APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO

High performance telephoto zoom lens ideal for digital SLR's and equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality

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.

It is equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality

This lens has two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group, the lens has excellent correction of chromatic aberration through the entire zoom range.

Macro shooting with maximum magnification 1:2

High optical performance is demonstrated throughout the entire zoom range. It also has a switch that converts the lens to macro photography at focal lengths between 200mm and 300mm with a minimum focusing distance of 95cm (37.4 inches). In normal mode the minimum focusing distance is 150cm (59.1 inches) at all zoom settings. Maximum magnification between 200mm and 300mm is 1:2.9 to 1:2.

High performance telephoto zoom lens ideal for digital SLR's and equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality

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 550g / 19.4oz

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

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-508401
Canon 00-85126-508272
Nikon 00-85126-508555
Sony 00-85126-508340
Pentax 00-85126-508456

High performance telephoto zoom lens ideal for digital SLR's and equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality

MTF chart

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300mm

Distortion

70mm

300mm

Vignetting

70mm

300mm

High performance telephoto zoom lens ideal for digital SLR's and equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality

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.’

‘Prior to the DG upgrade, this lens already had an enormous reputation for its picture quality compared to its price. The upgrade has only enhanced this. The usefulness of the lens is greatly added to with its ability to focus down to less than a metre and anyone wishing to photograph large insects such as butterflies or dragonflies will find it one of the most useful lenses for this discipline, being light enough to carry on a neck strap all day with the focal length allowing the luxury of not needing to get too close.’

‘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.’

‘Despite not featuring Sigma’s HSM autofocus system, focusing is impressively quick, reasonably quiet and extremely accurate, and the lens easily managed to track racing motorcycles while panning in our tests. Sharpness and contrast were also consistently excellent. While the Sigma also enables extra telephoto reach as well as a macro mode for close-up work. Great value if you can survive without IS.’

High performance telephoto zoom lens ideal for digital SLR's and equipped with three pieces of SLD glass for high image quality

Accessories

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

Part No. 501001

£16.99