Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Life Through A New Lens | Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro ♥

I'm slowly building up my photography equipment and now have three lenses for my Nikon D3200. I use my camera almost every day so it was one of the best investments I've ever made. I hope to upgrade to another Nikon at some time in the future but for now I'm happy with the shots it allows me to capture and it's a great camera for learning and improving my photography skill.

The other day, whilst out shopping with my mother, I spotted a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro lens on sale at just €122.99. This lens it what I would refer to as a 'Nikon dupe', it's compatible with a Nikon camera but doesn't cost near as much as a genuine Nikon lens would (the Nikon version is going for almost €500!).

This Sigma lens is described as being ideal for capturing shots of family, nature, travel and wildlife and as those are the type of subjects I like to capture in my photography then this really is such a perfect lens for someone like me. It's also described as being perfect for capturing candid shots of children playing outdoors so it really is such a great fit for me and the kind of images I love to capture of my son.

I used the Sigma lens for the first time last week when I took my son to the beach after he finished preschool. The light was absolutely awful but the lens was still able to capture some lovely images, even with flash turned off (I hate using flash in my pictures). I thought the lens picked up detail really well, even though I was quite a distance away from my son.

One thing I need to work on though and this lens is the perfect excuse, is wide-angled shots. I think it'll be great during the summer for capturing fields of flowers, etc.

I love how much detail the lens allows me to capture, even at the 300mm setting.

The lens is quite heavy if you're a fan of wearing your camera around your neck like I am, but it does fit easily into a small backpack and comes with a lens cover and front and rear caps so it won't get scratched or damaged easily.

I'm really looking forward to trying out this lens some more, especially once the sunny days of spring and summer come upon us, although I think it did fair quite well in the gloomy, dull days of January too. I'm so impressed with how much detail it's able to capture, such as the bubbles on the waves and water in the above picture alone and I bet it can capture even more magnificent images on brighter days.

This is a perfect, affordable lens for someone who wants to broaden their photographic skills and equipment. It's amazing how cheap it is compared to the genuine Nikon lenses and to be honest, I think it's just as good. I'm so delighted to have spotted this on sale and will be looking out for more in the future.

You can find the Sigma 70-300mm FD-5.6 DG Macro lens on Amazon for £83.99.

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19 comments

  1. I love the pretty of photography and I love the fact that different lens can give you an different effect for the mood your trying to achieve.

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  2. That definitely took some beautiful photos! I bought a kit lens that is 18-135, but I"d love one that goes further like this one. My favorite lens by far is my 50mm though. I just love it!

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  3. These pictures came out so beautiful. I love the clarity of the shots. I really need to look into a new camera and set of lens.

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  4. What an adorable little muse you have! I need to look into that lens! I just have the lens my camera came with and some my hubby had when he used to do weddings. I need to break out my camera more to capture moments.

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  5. how fun! I'm working on building up my Canon lenses too. Looks like your new one is getting you gorgeous photos! I'd like to upgrade my body soon!

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  6. Your boy is adorable!

    I just had a new camera last Christmas and getting some new lenses is one of my goals this year.

    Congrats on your new lens! When summer comes, post more photos please :)

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  7. Georgous photos my camera is pretty basic but when I upgrade (it will be awhile yet) I'll look into one where I can change lenses as ur photos are amazing quality.

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  8. Oooh, I have turned into such a photography gearhead that I just LOVE to read about lenses and see sample shots. I shoot Canon, and I use a 50mm 1.8 and a 24mm pancake that's a great wide angle. Don't know much about Nikon, but this helped fill in some gaps in my knowledge.

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  9. Your sigma lens served its purpose really well. Beautiful photos you got there! Adorable subject and breathtaking scene! It is in my wishlist to own a handy camera. :)

    Lady Soda

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  10. All of these are such lovely pictures and love how they came out even on a dull day without too much light. I need to invest in a camera this year so I can start taking good pictures too

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  11. My husband likes to take pictures of trains and has so many different lenses. My camera is pretty basic, but so far I am happy with it. It looks like you had a lovely day in the fresh air. I need a day like this so bad! It is snowing here as I type this. Brrrr.

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  12. Your pictures are always amazing!! I have found ordered older version of my Cannon lenses on line is a great way to save money, saved $400 on my last lens. It's so much fun to try out new lenses for your camera!

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  13. I have the Nikon D3100 which is my first professional camera, your photos are gorgeous. It would be great if you could create a post on aperture as I want to improve my photo skills.

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  14. This is really interesting, I have the Nikon D3200 too, but only with the lens it came with. This Sigma one sounds great - good value too. Lovely photos - as always. Kaz x

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  15. Your son is gorgeous and you've just taught me a whole lot that I had no idea about. Definitely thinking about investing in a proper camera with various lenses now.

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  16. This is very interesting, I have a Nikon too, and actually hadn't considered buying anything other than Nikon products for it ... so pretty cool to think that buying a 'dupe' would be just fine too.
    Thank you.
    Anna x

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  17. Sigma has a great line of lenses out now! I really want the Sigma 35mm Art lens next! I considered this lens, but I am not a fan of carrying around a heavy lens! Even though it would be perfect for sports photography in the spring when my son starts baseball!

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  18. I have a canon and have no idea how to make use of it's full potential nor any idea about using different lenses. Something I really want to change as your pictures prove there is so much beauty to be captured. :-) x

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  19. I really need to sort my photography skills out because at the moment I have zero. I have a really great camera its just stuck on auto. Love your photos Fiona, they are always perfect

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