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Sigma 70-300

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by atrawick, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    I have a sigma 70-300D apo dg macro. is this a decent lens? i can hardly get a decent shot from it. the autofocus is SLOW!
  2. It is a slow lens, but it can produce good shots. It was my first tele-zoom a few years ago. Right now it's gathering dust as I've acquired some faster glass. Here's one of the better shots I took with the lens (it was on a tripod with the timer set on my D70s to minimize blur):
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  3. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    i am having a hard time getting a good pic from it at 300mm. i have tried f4 to f32 and there are dull and soft.
  4. Are you using a sturdy tripod? Is your shutter speed fast enough to hand hold? To get good hand held shots at the 300mm end, you will need good lighting or pump up the ISO to get a minimum 1/450sec. shutter speed. I had an old version of this lens before I got my Nikon 70-300VR and under the right conditions it was a very good lens. After trying the Nikon 70-300VR, I had to have it because you can get sharp non-blurred images at 1/30-1/60 sec. It is virtually impossible to get that hand held out of the Sigma.
  5. Chris G

    Chris G

    Sep 12, 2007
    Ohio, USA
    here are two I show when folks ask about this lens, one as a regular telephoto (220mm), one as a macro:

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    And here is one (representative of what I get) at 300mm from 3 years ago -

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    So I think you can get reasonably useful pics from this lens.
  6. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    here is a shot from today.
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    shot at iso200 F5.6 @ 1/250

    The lens does good on macro. I would love it to get sharp shots like that with this lens!
  7. You can't really expect sharp shots with this lens at 300 and f5.6. The sweet range is more like 200-250mm with f8-11, which is pretty much during daytime hours. For the price it is a good lens, but, as I've learned, you do get what you pay for. Fast lenses cost a lot for a reason - they produce results.
  8. stamp22


    Mar 15, 2008
    Los Angeles
    All of the slow (cheap) lens are design to use out door and lot lot lot of light.
    I get good result on my Sigma 70-300 by follow that rule.
  9. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    i will try that. thanks for the replys!
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