Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Review
I think its fair to say that no one should expect a 70-300mm lens, in a sub $200 price range to match the performance of a prime lens, or $2000 zoom. In this light I have to say that a week into playing with this budget lens, I am starting to warm up to it.
In the past months, I have been busy falling in love with my Nikkor 85mm 1.8g, which is one of the sharpest lenses that Nikon currently offers. When I first put the Sigma 70-300mm on my D5100, I just felt like all the color had been sucked out of my photos. Aside from the loss in sharpness, the contrast and rich color depth of the 85mm was lacking. I thought, how can I use any of these shots.
Today was my first day of full sun with the Sigma, and it performed much better in these conditions. At least on my body I noticed that I had to set the exposure compensation to -1EV almost consistently as the lens seemed wash out the highlights otherwise. It seemed to just perform better, and I cant explain why. ( I watch the histogram to get to this point )
After playing with some birds in the trees, I realized I can both hunt flying creatures with my can, and dive into micro-macro worlds on the same shoot. This was liberating.
The macro shots came out the best, so I am going to post these for now.
For a $179 macro, and super tele all in one, I am quite stoked so far.
Available in Canada, here