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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG MACRO announced

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG MACRO announced - Telephoto zoom lens with new design and multi layer lens coating minimise flare & ghost and tele-macro function optimised for digital SLR cameras.

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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG MACRO announced
Sigma have launched the 70-300mm APO F4-5.6 DG Macro lens which is capable of macro photography with a 1:2 maximum magnification at the focal length of 300mm. The new multi layer lens coating reduces flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras and also creates an optimum colour balance.

Three pieces of SLD (special low dispersion) glass in the front lens group and another two in the rear group offer excellent correction of chromatic aberration.

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.

A convenient magnification scale showing focusing distances and reproduction ratios is engraved on the lens barrel. A versatile telezoom lens that is ideal for portraits, sports and nature photography, and all types of imaging needing both telephoto and close-up capabilities.

Focal Length: 70-300mm
Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Construction 14 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of View 34.3- 8.2
Number of Diaphragm Blade 9pcs
Minimum Focusing Distance 150cm (59.1)/ 95cm (37.4) at Macro position
Maximum Magnification 1:4.1 (1:2 at Macro position)
Filter Size 58mm
Lens Hood Bayonet Hood
Dimensions Diameter 76.6mm (3) x Length 122mm (4.8)
Weight 550gr/19.4oz
Fittings Sigma, Canon, Nikon-D, Pentax and Konica/Minolta.

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This is my first lens I have bought so far. I have managed to get real good shots with it. I love the macro option on this lens. This lens has a slight tendency to hunt for focus, but no more than any other at this price and range on the market. I have noticed that the focus is a bit soft past 250mm. The f stop makes it difficult to take images in really low lighting, for that you have to use a tripod to avoid that problem. It's very light and easy to use. Im quite happy with it so far. It works real good as a macro lens as well.

If you're interested, you can see some sample images taken with this lens at:


Lightweight, good price, Neat look, Great macro lens, excellent for fast moving objects, Great Zoom.


soft focus past 250mm, Difficult capturing images in low lighting,

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I have the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO macro super II and this is the newer same version with a little upgrade.


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