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Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Sharpness 
 7.9
Aberrations 
 7.8
Bokeh 
 7.9
Autofocus 
 7.4
Handling 
 7.7
Value 
 9.3
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Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
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Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
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Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
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Description:
This 70-300mm zoom telephoto was made in numerous versions and generations by sigma - 4 versions listed in the legacy zooms section, two in the current zooms section (see here for the current non-"apo" version).

Sigma’s 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG APO Macro is a compact autofocus telephoto zoom lens with a zoom ration of 4 to 1. Its range is useful for portraiture, capturing children playing in the backyard, amateur sports and capturing animals at the zoo. In macro mode the lens offers 0.5x magnification.


Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 9 blades
Optics
14 elements, 10 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F32
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
95 cm
Max. Magnification
0.5x
Filter Size
58 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 23.1-5.4 ° / 19.4-4.5 °
Full frame: 34.3-8.2 ° / 28.7-6.8 °
Hood
Included
Case
Included
Lens Cap
Included
Coating
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
76.6x122 mm (3x4.8 in.)
Weight
550 g (19.2 oz.)
Production Years
(in production)
Pricing
$249 USD current price
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Mount Type: Pentax KAF2/KAF (screwdrive AF)
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Senior Member

Registered: June, 2010
Location: Alberta
Posts: 110

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 20, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light, Good zoom range, Macro/close focus, matte finish
Cons: Average build quality, soft wide open, Sunny day lens
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: Pentax K-7, K-5, & K-3   

This Sigma lens replaces a Tamron 28-300mm lens that met a tragic end. This was a budget purchase used for $100 CAD ($80 USD). This is a very useful lens with a nice reach (450mm equivalent) when attached to an APS-C body like the K-5/K-3. The 70-300mm is a light weight lens with a nice matte finish. The macro/close focus option is only available in the 200-300mm range and is activate by a switch on the lens body that can be temperamental at times (read "sticky / finicky").

Sharpness is better at the short end of the range 70-150mm. If there is enough light to keep the aperture in the f8 - f11 range, then images are relatively sharp (for the price of the lens). They do not compare to my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 but that lens is in a whole different category.

There is almost no lens creep on this lens - unlike the Tamron 28-300 which actually has a lens lock to prevent the guaranteed occurrence of lens creep if the lens is tilted below horizontal. The lens hood has sufficient depth to nicely shade the front glass and improve contrast and minimize flare.

With a nice light lens body, it makes for a great companion on an all day hike, or a day at the rodeo when you have the camera to your eye for most of the time.

Is it the "perfect" lens - No, but definitely great value for the money and when you keep in its "sweet spot" it will produce very acceptable images that you can be proud of.

Couple of samples:

https//flic.kr/p/29VYXiw

   
Site Supporter

Registered: December, 2010
Location: Phoenix Arizona
Posts: 368

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 6, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $55.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good range, compact, reasonably sharp, fast focus.
Cons: Sticky zoom ring

This lens is really good considering it's cost. It is acceptably sharp well past 200mm, and still quite good all the way to 300.

It is great for bright days outdoors where you can keep it around f8-11. I would not recommend it for an indoor hockey game. That requires glass that costs and weighs much more.

Focus with the K-1 is scary fast. The zoom ring on mine is sticky but that might just be mine.

For what I paid, it can't be beat.
   
Senior Member

Registered: February, 2017
Posts: 133

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 4, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $65.00 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open (compared to da 55-300), good CA resistance, Close focus ability
Cons: Noisy AF, lens hood, loss of contrast with backlight
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 6    Handling: 5    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: Pentax K-70   

I've owned two copies of this lens (slightly different versions), one recent, one older. My recent copy is significantly sharper.

For £50-£100 it is an amazing value lens. Better sharpness, bokeh and af performance than the two da 55-300 I previously owned.

Most photo samples cropped a bit:


Mandarin Duck by Tiago Cardoso, on Flickr

Mouse by Tiago Cardoso, on Flickr

Lagartixa-da-Madeira (Lacerta dugesii) by Tiago Cardoso, on Flickr
   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2007
Location: North West UK
Posts: 382

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 1, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality exceeds the price you pay, Useful Macro, Bargain!
Cons: Macro is only at 200-300 and switch is fiddly to flick
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

This was a fairly recent replacement to the non-APO version I had for many years. Mainly to do with a theft, and the nearest like for like in stock (thank you WEX)

I was not expecting much from it, as I used the older one mainly with my Film Cameras, due to the A ring and FF capable. My 55-300 was the better replacement for the K-5/K-3 etc etc.

But, of course I bought the K-1, and the earlier version came back into being due to the sensor. But then got nicked!

Now this APO version on the K-1. Well...................................

You would think that a cheap third party lens would struggle to cope with the demands with 36MP? In this instance it is the opposite, the lens more than copes with a high resolution K-1.
Contrast is good, as is colour rendition,sharpness and resolution. Maybe a tad soft wide open, but it is more than useable.

Downsides? It is a little noisy AF, but it is very fast to focus on the K-1, very snappy indeed.
The Macro is useful, but can be fiddly to switch it to that mode.
The lens rotates on focusing, meaning PL filters can be a pain.

But, overall, this is a bargain of a lens, especially for the K-1! Surprised? I am!
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2012
Posts: 2

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 5, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $95.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: heavy, built
Cons: a bit stcky feeling zooming in and out
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: kr, k3   

my work horse....
   
Forum Member

Registered: October, 2014
Posts: 98

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 27, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $170.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: really sharp at F8 great color rendition especially blues PRICE! sub 200 for great IQ
Cons: none really especially for the price
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3   

Proud K-3 owner: with that said
when i was a Nikon owner i had read in a tip somewhere about a great little lens that could do wonders and that was really really Inexpensive-sharp at F8 -macro abilities- good AF speed- and great colors at the beach-spot on tip so when i changed camera manufacturers back to Pentax (started on a k1000) i wondered if they made this lens in a K mount?
Yes Sigma did!-i then knew that it would be a nice inexpensive addition to my shabby kit
8mm f3.5
35mm f2.4
50mm f1.8
sigma 17-50 f2.8 (fav walk around lens)
sigma 150-500 for reach
a dedicated water housing for the K-3 and 3 ports
a couple of old manual zooms round out my bag also Gopro Hero 4 black (amazing device)
the Sigma 70-300 fits right in and does the job i need it to do-when the light is good and you can shoot F8 or better @1000sec this lens is a great lens for budding photographers on a budget

http://www.imaging-resource.com/lenses/sigma/70-300mm-f4-5.6-dg-macro-apo/review/
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 12

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 30, 2015 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: The IQ between 70mm and150 mm is accepteble
Cons: It should be called 70-200 not 70-300
Sharpness: 4    Aberrations: 3    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 4    Handling: 8    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K10D K3   

It is usable up to 200mm not more
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 1

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 3, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $185.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, wide range, macro capability, sigma optical quality
Cons: front rotating, too long when 300mm macro, hunts in low light
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: Used   

I've been using this lens over two years and never needed another zoom. As a zoom lens it is always giving me what I need especially outdoors and daylight conditions. Sigma apo dg is sharp enough between f/6.3 to f/13. Apo coating and low dispersion glass gives this lens a great bonus. It comes with lens hood and a bag which is good for keeping. Sigma quality never disappointed me and left me halfway. It is certainly not a pro lens but I am not a pro photographer, it gives me what I need from a zoom lens. You can always go for another zoom lens if you are ready to pay five to ten times more. Whatever, I like this lens and advice it for limited budgets, it gives over it's wealth. Bye
   
New Member

Registered: November, 2014
Posts: 15

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 1, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $216.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Brilliant Macro capability, No CA, Sharp enough under 200mm
Cons: Soft at 300mm/infinity, cheap build and feel
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 6    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K50   

Out of the box, this lens felt a bit dubious in my hands - slightly sticky focus and zoom with a bit of slop/play in the focus mechanism. I guess you get what you pay for and it didn't cost a lot. Lens hood's not exactly 'elegant' and a little fiddly to deal with. Nice zip up pouch. On the camera, the thing that really stands out for me is the macro ability. Absolutely sharp as with no color fringing on the edges of the subject in focus. Brilliant for critters at night where I can stay 4 feet away but still fill the viewfinder with a frog and the flash has enough reach to light it up. At infinity, 300mm seems a bit soft, but at closer range seems very sharp. Unfortunately, it does focus beyond infinity which I always find a little annoying. Very good from 70-200. Cheap build aside, this lens should be capable of some really nice shots and value for money is brilliant for the images it provides.
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 23

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 30, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $190.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: way better than expectation, sharpness, sold built
Cons: huge lens hood, noisy af
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: Used   

It's a very good low budget lens, it has apo coating and low dispersion glass. It gives more than you pay for it. Very usefull, gives 1/2 macro. A sharp lens also way sharper than 28-200 or 28-300 series lenses, i used both versions. 55-300 is very popular but this lens gives you macro as a bonus and goes head to head with 55-300 about sharpness. It has a great price advantage, i believe everyone should have one APO DG 70-300 in their bag, no doubt you will need it when walking around. I am not a proffesional photographer, I do not earn money from it, but i love shooting landscapes, butterflies and people so this lens is very handy for me with my favorite Sigma 17-70. I don't need another lens except these two. Thats all from me, hoping to be useful for everyone, cheers...
   
Veteran Member

Registered: June, 2013
Posts: 1,458

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 10, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $225.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: surprising sharpness
Cons: could be faster....somehat noisy, albeit accurate and fast auto focus
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: Used   

This lens has really surprised me...I have been using it for over a year now....and part of my surprise was based on the fact that the lens was not reviewed here very highly....I picked it up originally as an inexpensive long lens, and was fortunate to find one that had been taken care of with great care.....but as time went on with this lens I found it to be much sharper than the more highly rated sigma 17-70 and many supposedly superior lenses in my bag......it has really proven to be a very trusty lens, which I highly recommend.....
   
New Member

Registered: June, 2014
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 6, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: macro 1:2 at 300mm; macro 1:2.9 at 200mm
Cons: sharpness at 300mm
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 8    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-r (12 Mpx)   

My Pentax FA 100-300 f/4.7-5.8 is better at 300mm...
   
Veteran Member

Registered: November, 2011
Location: ON, RH
Posts: 2,170

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 17, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good price, light, good IQ, nice bokeh, decent macro lens
Cons: Lens creep when AF is off, long when extended with hood
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 7    Value: 9    New or Used: New   

A great lens for a beginner that wants to upgrade from the kit lens.
It has a very good reach, it does decent macro (1:2) and IQ is very good considering the price.

The only annoying things that I find about it is the lens creep when using in MF and that is quite long once you zoom in all the way and add the hood on.

At 300mm you can still get very good results if you keep the lens hood on and put the camera on tripod (disable SR).

Personally, I really like this lens and still have my copy.
I don't use it as much nowadays, but I still think is a great lens and yes, I would recommend it.
   
Senior Member

Registered: May, 2012
Location: Mission, B.C.
Posts: 157

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 20, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $190.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Decent macro, good working distance, decently sharp from f/8, decent IQ at lower focal lengths, decent manual focus,price
Cons: Soft at the long end, soft when not stopped down, loud and very forceful auto focus
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New   

This lens is overall decent. Decent sharpness (from about 70-250mm) Decent IQ (when stopped down), decent bokeh and autofocus (though the lens feels like it's knocking the camera around when it hunts, which it doesn't do as often as you would think). My favourite point about this camera is actually that it's quite nice to focus manually. That and the price. For what you pay, if you don't need pro quality IQ and are looking for longer focal lengths, this lens is a winner. The 1:2 macro is nice to have as well, it's enough for larger insects like dragonflies and butterflies, and the working distance is pretty good as well.

   
Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,358

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 10, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $239.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp up to 250mm, Light, No CA, Cheap
Cons: Not as sharp at 300mm
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New   

First real "New" lens as all my other tele lenses are legacy glass. I was pleasanly surprized with the images I've received from this lens, especially for the price.

There is NO ca in this lens and it has great sharpness up to around 250mm or so. The only real downside is that it isn't as sharp at 300mm. Also, it gets a little hard to zoom when the it is 0 degrees outside.

All in all this is a great value in todays usually high priced marketplace. I'd definitely recommend this to those who want the best bang for their buck.

Here are a few examples of shots taken with this lens








Elk 2 22 July 2011 by coloradocj, on Flickr
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