terpa's reviews

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

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Price, capabilities, macro
    Build quality, lens cap, noise

    I decided to pick that lens over Nikon 70-300ED due to lesser price and macro feature for my D50.

    Generally nice, sharp lens when used outdoors. Indoors average, with some focusing problems when in poor light conditions.
    Macro feature is a nice add-on for that lens but macro switch is difficult to use, cheap plastic. Same as lens cap, very difficult to handle comparing to superior Nikon cap.
    Lens hood is same cheap plastic and difficult to handle.
    In the manual is a note when using A or M modes the lens' aperture ring should be used. But when I tried to use it D50 reported an error.

    Besides lens cap, hood and macro switch that lens is quite capable, especially at that price point.

    reviewed April 20th, 2006 (purchased for $250)