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07-08-2007, 10:41 PM   #1
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Sigma 70-300

I am considering a Sigma APO DG 70-300 and have been for a while. I have a Sigma 17-70 and Pentax DA50-200 (both very satisfactory) but I am considering the 70-300 mainly for its Macro capability.
Would anybody recomend this for a low budget lens or do you think I should opt for a Tamron.
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Any thoughts would be appreciated.

07-08-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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It's a decent consumer lens for the price, I mainly use mine for sports photography because the 70-200 f2.8 was unavailable. As far as the macro feature goes, I haven't found it very useful personally as the focussing distance is a fair distance (one foot or more I believe, someone might be able to verify or give the exact figure).

I'd probably say save the money and get the Tamron 90mm macro (I paid $290 CDN for my Sigma 70-300 APO DG, the Tamron 90mm in Canada is about $500-ish). How close do you intend on shooting the macro subjects?

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i used a Sigma 70-300 to shoot these when i worked at a newspaper, i was using a D70, and i think it was the same lens as the one you are looking at just a different mount. also i do not shoot a lot of micro so take this with a gram of salt but i was using the micro setting on the lens lol

other photos i took with it

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Thanks for your comments and advice guys.
Actually I was wanting the macro for a little further distant ( up to 12-18").
I like really close insect work and the sigma 17-70 is great for that.
Reading your replies and what have gleaned from elsewhere I think I'll lean to the Tamron.
Some nice shots there Nathan.Particularly like the rose, well focussed.
Thanks again.

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I've been satisfied with the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. Here's one of my "macro" shots taken with it.

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07-09-2007, 06:13 AM   #6
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I am also happy with mine.
The only drawback is its looks! With the plastic hood on, it seems like a heavy weapon!
Still, the price/performance ratio "for me" is quite fine...

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