Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO Macro Super II

Review of Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II telephoto zoom lens. Review created 2006, latest update 2013. photos: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II

  • cheap but decent quality tele zoom for amateurs
  • estimated retail price 250 EUR
  • in my use from 12/2004 to 2/2008
  • works best at the wide end and stopped down
  • reasonably sharp, good contrast and nice colors at the wide end (approx. 70 - 120 mm)
  • nice build quality compared to the price
  • is said to pefrorm better than most telezooms in this price class
  • due to a special macro mode (1:2 reproduction ratio) offers nice possibilities to try out macro photography
  • to be sharp needs to be stopped down (at its best at f/8 and f/11) especially at tele end
  • at tele end contrast weakens, colors turn to gray and sharpness suffers
  • AF motor or the focusing mechanism little by little became very noisy