skipper's reviews

  • Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro APO

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp, great for macros and nature, best bang for your buck
    Slips out of focus when pointed down, a bit slow in low light

    I have enjoyed using this lens for 3 years and can't imagine another that would give me a better bang for this price. I also use a Kenko 1.4 teleconverter and it works well for nature shots. Most of the problems others are reporting are due to poor technique and not the lens. I always use a good tripod unles I am using 100% flash. The additional telephoto feature allows you to use this lens as a macro for bees, insects, butterflies, flowers etc. It has a nice working distance which allows you to use the pop up flash on your camera for fill flash shots. No need for an expensive ring flash. I have also used this lens for candid flash photos indoors with excellent results. Used properly, this lens will not disappoint.

    reviewed February 22nd, 2008 (purchased for $300)