Posted on May 7th, 2015


The Spontaneous Budget Lens Buy :: Sigma 70-300mm


May day bank holiday for me meant a day shooting the living history at the VE celebrations at The Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey, Essex. On the drive I got thinking about how I was without my telephoto lens as mine is awaiting repair. In the spur of moment I decided to stop in Currys to see if they had anything to fill my needs. As the light was good that day so I was not worried about anything high speed and just needed something to give me a little more reach over my 85mm f/1.4. That’s then I saw the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 for just £89 and I must have only been in the shop 2 minutes when I walked out as its proud new owner. Less then 30 minuets later it was on location on a very demanding shoot. The strange thing is I actually quite like it. Okay it’s not a looker and oddly resembles a pear, there is no image stabilization and the focus time can be measured in minuets but actually all that matters is the image quality and I have to say its not bad.

I spent most of the day chest deep in stinging nettles, crashing threw brambles and chasing living history groups as the battled threw the undergrowth

The shoot was hectic to say the least. I spent most of the day chest deep in stinging nettles, crashing threw brambles and chasing living history groups as the battled threw the undergrowth. And think that reenactors are  just a load of old history geeks? think again, this guy is a real serving officer in the British Army and has seen real conflict in real war zones. So lets just say that keeping up with them and shooting was interesting and the huge camera bag didn’t help either.  The extra 100mm reach defiantly came in handy.

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I was reasonably happy with the lens and for the price its awesome but I still needed some more evidence so also shot some wildlife.

Not bad at all, what do you think?

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