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.