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

Not the newest, but this Sigma zoom lens still has something to offer at the price

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
This macro lens with Apochromatic (APO) badge can zoom to 0.5x

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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 apo dg macro review

One of the old school of telephoto zoom lenses, the Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro lacks an optical stabiliser, which is a big drawback for Canon and Nikon camera users.

We liked

Typically solid Sigma build quality and sharpness is good from 70mm up to about 250mm.

We disliked

Drop off in sharpness at 300mm, lack of image stabilisation and no HSM autofocus.

Final verdict

More than a one-trick pony, the Sigma doubles up as a 0.5x macro lens but, given its relatively poor resolution at the long end of the zoom range, it can't compete with a good macro prime lens. Overall, it's outclassed by Sigma's newer 70-300mm OS lens.