at least two versions of that lens, maybe three. Check the current and legacy zoom lens listing in the user reviews. Basic summary is the "APO" version is the sharpest, although not as good as a Pentax 55-300.
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Shot with a Sigma 70-300mm Macro:

Not bad for a less than $100 lens.

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I picked up a used DA L 55-300 for $110 two months back. It's rare that they go so low but they are worth that easily. I've had good images with Sigma basic telephoto lenses, so if you cannot wait or afford more it will serve all right.
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I have one for sale here; it's a good starter-lense and a very handy zoom as a walk around lense.. I just wanted more.. of everything...

I still haven't replaced that length in my kit yet, but I will....
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I have the Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 DG version and I think it is terrific value. Especially considering the price. It is lightweight. It can be quite slow to focus and at times can hunt around a bit. When $$$ come around I intend to trade up to 50-500mm or similar, but until then I have no hesitation in putting this one on my camera.
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The bird above was shot with the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6. It has the macro setting that can be used either at 300mm or 200mm. There are no other markings on the lens. But I've used two other Sigma 70-300mm zooms, and found them all to be good value lenses.

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Sigma 70-300

Agree with all the above! It's a really decent long zoom lens. There are sharper ones and faster ones - but not for a hundred bucks! Go for it.
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At $100 you won't match it. From 70-160mm it's a great lens, from then on it's acceptable for close ups and macros, a little weak from 200-300 at a distance.

Slideshow of all my Sigma to 70-300 images (47 images)
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You have to be a little careful that you're getting the later one with the more modern coatings. I had a non-APO cheapo version in Canon fit from around 1996 ... Heavy, only average IQ and erratic focusing. The later ones mentioned above are the ones to go for.

I've got the Tamron AF70-300 Di LD, a similar bargain, even new. Another great value option.

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