Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Product Description:

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro LensThe built-in motor allows autofocus with all Nikon digital ameras. These lenses incorporate a macro feature with aximum magnification 1:2 at the 300mm focal length. It is suitable for various types of shooting conditions. This telephoto lens has a 1:2 maximum magnification at the 300mm focal length. It is ideal for portraits, sport and other types of photography. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass provides excellent correction of chromatic aberration. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.

Lens Construction

  • 14 Elements in 10 Groups
  • Angle of View: 34.3 – 8.2 degrees
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 Blades
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 95-150cm / 37.4-59.1 in.
  • Maximum Magnification: 1:4.1 (1:2 Macro mode)
  • Filter Size: Diameter 58mm (Rear)
  • Filter Size: Bayonet-type Hood
  • Diameter: 76.6mm
  • Length: 119.5mm
  • Weight: 540g/19 oz.
Product Features :

  • 14 Elements in 10 Groups Lens Construction
  • 34.3 to 8.2 degrees angle of view
  • F22 Minimum Aperture
  • 59.1 (150cm) / 37.4 (95cm) Macro Mode Minimum Focusing Distance
  • 1 – 4.1 / 1 – 2 Macro Mode Maximum Magnification

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Review:

EXCELLENT LENS AND AN INCREDIBLE VALUE!

I hesitated purchasing this lens for my Nikon D40X–probably looked at this listing six or seven times before making the purchase. Truthfully I was worried about how inexpensive it is. Now, I’m probably a pretty average amateur photographer in that the majority of my pictures are family stuff: kids’ sporting events, vacations, birthdays, and the like. But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to compromise on quality just to save some money, and I know that the Nikon 55-200 is a quality lens.

But, I purchased based on Michael Del Priore’s review (his was the only review at the time)–I figured, at this price (especially when compared to the Nikon 55-200), why not give it a shot, and I’m glad I did.

This is an excellent lens. The auto focus motor is fast and doesn’t chew up the battery (I was concerned about that, but I shot almost 170 pictures at my son’s games two Saturdays ago and didn’t use any more battery than the Nikon 35-70 lens that came with the camera). Like “cinderoo” I haven’t had any stabilization issues to speak of either, even snapping away while following 12 year old boys run the length of a field. That may be more of an issue with macro photography, but I’d imagine most of the (admittedly limited) macro photography I’d do would probably be with a tripod anyway.

Now, no one would mistake me for a professional photographer, but I can tell you that when I pull up photos shot with my D40X and this Sigma lens on my 24″ iMac and view them full screen they are *everything* I was looking for when I decided to move to an SLR camera.

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