70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO

High performance telephoto lens for digital SLR's, uses Special Low Dispersion glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration

Telephoto zoom lenses with tele-macro function, optimized for digital cameras. The high performance telephoto zoom lens is ideal for digital SLR cameras. This lens has two SLD glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group It is able to shoot with maximum magnification 1:2 at the focal length of 300 mm. It’s the ideal lens for portraits, sports photography, nature photography, and other types of photography that frequently use the telephoto range

New coating reduces Ghost and Flare

The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range.

SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass

We used SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration. This also corrects for fluctuation of aberration due to focusing. High optical performance is demonstrated throughout the entire zoom range.

Macro shooting with maximum magnification 1:2

It is capable of macro photography with a 1:2 maximum close-up magnification at the 300mm focal length. The minimum focusing distance is 1.5 m/59 inches at all zoom settings. It also has a switch for changeover to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm with a maximum close-up magnification from 1:2.9 to 1:2 and a minimum focusing distance of 95cm (37.4 inches).

Without changing the distance between camera and subject, you can change the shooting magnification.

High performance telephoto lens for digital SLR's, uses Special Low Dispersion glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration

Lens construction

Specifications

Others

70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO

Lens Construction 14 elements in 10 groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 34.3degrees – 8.2degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 150cm(Macro mode 95in.) / 59.1cm(Macro mode 37.4in.)
Maximum Magnification 1:4.1 (Macro mode 1:2)
Filter Size Diameter 58mm
Dimensions Diameter 76.6mm x Length 122mm / 3.0in. x 4.8in
Weight 545g / 19.2oz

The appearance and specifications are subject to change without a notice.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-509408
Canon 00-85126-509279
Nikon 00-85126-509552
Sony 00-85126-509347
Pentax 00-85126-509453

High performance telephoto lens for digital SLR's, uses Special Low Dispersion glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration

MTF chart

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High performance telephoto lens for digital SLR's, uses Special Low Dispersion glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration

In the news

‘ …it offers a substantial zoom grip and focus ring, complete with distance measurements, a depth-of-field guide and a magnification ratio guide on the barrel. A switch on the side allows a macro setting of up to 1:2 at 300mm.’

‘One of the features of this lens is the ‘Macro’ mode, which allows photography to a ratio of 1:2. Not true Macro, but a useful feature just the same.’ ‘For someone who is on a tight budget, this lens, having been upgraded to DG (digitally optimised) status, seems to have closed the gap slightly on its more expensive sister.’

‘Our test chart shot reveals consistently sharp results all around the edges of the frame, highlighting this as a solid performer. The 1:2 macro mode works well too – proving this lens is a worthwhile and versatile addition to your kit bag.’ ‘…with a better build quality and great results it proves itself to be a formidable lens and therefore earns our Best Buy award.’

‘The zoom and manual focus rings are a decent size and have a very smooth action. Build quality is very good. Autofocus is responsive in all lighting conditions. The Sigma incorporates two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements in its optical construction and the result of this is that resolution is higher than average.’

‘A decent sized zoom ring is provided, plus there’s also a ‘macro’ function. This does not offer true macro, but does allow an extra close focus option between 200-300mm and will give a reproduction ratio of 1:2 at its maximum.’ ‘The lens makes a good choice for insect chasers being light and focusing down to less than a metre.’

‘The optic has a nice feel, thanks to the matt-velvet paint that Sigma uses to coat its lens barrels with. The lens chart shows good performance at the 70mm end, with excellent control over fringing, particularly in corners where this lens is the clear leader. At 300mm, the central control is as good as that of the Nikon and Olympus models.’

‘Handling is sound, thanks to the well-sized zoom and focusing rings, plus there’s the added benefit of a 1:2 macro capability, accessed via a switch on the barrel of the lens between the 200mm and 300mm settings. Couple this with the 95cm close focus distance and you should be able to get some frame-filling macro images.’ ‘A consistent performer that has the added benefit of an impressive close-focusing capability.’

‘The lens offers a Macro mode, which can be activated by a switch when used in the 200 – 300mm zoom range. This allows the lens to extend to its fullest extent for 1:2 macro shooting’ ‘One of the cheaper telephoto zooms on the market, the sigma is something of a bargain’

‘If you’re looking for a low-cost telephoto zoom to supplement your kit lens, you can hardly do better than this. The Sigma delivers handling and image quality beyond what you’d expect at this price.’

‘The low cost isn’t reflected in the build quality either. Sigma’s familiar matte black finish means that this lens feels as tough and smart as Sigma’s more expensive optics.’ ‘The Sigma’s handling, build and performance are higher than would be expected in a lens at this price, and as a result, it’s hard to find anything to say against it.’

‘The Sigma 70-300mm DG is the second cheapest lens in the group but still boasts a couple of nice design features. For example, you get a macro facility, which, in common with the other Sigma 70-300mm lens on test, comes complete with a switch on the barrel, so you can lock out the short end of the focusing range for general use, making for faster, more efficient autofocus in tricky conditions.’

‘The Sigma 70-300mm DG is the second cheapest lens in the group but still boasts a couple of nice design features. For example, you get a macro facility, which, in common with the other Sigma 70-300mm lens on test, comes complete with a switch on the barrel, so you can lock out the short end of the focusing range for general use, making for faster, more efficient autofocus in tricky conditions.’

High performance telephoto lens for digital SLR's, uses Special Low Dispersion glass in this lens for excellent correction of chromatic aberration

Accessories

Padded Case for 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO Macro DG

Part No. CS0081

£19.99

Sigma USB Dock

SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. It is designed for use with the New Contemporary, Art and Sports product lines. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses. Compatible …

Part No.

£39.99

Lens Hood for 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO MACRO DG

Part No. 501001

£16.99