Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF Review

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Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

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In short

The Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF is a renamed Sigma 70-300mm Macro Class Lens. Just in some countries, Sigma 70-300mm Macro lenses could be sold under the Quantaray brand.

I do not have reliable data about which version of the Sigma 70-300mm Macro is the Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF. I assume that this Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF is a copy of the very first Sigma APO Macro (14/11 optical circuit with 2 SLD elements).

The Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF from this review is optically very weak, especially in the 200-300 range, primarily due to poor resolution and strong aberrations.

Typical features of the Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF, which can be used to determine which Sigma lens is based on it:

  • small switch 'NORMAL || MACRO at 300 '
  • macro mode only works at 300 mm focal length
  • prefix LDO in the name
  • yellow border on the focus ring
  • thick focus ring (diameter as the zoom ring)
  • marker 'N' near the value of 1.5 meters
  • scale with magnification only for values ​​1: 3.5, 1: 3, 1: 2.5, 1: 2
Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

History

There are a huge variety of various modifications, versions and subversions of Sigma class 70 (75) -300 mm lenses (approximately 13 versions).

The reasons for this wide variety are:

  1. Continuous lens improvement. For example, older versions designed for film cameras have been updated for better compatibility with digital cameras. Marking versions optimized for digital cameras includes the prefix 'DG'(latest versions from this line - DG, Apo dg, OS DG) First of all, the updates concerned enlightenment.
  2. Improvement of lenses by increasing the number of low dispersion elements Sigma SLD (Special Low Dispersion). Sigma lenses with 14/11 and 14/10 optical designs may have different numbers of SLD elements. An increased number of SLDs can be recognized using the prefix APO (apochromat) and red decorative ring. The APO 14/11 version has 1 SLD element more than the NON-APO version. The APO 14/10 versions have 2 SLD elements more than the same NON-APO versions.
  3. Non-observance of unitary marking for lenses with different mounts. So, for example, for Nikon cameras, some 70-300 Sigma lenses in their name written on the housing may include the additional letter 'D'(indicates the possibility of transmitting the focusing distance to the camera). Also, the same version / subversion for cameras of different systems may have a different outline of their name on the body (for example, different parts of the name can be written in golden letters). Over time, the same version / subversion could change the location and method of applying name markers on your case.
  4. Most likely the versions of Macro Super, Macro Super II, unlike earlier models, have the ability to macro in the range of 200-300 mm. Earlier models had this mode only at 300 mm focal length.
  5. Improvement of lenses with body design changes. There are so-called 'second' lens versions, for example DL Macro Super -> DL Macro Super II, APO Macro Super -> APO Macro Super II. Identification is complicated by the fact that there is no indication of 'II' on the case; the marking of 'II' is found only on the box and / or instruction. You can distinguish such subversions the width of the focus ring, newer versions have a focus ring that is smaller in diameter than a zoom ring. There are also versions with a velvet-coated housing.
  6. In 2008, the DG and DG APO for Nikon cameras are updated to sub-versions with a built-in focus motor. New versions with a built-in focus motor do not have an aperture control ring, and number of microprocessor contacts increased to 10. All previous Sigma / Quantaray lenses for Nikon cameras came with no built-in focus motor.
  7. These lenses were also branded Quantaray. Finding out which version of the Sigma 70 (75) -300 is hiding under the name 'Quantaray' can be more difficult than with the original Sigma lenses.

In the general case, four main classes can be distinguished (depending on the optical design):

  1. Optical design 14/11, used in the first versions. APO subversion used 2 SLD elements. Conventional subversions used 1 SLD element. It is easy to distinguish by the very 'chubby' switch 'NORMAL MACRO 300' (only 300).
  2. Optical design 14/10, used in a huge variety of subversions. APO subversion used 3 SLD elements. Conventional subversions used 1 SLD element. Easy to distinguish by the small / conventional 'NORMAL MACRO (200-300)' switch (in the range of 200-300). Curious that the lens Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 ED Replicates the Sigma 14/10 optical circuit with 3 SLD elements.
  3. Optical design 16/11, used only in the latest version with image stabilizer.
  4. Lenses with a 14/11 optical design are easily recognizable by the focal length range of 75-300 mm.

List of major versions:

  1. APO Macro 14/11 (2 SLD)
  2. DL 14/11 (1 SLD)
  3. DL Macro 14/11 (1 SLD)
  4. DL Macro Super 14/10 (1 SLD)
  5. APO Macro Super 14/10 (3 SLD)
  6. DL Macro Super II 14/10 (1 SLD)
  7. APO Macro Super II 14/10 (3 SLD)
  8. DG Macro 14/10 (1 SLD) (for Nikon, there are 2 options depending on the focus motor and aperture ring)
  9. DG APO Macro 14/10 (3 SLD) (for Nikon, there are 2 options depending on the focus motor and aperture ring)
  10. DG OS 16/11 (1 SLD)
  11. 14/11 with a focal length of 75-300

The information I provided may not be accurate or incomplete, please, experienced users, please indicate inaccuracies in the comments.

All my reviews of such lenses (marking according to the inscriptions on the case):

  1. Sigma 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 (for Canon, Macro 200-300)
  2. Sigma 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D DL Macro (for Nikon, Macro at 300)
  3. Sigma 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D DL MACRO SUPER (for Nikon, Macro 200-300)
  4. Sigma 70-300mm D 1: 4-5.6 Apo dg (for Nikon, Macro 200-300)
  5. Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 DG OS (for Canon)
  6. Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO (for Nikon, Macro at 300)
  7. Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO (for Nikon, Macro 200-300)
  1. Sigma Zoom AF-APO 1:4.5-5.6 f =+75mm multi-coated Macro (for Nikon)
  2. Quantaray TECH-10 NF AF MULTI-COATED 1: 4-5.6 f =+75mm (for Nikon)

A catalog of modern Sigma telephoto lenses is available see here.

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Sample Photos

Pictures from Nikon D90. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Nikon ViewNX-i utility without making additional adjustments.

'JPEG' source photos from the camera Nikon D90 can скачать здесь. I took a photo of sunset Anna Ishtar nTr.

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF differs from Sigma 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 DL Macro Super only in the inscriptions on its case, the pattern of the corrugation of the zoom ring and the original covers.

All Original Similar Nikon FX Telephoto Lenses

Below is a list of all Nikon Nikkor telephoto lenses without high aperture and with auto focus support:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4, 1986-1987
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6, 1987-1993
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6, 1989-1998
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1991-1999
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6D, 1993-2000
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED, 1997-2005
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-240mm 1:4.5-5.6D, +1999
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D ED, 1998-2006
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G, from 2000 to 2014, black or silver
  10. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from 2006 to 2017
  11. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF N Nano Crystal Coat, from 2012 to the present day
  12. Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6E VR ED, from 2017 to the present day

The names of the lenses are indicated according to their spelling on the case.


Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF


On sale Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF can not be found new. It is preferable to look at a newer model for use. Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6, prices for which you can see hereor in the price block located below:
All prices on Sigma 70-300
The catalog of modern Sigma telephoto lenses can be viewed here.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF

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Comments: 20, on the topic: Quantaray 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 D LDO MACRO for Nikon AF review

  • scif

    Arkady, you robbed a warehouse with these same SiHmami and quanta chtoli?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, wait to continue.

      • Pokekmon

        And this is good!)
        The more budget zooms, the better :-)
        And on the Quantums and some Sigma, there really is little information.
        For example, here: Sigma 70-210 mm f / 3.5-4.5 APO Macro screwdriver.
        Lighter than in the review and noticeably older.
        It exists in real life and can be found on Avito, but it is not clear what kind of beast.

  • anonym

    Thanks. But return the results and conclusions (

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Detailed reviews of the subversions will not be.

  • Oleg

    I have such a version of Sigma 70-300. In the comments I will give a couple of examples of photos.

    • Oleg

      Macro mode, no processing, shot in jpg

      • Oleg

        Macro mode, no processing, shot in jpg

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Not really like that. In the review, the motorless old one, I'm sure you have a motorized (last) with the golden letters 'SIGMA APO DG' (I indicated these differences in the history section).

      • Oleg

        the word “such” refers to photography

  • AND

    On a joyful season sigma70-300 campaign =)
    I’m just thinking about what kind of 85ku to choose, or wait, rumors have spread that the 85 / 1.4 boot will roll out this year. And the dark horse Tamron 85 / 1.8 with a stub haunts ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      85 1.4D and the miracle of bokeh.

      • AND

        Change the system from behind one glass? Oh, thanks)

        • Jury

          and native 85 f / 1.2L what do not like, if not secret?

          • AND

            native 85 / 1.2 II everyone likes. except horse price tag = /

            • Jury

              sometimes on sale appear 85 / 1.2 II, used, outwardly in very good condition. good condition at a price of $ 1,2-1,3k, if a new 85 / 1.4 comes out, the price will be either the same or higher

              • AND

                In my city of this class, used glass is a rarity. Yes, and not in a hurry, I have a pretty good 100/2, but the 85ka will still be more convenient (probably).

              • Oleg

                to AND. And I have 85 / 1.8 and it seems that 100/2 will be more convenient (on FF) :)

              • AND

                Oleg, I have a ff and a crop. If we compare 85 / 1.8 and 100/2, then the difference in quality is not enormous, of course, but still it will be better on an open 100ka. 85ka good glass for the money, but I want 100% working open.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I misunderstood.
          If 85 1.4 comes out, it will most likely be with a great price tag. There’s no particular choice - Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L II USM || Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM | A (Art) || Tamron SP 85mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD
          Such a lens is usually taken for work and I would stay at home.

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