Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 review

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  2. In short
  3. History
  4. Main Specifications
  5. Assembly
  6. Stabilizer
  7. Focusing
  8. Image quality
  9. Sample Photos
  10. My personal experience with the lens
  11. Prices / where to buy
  12. Alternatives
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  14. User Comments
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This review shows the Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 lens for Canon EOS cameras.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

In short

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 - The cheapest full-format telephoto lens with image stabilizer for full-length SLR cameras. Unfortunately, discontinued, it is very difficult to meet on sale new. Optically good, almost not inferior to the original similar lenses.

The low cost is most likely due to the lack of an ultrasonic focusing motor, which all such lenses have, and the lack of internal focusing. In the secondary market, Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 costs even less than the original Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 IS USM.

It is very strange that the Sigma company, which is famous for its huge variety of telephoto lenses, does not have a full replacement for the Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6. At the same time, older and simpler models Sigma DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 и Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 continue to be produced and sold.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6


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 transferring the focusing distance to the camera). Also, the same version / sub-version for cameras of different systems can have a different style of its 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 sub-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 'II' indication on the case, the 'II' mark is found only on the box and / or instructions. Such subversions can be distinguished 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 =75 300mm multi-coated Macro (for Nikon)
  2. Quantaray TECH-10 NF AF MULTI-COATED 1: 4-5.6 f =75 300mm (for Nikon)

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


Main technical characteristics of Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6:

Review Instance Name The inscription on the housing Sigma DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 ø62 LENS MADE IN JAPAN 10191644
Basic properties
  • DG - the lens is designed for full-length SLR digital cameras
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - use of elements with extremely low dispersion
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) - built-in image stabilizer
  • AF-M (Auto Focus - Manual Focus) - the lens is equipped with a focus mode switch
  • stabilizer operating mode switch OS ON / OFF
  • built-in micro motor for auto focus
  • multi-illuminated optics
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use.
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm
Focal length 70-300 mm

Zoom ratio 4.26 x
Designed by for digital full-format cameras (available in versions for Sigma SA, Sony A, Nikon F, Pentax K, Canon EF).
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded
Labels
  • focusing distance in meters and feet
  • focal lengths for 70, 100, 135, 200, 300 mm
  • depth of field scale (only for 70 mm) for F / 11 and F / 22
  • label to set the hood
  • bayonet mount mark
Diaphragm
  • 70mm - F / 4.0-F / 22
  • 100mm - F / 4.5-F / 25
  • 135mm - F / 5.0-F / 29
  • 200mm - F / 5.6-F / 32
  • 300mm - F / 5.6-F / 32
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 1.5 m over the entire range of focal lengths, the maximum magnification ratio is achieved by 300 mm and is 1: 3.9
The weight November 610, XNUMX
Optical design 16 elements in 11 groups

Optical design Sigma 70-300 OS DG

One low dispersion element Super Low Dispersion is used (shown in blue)

Lens hood bayonet model LH680-02
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Japan)
Period Since 2009 Out of production in early 2014.
Instructions See
3D view See
Price

Prices for modern Sigma telephoto lenses can be viewed here.

It's a pity, but compared to the older model - Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6, Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 uses fewer low dispersion elements and does not have a special macro mode that allows Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 shoot with a maximum magnification of 1: 2.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Assembly

Build quality Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 is at a fairly good level. The lens is very nice to the touch, good shot down without any obvious flaws... The Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 uses a metal mount. The retractable bezel is made up of one plastic section. The focusing ring is plastic with corrugation, the zoom ring is rubberized. The zoom ring rotates 90 degrees without jerking.

The lens body is covered with a characteristic Sigma lens. velvetwhich is typical of many old SIGMA lenses. This lens also exists in a newer version, with a classic matte black body.

Frame (trunk) for Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 can spontaneously resize under its own weight (perhaps this begins only with time). For example, when the camera is tilted down, the trunk of the lens spontaneously lengthens (focal length increases). Also, the lens can change the focusing distance under its own weight (only in focus mode 'M').

The Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 uses a sturdy velvet plastic hood that locks into special slots located near the front lens element. When changing the focal length, the hood moves with the movable frame of the body. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the focusing ring is lost in the range of 70-200 mm.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

Устройство aperture comprises 9 rounded petals and forms a fairly round hole.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Stabilizer

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 has a built-in image stabilizer which, according to the instructions, can compensate 4 steps by shutter speed. In values excerpts this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 16 times longer than what a lens without a stabilizer requires. In practice, the stabilizer can compensate up to 3 steps in shutter speed. I shot 300 mm focal length and 1/30 second without any problems.

On the case there is a stabilizer operating mode switch 'OS ON / OFF'. Where 'OS' is short for 'Optical Stabilizer'.

The stabilizer have their own characteristics. If you listen to the inside of the lens, you can hear a slight hum in the middle of the lens, even if the stabilizer is in the 'OFF' position. When the camera is turned off, even if the stabilizer was in the 'OFF' position, JVI noticeable image twitching (this is normal), as well as audible lens parking noise, is a sign that the gimbal has turned off 'one more time'. In 'OS ON' mode, the gimbal works more efficiently.

Thus, the stabilizer with the camera turned on continues to work continuously, which can adversely affect the battery charge level. I observed similar unusual stabilizer behavior on many other Sigma lenses.

It is recommended to set the stabilizer to the 'OFF' position when shooting with a tripod, or at slow shutter speeds, for example, in BULB mode (excerpt by hand).

Unlike the original Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 IS USM, Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 does not have a switch responsible for changing the stabilizer operating modes.

It is not known whether the Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 stabilizer can track the movement of the camera during panorama creation.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Focusing

Auto focus speed medium (closer to high). As the focal length increases, the focusing speed decreases slightly. Focus speed independent of camera orientation

For focusing, a conventional micro focusing motor is used, which very noisy... The nature of the noise is shrill and unpleasant.

The lens does not use internal focus. During focusing, the front lens, together with the frame for the filters, rotates and drives forward. Using polarizing and other specialized filters will be difficult. When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

Focus ring rotates 90 degrees. The movement of the ring is smooth, but you need to make an effort to break the ring from its place. There is a feeling of 'plastic on plastic' when rotating the focusing ring. The minimum focusing distance is 150 cm, and the maximum zoom ratio (macro) is reached at a focal length of 300 mm and is 1: 3.9 (not bad for a similar lens).

When used on a camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (aka Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D, aka Canon EOS Kiss X2 with very simple 9-point focusing system) the lens behaves well, very rarely makes a mistake in focusing. I had no problems with focus accuracy and focus. On camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi I checked the presence of the back and focus front at different focusing distances and different values ​​of the focal length (infinity and MDF as well). Pictures taken using the Live View mode (which does not suffer from back / front focus) were used as a measure. Focusing accuracy using phase sensors completely coincided with the Live View mode.

Focus Features:

  1. Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 has focus mode switch 'AF-M'... To perform manual focus, the lens must be in focus mode 'M'. Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 does not have a manual focus control function.
  2. During auto focus focus ring rotates and cannot be touched.
  3. There is a strong effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing).
  4. Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 - a lens from a third-party manufacturer. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some Canon EOS cameras.
  5. When changing the focal length, focusing is lost.
  6. There is depth of field scale, but only for 70 mm focal length and only for aperture values ​​of F / 11 and F / 22. There is no tag for infrared operation.
  7. The lens has scale with focusing distance in meters and feet. Such a scale in itself is of little use and is present more for show (justification of this thought here) The distance scale is plotted on the focus ring, and not made using a special window.
  8. Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 has no focus problems in Live View (tested on Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi).
  9. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  10. Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
  11. There is no focus distance limiter.
Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Image quality

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 does not shine with special indicators, but as a whole creates an image with normal / good quality.

  • moderate chromatic aberration
  • the usual level of distortion for this kind of lens, from a small barrel-shaped at 70 mm to a podobraznoy in the television range
  • good contrast
  • confident work in backlight
  • very poor vignetting when used on Canon APS-C cameras
  • Normal / Neutral / Correct color reproduction (new lens with good multi-illumination, optimized for digital cameras)
  • on open apertures, good sharpness in the center of the frame in the range of 70-200, a slight subsidence of sharpness by 300 mm (the sharpness level in the center of the frame by 300 mm of focal length can be considered acceptable)
  • cream bokeh when shooting small objects in the range of 200-300 mm focal length
  • even circles in the blur zone due to 9 rounded aperture blades
Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sample Photos

Pictures from Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (aka Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D, aka Canon EOS Kiss X2) The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, on camera JPEG. Everything was removed from the hands using a hood with the stabilizer turned on.

Download source files in format JPEG can at this link (97 files in the '.JPG' format, 500 MB). Part of the photo helped me prepare Anna Ishtar nTr. You can see more examples of pictures in a pleasant tube review here.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

My experience

I really like Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6. There is nothing superfluous in it, while there is a much-desired image stabilizer.

For amateur photographers who don’t need different charms of modern original lenses, Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 can give a huge scope for creativity.

I safely recommend Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 as an inexpensive telephoto to all amateur photographers.

In general, Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F / 4-5.6 VC USD A005 will be better, but not enough to overpay almost 2 times.

Who has thoughts on why Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 was discontinued and why there is still no replacement for the lens, write in the comments.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Prices

You can look at the real prices for Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 in popular online stores at the following links:

Prices for modern Sigma telephoto lenses can be viewed here.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 is on sale less and less. At the same time, older models Sigma DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 и Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 continue to produce and sell to this day, prices for which can be viewed in the price block located below:
All prices Sigma AF 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 APO MACRO DG

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6


All 70-300 Class Full Frame Lenses with Stabilizer

Sigma

Tamron

Canon (EF, EF-S)

Nikon (F, FX)

Sony (E, FE)

The names of the lenses are indicated according to the inscription on their body.

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.

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6, front lens enlightenment

Results

Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 is a balanced lens, I recommend.

Main advantages

  • the lowest cost among other similar lenses. Many offers in the secondary market
  • nice built-in image stabilizer
  • good ratio for macro photography, which is 1: 3.9
  • normal / good build quality, the hood is supplied, light weight, small size, small diameter of the filters
  • image quality comparable to other original similar lenses of the same era
  • 9 aperture blades, fairly flat discs of blur
  • good contrast and color reproduction, resistant to flare, low amount of chromatic aberration, slight distortion

The main disadvantages

  • ordinary micro focusing motor instead of an ultrasonic motor (or similar) that other similar lenses use
  • loud noise during auto focus
  • not fast enough auto focus (but not slow too)
  • rotation of the focus ring during autofocus and, as a result, lack of the function of constant manual focus control
  • rotation of the front lens and the frame for the filters during focusing (inconvenience when using polarists and other specific filters)
  • lengthening the front of the frame (trunk) during focusing
  • slight drop in resolution with increasing focal length
  • strange gimbal behavior ('always on', etc.), lack of gimbal mode switch
  • the zoom ring rotates in the opposite direction (inconvenience for those who have original Canon zoom lenses)
  • It is possible to independently change the focal length and focusing distance (in position M) under its own weight
  • focusing accuracy is lost while changing the focal length
  • strong 'Focus Breathing' effect (changes in viewing angle during focusing)
  • obsolete model that is difficult to find on sale with a guarantee
  • there may be incompatibility with some cameras and / or teleconverters (no exact data)

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Comments: 93, on the topic: Overview of Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6

  • Ilyas

    Arkady, some superzoom)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Where? This poor Sigma, like other similar lenses, barely survives zoom with a magnification of 4X :)

  • Victor

    I had a version of such a lens for Nikon. In the focal range 200-300, we got a good mess on the Nikon D40 and D5100.

  • ULADZIMIR

    Sigma has a tendency to produce only expensive and high-quality ones. The Art series is a confirmation of this. Photo enthusiasts suffer because of this. In addition to this glass, they also removed from production 50-150 / 2,8. Offering in return after a couple of years 50-100 / 1,8. And these are other focal ones, undoubtedly higher quality of the picture, but also the price is high.

  • ASP

    There is speculation about “why the Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 was discontinued and why there is still no replacement for the lens”.
    Sigma and Tamron appeared with 18-300 and 16-300 ultrasounds, respectively, which fully satisfy the needs of amateur photographers in the entire range of focal lengths, and also have a stabilizer in versions for Kenon and Nikon, i.e. it turns out that it is easier to wear one universal lens than at least two (for example, 18-55 and 70-300), all the more so since the 300mm picture for 70-300 ultrasounds and televisions is quite comparable.
    I found this idea in the Tamron 16-300 / 3.5-5.6 PZD review (http://www.alphatraveller.org/archives/412).
    Also at the end of winter, Sigma announced and released for sale in May a new television set for amateur photographers SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, which, judging by the reviews, was completely successful. So it makes no sense to produce cheaper 70-300, because they will not be bought, and whoever needs to buy the BU as cheaply as possible.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The idea is not entirely consistent.

      18 300 и 16 300 - lenses for crop.
      70-300 DG OS - full format lens, analog Canon 70-300 IS, Nikon 70-300 VR, Tamron 70-300 VC (the latter is relatively new).

      SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary with a price tag of $ 800 and a weight of 1.2 kg is no substitute for the relatively light and cheap Sigma 70-300 DG OS.

      • ASP

        I did not mention that I talked about cropped cameras (for them, as I wrote, it seems there is no sense in buying 70-300 if there are 16 (18) -300).
        Most amateur photographers have cropped cameras, and 70-300 lenses were bought to get more than 200mm focal length (inexpensive, a good picture in the center of a full-frame lens on the crop and most importantly, telephoto cameras are almost never made for crop (for example, Nikon 55-300mm f / 4.5 -5.6G ED DX VR AF-S Nikkor, Nikon 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3G ED AF-P DX, Nikon 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3G ED VR AF-P DX, Sony DT 55-300mm f /4.5-5.6)(I don’t know about the 300 mm picture of these Nikon lenses, but for Sony the picture was not very good at 300 mm)).
        SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary I think there is a replacement for full-frame lenses 70-300, because full-frame cameras are still expensive, the camera market is shrinking and making cheap telephoto lenses is not at all profitable, especially those that are present in a huge number of control units.
        And yes, the weight of the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is large (according to my observations, all Sigma have a large weight, for example, similar Tamrons always weigh less and have a smaller filter diameter), and the price will drop, albeit not immediately (so happens with all Sigma lenses).

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I'm not sure the companies are counting on some of their products to buy used products. - it is simply not profitable for them, and in the west they are referred to as second-hand ones. photographic equipment is not like ours.

          • ASP

            I did not say that the company is profitable from selling used lenses, I considered the situation from the point of view of a amateur photographer in this situation (you will need a specific lens that is no longer available, you can buy a used lens).
            Companies are just not interested in buying their products; therefore, they stop producing old lenses and do not directly replace them, because the market is saturated, and they offer something else (trying to do better), thereby breaking the established model for buying lenses, forcing the user to buy a new one.
            Now the market for photographic equipment is not growing (according to financial reports and market analysts) and updating the usual models is not profitable, because the market is full of well-functioning used lenses (lenses, unlike cameras, have been used for decades).

            For example, Minolta produced a good amateur series of lenses: 24-50 / 4, 35-70 / 4, 70-210 / 4 and 28-135 / 4-4.5 (such an intermediate link, not very dark lenses and not bright, but with good picture), which Sonya did not update after Minolta's purchase. there were a lot of them on the market and new such lenses would not be sold corny (unlike “professional” lenses, which were not touched by re-release (or simply modernized) and very simple ones, which were still cheaper at release).

            And another fresh example, autofocus lenses with a focal length of 135mm can be counted on one hand and most were released 10 or more years ago (2006 - Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * 135mm f / 1.8 ZA (SAL-135F18Z), 1996 - Canon EF 135mm f / 2L USM) and have just started producing 135mm lenses (Zeiss Batis APO Sonnar FE 135 mm f / 2.8 T *, Sigma AF 135mm f / 1.8 DG HSM Art, something that Sony herself is preparing), i.e. For 20 years, manufacturers have seen no reason to produce 135mm autofocus lenses. a gigantic number of lenses with a focal length of 135mm were produced (among which there were excellent pictures and eternal construction, and taking into account the focus on professionals, it turned out that autofocus is not always necessary for them, for example, a portrait in a studio).

            • Arkady Shapoval

              The topic with 135 threads is ambiguous, it is believed that versions 135 2.8 were not released due to the zooms of 70 (80) -200 (210) /2.8 (discussed here).
              The problem of amateur photographers, especially beginners, is that they do not know anything about old technology and only choose what is in the windows of modern online stores. So who knew that, for example, there are a million versions of these Sigma 70-300 and that the simplest can be taken for a penny? And you can take another 2 times cheaper than Quantaray, about which no one heard anything at all (I exaggerate, of course).
              In this case, as a counter-example, look at Canon, which is ahead of the rest, releasing a dark L-ku Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 L IS USM and recently upgraded IS to IS II with NanoUSM - Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 IS II USM

              • ASP

                Yes, the appearance of 70-200 / 2.8 zooms certainly crippled the sales of 135 / 2.8 lenses (photographers were able to not wear a bunch of fast lenses, which was replaced by one not much easier), but for example Minolta released the consumer autofocus Minolta AF 135mm F / 2.8 and it is quite it is still suitable for use and most importantly it was cheaper than three times and costs more than 70-200 / 2.8 much BU.
                I agree with your conclusion in the article, as Of course, lens makers wanted to make money selling expensive 70-200 / 2.8 zooms, which were probably touted as a panacea and universal salvation.

                By the way, which confirms that manufacturers after saturating the market with one single model (type) of lenses decide that everything needs to be changed and they stop production of familiar models (135 / 2.8, 70-300, 28-300, etc.) offering what’s new in return (more focal or range shifting, but expensive since new).

                Sigma has always been stigmatized with the low quality of lenses (in my opinion, it is more correct to blame it for poor quality control of its products, since it was necessary to choose a good copy) and therefore I think it has practically stopped producing cheap lenses and is trying to offer an exclusive in order to somehow get rid of past "notoriety".

                Canon from its about half of the market probably does not yet consider it necessary to change something (sales are going on, you just need to produce something “the same, but with mother-of-pearl buttons”: a new autofocus motor, LCD screen, a pair of new lenses in the optical scheme, etc., a little more expensive).
                As an example of the lack of any interest in changing something, Canon was the last to release a mirrorless “for show” and only this year a new mirrorless model is starting to be interesting to buy.

              • Oleg

                Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 L IS- well, originally, the dark zoom of the L-series. A scoundrel, not a canon

              • Arkady Shapoval

                This is all relative. Nikon has a dark Nikon ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6D professional series (with a gold ring) and nothing, everyone reconciled.

              • Oleg

                But still 400 is better than 300 for photo hunting, for example

  • AND

    For me, it makes no sense. There are native analogues for almost the same money, devoid of the main weakness of sigma - mediocre AF. A long time ago, when I just bought a 20d, the question arose about choosing a telephoto, at a price the difference between a used 70-200 / 4 without a stub and 70-300 with a stub was minimal. I took 70-200, which I never regretted. I was especially pleased with the fast and tenacious AF, and the working open throughout the entire focal range. The only real minus of the glass is the light gray color of the frame, which attracts unnecessary attention.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      As for the Sigma data, for Canon they use a micro-focus motor, with which the logic of the focusing system is different from that of the USM. To summarize, it is with the 70-300 that Sigma has no particular problems. Well, 200 is not 300, and without a stub and with a stub - the lenses are very different.

      As for the Sigma 70-300 for Nikon, it is still easier there, the vast majority of models do not have a built-in focusing motor and focus using the camera motor. The logic of the focusing system with such lenses is very different from lenses with a built-in motor. Usually, such lenses focus, albeit slowly, but very tenaciously and much less often have problems with autofocus. In general, the tenacity of non-motorized Sigma lenses is much better than that of modern HSM ART lenses from Sigma. You won't believe it until you check it.

      • AND

        According to AF s on sigma, maybe it's not that bad. I had experience with sigma 28 / 1.8 ex dg, with a normal, not hsm AF - I was very disappointed in terms of AF, the most offensive thing is that he blatantly lied in difficult / mixed / artificial light - the indicator was on in the video recorder, but on in fact not, and had to constantly check. At the same time, in daylight everything was fine. Of course, in a telephoto view, especially in a dark one, the behavior in artificial and difficult lighting is not so critical, but still, the sediment remained. Well, the fact that 70-200 and 70-300 are different lenses is indisputable. All the same, for an amateur, the question of price is far from the last, and not everyone can afford to have a reportage zoom of 70-200, and a supertele of the 100-400 class. Then it seemed to me more needed 200/4 than 300 / 5.6, albeit with a stub.

      • cybernetik

        > Generally speaking, it is with the 70-300 that Sigma has no particular problems
        Yes, it looks like there are serious serial problems for the whole family - it cuts off the plastic teeth on the focusing barrel at least in screwdriver models, but there are cases with motor models.
        At the same time, there are no spare parts on free sale.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          And we are not talking about breakdowns here, but about problems with focusing, accuracy, and so on.

  • Oleg

    I have a version with a gold inscription Sigma APO DG, aperture ring and without a focus motor. Checked on motorless Nikonov, focusing does not work, on motor Nikonov works.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Please take a look at the view of your lens and attach it to the comment here.

      • Oleg

        In another topic recently cited a photo of the lens.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          There is no aperture control ring visible, only golden lettering. Please take another picture. This will complement my “history” section, because I have never seen gold SIGMA APO DGs and no motor / diaphragm ring before.

      • Oleg

        Here is so clearer

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Thank you.

  • Oleg

    The lens is pretty good (I'm specifically talking about the version of APO DG, if they somehow differ in quality). If you shoot on film, then all the nuances play a big role, and in the era of digital editors, sharpness, contrast, color, etc. You can always fix it. For business photos, this may not be suitable, and if for a private collection to shoot, for social networks, then more than acceptable. In macro mode, it shoots very well. Second-hand non-rotary version costs 1500-1800 hryvnias (60-70 dollars). If the budget is limited, a very good purchase. There will be free funds, I’ll buy from the first versions of my native TV set 2,8, and at the moment I don’t see the point of taking from the stash or saving up. If you earn money in a photo, then it’s another matter, it makes sense to invest in better and more expensive equipment and beat off your investments with your work, and if you shoot for yourself, you can navigate by your pocket. If you can easily buy a lens for a hundred thousand hryvnias, why not buy, of course it’s better to buy, and if there are only a couple of thousand free, then such a sigma is a good option for television lovers.

    • Oleg

      Aftofocus yes, it is rather weak at large focal lengths, if you need to switch from a near object to a distant one or vice versa, it takes a lot of time, and at 70 mm it is quite normal. Well, this is so, according to personal impressions, without the ability to compare with other televisions.

      • Oleg

        without treatment

        • Oleg

          photography, small processing and cropping

          • Oleg

            sunset, shooting against the sun, without filters, small processing

            • Oleg

              well, the landscape

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Would you post pictures in review of the most similar version, but not in this, where is the version with a stabilizer and other optics.

  • Dmitriy

    Please advise which lens to take for the D7100 - sigma 70-300 DG OS or nikon 55-300 VR? Optically which is better? All focal lengths are closed, so 55 or 70mm doesn't really matter. Sigma for full frame optics and optically should be better but is it?

  • Antip

    I purchased this lens today in a commission for $ 70. All test photos were taken by Nikon D90 at the time of purchase. 1. Car number 5,6 / 15 is200 f300mm 2. Drops on the car 5,6 / 30 iso200 f300mm 3. Flashlight 5,6 / 90 iso1600 f300mm - approximately 150m. Camera setup 6 + 1 + 1
    WB- A JPEG- L

    • Arkady Shapoval

      You can add 1 photo to 1 comment, size in pixels - any, size - up to 1 mb.

  • Antip

    Another photo. 5,6 / 180 iso500 f300mm. It is quite a normal lens for an amateur. If
    I want to sell better and buy another is not a problem.

  • Anastasia

    Is it possible to focus on this review for a similar lens under Nikon?
    Native Nikkorovskie I don’t pull the money, but I can buy this one for my D5100.
    Will it work for this camera?

    • Valentine

      Whether it works or not depends on the frequency of use of this lens and the requirements for it. Some people shoot at 70-300 a couple of times in several years and then sell this lens at all, but there are those who constantly keep it on the camera. The used price can be very affordable. Native glasses are also found in a used version at lifting prices. Be sure to take the version with a stabilizer, for such focal points on the crop, this is important.

      • Anastasia

        Thanks for answering!
        It’s written on the store’s website.
        Sigma 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 DG OS for Nikon
        Type: Nikon AF-S
        If I understand correctly, this is the version with the stabilizer.
        And still used, alas. But cheaper than similar native ones :(

        • Valentine

          Find out exactly with or without stabilizer. Promote other ads and stores. Take your time with the purchase, then you can better understand what you need and what price is adequate. Televisions sell often, because they often make mistakes with the purchase (they do not understand exactly why it is needed and how often it will be filmed in fact - as a result, after dusting for a year on the shelf, it goes on sale).

    • Oleg

      Okay, the main thing is to check that the model will have a built-in focusing motor, since there are versions for a camera screwdriver for Nikon Sigma 70-300. The lens is quite normal, and if somewhere there is not enough sharpness or contrast, you can always tighten it during processing. It behaves normally in the backlight, a good bonus is macro 1: 2.

      • Anastasia

        Thanks for the answer. I'm just starting to figure it all out.
        It’s written on the store’s website.
        Sigma 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 DG OS for Nikon
        Type: Nikon AF-S.
        Wow, and the macro will also be! I'm playing with Helios 44-2M for macro)))

        • Sergey

          For macro, Helios will be better. In any case, I prefer either him or Industar-61L / D.

          • Oleg

            There are different situations, it is not always possible to put the lens point-blank to the subject. In some ways, one option is better, in something else.

  • Vladimir

    The other day I bought this telephoto camera, but for Nikon. I wanted some kind of portrait lens in the range of + - 100 mm for my Nikon d90. At first I was looking at the Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F1.8D, but even in the secondary market, the price slightly “nibbled”. And so, Arkady (with his review and advice) threw up the idea to look at Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 under Nikon. And here are essentially my impressions of this lens:
    - the lens fully showed itself as in the review;
    - blurring of the background (bokeh) with a breast-facial portrait in the range of 200-300 mm is simply gorgeous (85-ka 1.8, as for me, will blur the background weaker);
    - I was pleased with the sharpness in the range from 70-200 mm, after 200 mm it is acceptable (I suspect that after 200 mm it is good, but I probably have little experience working with such a focal length;
    - the assembly is really solid for this class of lens (I had a tamron 70-300 without a stub, so the assembly is there, and the quality of the output picture is worse).

    From the nuances: the only thing is (it seemed to me very strange) a hood, which is sooooo tight to attach, and everything seems to be nothing, but it seems so tight that it seems that you can break under pressure (when you screw / unscrew the hood) the focusing motor, because when screwing / unscrewing the hood, spin the focusing ring, forcing the focusing motor to twist along with it, which already “cries” if it is turned mechanically (that is, by hand when the autofocus switch is turned on to AF, and the camera is turned off).

    • Antip

      When unscrewing and twisting the lens hood, first set the lens to 300mm, now you can calmly, holding the elongated part, make significant efforts without
      fear of damaging the lens.

    • Michal

      But all the same, he is not a replacement for his native 85mm. Cheaper - yes. But sometimes it is better to sell two cheap ones, add and take what you need.

  • Dmitriy

    I bought myself one in Zvenigorod for 6000 with a broken hood in December last year. 70 mm. with f5.6. as sharp as the Tamron 28-75 f2,8. Due to the stub even better on these focal. Compared with the Nikon 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR including the D750. There is no difference. And the price is 7 times lower. Take it, I advise!

  • Alexander

    It is believed that the stabilization system is equivalent to Nikonovskaya, otherwise they would not have sued Sigma about this, after which this model was discontinued, and only the version without a stub remained.

    • Antip

      The stabilizer in this model is DG OS, really excellent.

  • Victor

    Hello! Recently I bought a Sigma 70-300mm D 1: 4-5.6 DG lens for Nikon. For some reason, I did not find this in the list you provided ... (

  • Alexander

    such a question, will the Sigma DG 70-300 mm f4-5.6 lens for Nikon with a Nikon D200 camera work full-scale? thank you

    • Arkady Shapoval

      work how?

  • Alexander

    Good day. Advise, is there any point in looking for this lens at flea markets? Or can I take the Tamron AF 70-300mm f / 4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1: 2 (A17) or the Canon EF 70-300mm f / 4.0-5.6 IS USM?

    • B. R. P.

      Native I think better.

  • Denis

    Hello, please tell me DG OS will be better than APO DG? How important is the stabilizer?
    Thank you in advance!

    • B. R. P.

      Stabilizer is generally desirable on such focal lengths, but if the lighting conditions allow you to set a fairly short shutter speed, then you can do without it.

      • Denis

        Thanks. I choose Avito between DG OS and APO DG, I just can’t understand what is better. Probably with a stub it will be better. I also considered a similar Tamron, but for some reason stopped at Sigma.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Tamron is newer, if possible. then take it unambiguously with the stabilizer

          • Denis

            Thank you very much for your help! Will Tamron be better? I read everything about them. As far as I understand, they are about the same. What would you take in my place?) Tamron AF70-300mm F / 4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1: 2 or Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6?
            Thank you in advance!

            • Arkady Shapoval

              In general, Tamron will be better

              • Michael

                Interesting opinion. Those. is sigma so bad that even a stabilizer doesn't make it preferable?

              • Arkady Shapoval

                A man is considering a similar Tamron with a stabilizer, version Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F / 4-5.6 VC USD A005. No one says Sigma is bad

              • Arkady Shapoval

                I confess I did not recognize the Tamron model.
                In the case of the usual Tamron 70-300 macro and Sigma 70-300 OS, of course, Sigma will be preferable

              • Denis

                Thank you for your opinion and discussion) In general, the situation has turned out so that today I took Sigma 70-300 DG. Without a stabilizer, but the condition is almost new (Only for 4500r). I am satisfied, although I encountered a number of minuses in the form of slow focusing and not the most clear picture. (But I was ready for this, and the price was appropriate). Without a stabilizer, it’s a little sad, but a short shutter speed and the ability to keep the camera level to help. The other day I’ll test and write more))

  • Vladimir

    My Sigma AF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 DG OS, unlike those presented by you, has the line “OPTICAL STABILIZER” under the line “70-300mm 1 / 4-56”. The lens is excellent in its niche, much better than my previous Canon EF 70-300 IS.

    • Vladimir

      4 5,6

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Send (attach) a photo with a view of where and how it is written. To be sure. Thank.

      • Rman

        Here is the version for Nikon

  • Oleg

    About a month ago, I took a used Sigma DG under the Sony A mount. The price is ridiculous 2000 rubles - $ 25.
    Yes, autofocus is braked, possibly due to a screwdriver, but you can twist the handles.

    200 mm chamber tube without treatment, Sony A37 /

    • Novel

      25 bucks say ...

      • Oleg

        Yes, approximately.

    • cybernetik

      Judging by the mention of the screwdriver, you are talking about an older lens model without an optical stabilizer, so the price is the same.
      And DG OS for Sony cameras was produced with a built-in autofocus drive, unfortunately not very reliable.
      In the photo you have a focus miss, you hit a branch after a crow.

  • Denis

    Hello!

    I purchased the Sigma DG 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 model for Nikon. Faced the following situation, on D700 the lens works in manual and auto focus modes. But on the D610 - only in manual focus mode. I switched all levers from “M” to “AF”, but the result is the same.
    + on D610 with this lens, “r14” is displayed on monochrome screen.

    A huge request to send or suggest what am I doing wrong? And how to deal with it)

    Thank you in advance for your reply!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      r14 or f14? Most likely there is no normal contact with the microprocessor contacts

      • Denis

        Just “r14”. I cleaned the contacts, checked everything - nothing. I shoot from 610 and put it on 700 - it works immediately.
        Other lenses are fine.

    • Alexey

      Did you accidentally update the firmware on 610? Nikon is making changes to new firmware that blocks AF on Sigma optics. (r14 on the display, if my sclerosis does not lie to me, means how many frames can be taken in a series before the buffer is full, but I'm not a Nikonist, I can lie)

      • Denis

        I updated the firmware just to solve this situation. But both the “old” and “new” firmware failed to fix the situation.
        It's so annoying and somehow there are no options left to solve the situation.

      • Denis

        Now the 610 has firmware 1.04

        • Jury

          read on the internet what number the very first firmware had, perhaps 1.01, if so, then you need to find it, fill it in and try with it.

          • Denis

            Without waiting for an answer, yesterday I went to “play” with the firmware. First, 1.03 rolled on 1.04.

            And then step by step, testing each of the 4 firmware versions, checking all my lenses, I came to a decision!

            At 1.02, the error “r14” is displayed every other time, but the autofocus on Sigma seems to jam.
            At 1.01, the error is displayed, but autofocus works.

            As a result, in 2 evenings it was possible to identify and then solve the problem!

            P.S. but I'd rather wait for the answers here, and roll back the firmware with peace of mind)

            Thank you all for the help!

        • Victor

          Roll back to the old firmware, 1.01 or 1.02. Nikon in new firmware muddies (officially), some changes to work with af-p, which breaks autofocus on all sigma.
          Perhaps this is just a competitive struggle, but who will admit it)))

          • Denis

            So I did, I described everything a little higher.
            I would like to read your comment BEFORE yesterday's attempts, and not this morning))

            Thanks for the help!

  • Atanas

    Good day to everyone. I got a Sigma DG 70-300, at a good price ... Will automatic focusing work on Nikon D3500? I have not bought it yet, I am looking for a replacement to replace my Soligor-a 250mm MF

    • B. R. P.

      If with a motor, it should work. These modifications of the Sigma 70-300 are a wagon and a small bogie.

      • Atanas

        Thank you.

  • Oleg

    Hello. There is a version with and without stabilizer. So the version with the stabilizer overestimates the ISO under equal shooting conditions, with the included or with the stub off. That is, the version without became, for example, 1000iso removes and with a stub 1600iso. Why?

  • Paul

    Good afternoon, I understand correctly that using the 5300-18 lenses and this Sigma DG OS 105-70 on the Nikon d300 crop, I will close the focal points in the 18-450mm range ??

    • B. R. P.

      Close the range 18-300 or in terms of ff-equivalent 27-450.

    • Specialist

      And if you do not have (did not have) a full-frame camera, spit on the EGF so as not to get confused. Range 18-300 on your camera.

      • Paul

        Thank you, you explained. I thought that a focal 300mm on an FF lens would behave like 450mm on a crop, but as I now understand the zoom factor is the same, and FF lenses simply have a wider angle of coverage of the panorama itself, so the subject seems to be more distant (with the same frames taken on the FF and Crop). I have a Nikon 55-300, it has good sharpness, a good stub and a 5,6 x 300 hole. I suppose that it doesn't make much sense to change it to this Sigma.

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