After my Tamron 70-300mm macro lens broke(probably down to being thrown around in my back pack too much). I had to source another mid range zoom. Now as I commented earlier, I don’t use mid range zoom that much so I have elected to stay in the budget range but didn’t want to risk another rather plastic feeling lens that might fail again under reasonable use.
Enter the SIGMA 70-300 mm F4-5.6 DG APO MACRO lens. Not new, but second hand again.
Whilst I am here mentioning “second hand” for the third time, I would like to say that I have had four “second hand” lenses now and all of them have behaved flawlessly and without fault. So please do not be adverse to “second hand” lenses. Most people do actually look after their glass and usually sell to upgrade.
So this time I was out of Country but knew I was having a visitor from home arriving in 2-3 months. This gave me sometime to peruse the offers on Ebay and find a suitable condition item at a suitable price. Enter my nearly new SIGMA 70-300 mm F4-5.6, for the princely sum of £49. A steal! especially when I didn’t have to pay postage. When it arrived it looked like it had never been used.
I have since used it and I love it even more than the Tamron 70-300mm, it may not be as fast at focussing, but the images are so much crisper and sharper. The colours are spot on and there is little noticeable distortion anywhere along the range.
Not as heavy as I imagined it would be either. the one drawback is the end part does rotate when focussing, so this does make filters a no no, but honestly for the type of photography and the amount I use it I think this was an amazing bargain.