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10/12/2004 12:39:27 PM · #1
Sigma - Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Zoom Macro Super II Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS

I am thinking about buying this lens. I need a telephoto lens like this, the macro is just a plus for me.

I was just wondering if any of you had any experience with this lense.

Thanks in advance.
10/12/2004 12:57:11 PM · #2
I have that lens with the Nikon mount for my D70. I'm very happy with it.

I took this photo with it at 300mm
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10/12/2004 01:08:46 PM · #3
It is a good lense, I am quite happy with mine.

Sigma manufactures this lense for Ritz Camera under the brand name Quantaray, which is the version I have.

Below are a few examples of images I have taken with it, macro, no-macro and with a Polarizer filter on it...

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Message edited by author 2004-10-12 13:10:30.
10/12/2004 01:51:19 PM · #4
It´s great for the price you pay for it. I used to own one but sold it after getting the 70-200 2.8 IS but if I still needed a lighter zoom in this range for walking around I would have kept it.

However I am a quality freak and love big apertures and smooth bokeh so this lens just wasn´t good enough for me. Wide open it just isn´t good, soft is the key word here. At around F8-F11 it´s pretty good though. Also it focuses pretty slow, about the same as the 300D kit lens.
10/12/2004 02:43:43 PM · #5
okey thank you guys this helped alot. I think i'll buy one and wait until I advance more in photography and get more cash to buy a better one.

Thanks again, those shots you guys posted are great.
10/12/2004 02:45:31 PM · #6
I have the same lens for my Pentax Superprogram 35mm SLR. I've been extremely happy with the results. :)
10/12/2004 02:55:48 PM · #7
I`m very happy with mine, it`s good for the money.
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10/13/2004 10:30:36 AM · #8
i have this lense on my d70 as well and am pretty happy with it. it has some limitations, but it's really good for the money.

here's a shot i did with it this weekend:

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10/13/2004 10:46:42 AM · #9
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I shot my wildlife pic with my Sigma 70-300mm. It needs plenty of light to make a good, sharp picture, but I love it in macro mode, to give that soft background look.

The butterfly below was shot with this lens, also.

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10/13/2004 10:54:01 AM · #10
I got it very recently and I am very happy with it, it is quite sharp and the colors are pretty good.
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