Any thought on this Sigma 70-300mm lens?

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  1. totalmajor

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    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=203339541&listingid=2063691&dcaid=17902
    There's the link to it.

    It's $200, given a 8.4 userrating and a 6 lensplay rating.

    I think it's pretty good because it's super wide zoom, macro, and telephoto zoom.

    I'm not looking for something crazy, but I would still like a high quality lens.

    If you can find something higher quality for up to $400, with the same features, I'd be interested in that as well.

    Thanks,
    Peter
     
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    I have it, and I like it, although only had it and my DSLR for less than a month. :) got mine on adorama, think it was a bit less than that too. APO is worth the extra (so Im told)

    I shoot with a canon 30d, and have taken some nice close up shots and some not bad distance shots. Im glad I went with it.

    Photo 1 people at about 50 meters away
    Photo 2 A bug
    Photo 3 A bird at about 3 meters away

    Plus my other attempts with this lens

    Hope that helps
     
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    Where did you hear this?


    And you might wanna check out the Tamron LI LD version of that lens. It's about $50 cheaper.
     
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    Nice shots Rachel. Nice sharpness. But I've read that the focus is somewhat slow and sometimes tends to search too much. How is the focus for you?
     
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    Focusing can sometimes be a little bit sluggish, but hey, it is only $200.
     
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    Being that Im still new and haven't had a whole lot of experience, I have not had the chance to compare it to an equivalent lens made by some one else.

    however sometimes I suppose you could say it searches for the focus point, especially if its something small and off in the distance.

    I bought the lens because it was cheaper than others and good had good reveiws on the web sites tat sell the lens. I wanted something that may work for portraits, things far away and close ups, it does all of those to a nice standard (in my un-trained eyes).
     
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    ive been wondering, what IS APO?
     
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    Short for "apochromatic," meaning (almost) no chromatic aberrations.
     
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    no idea wht that means either :p

    what does it do ;)
     

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