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Apr 27: Paperweight

I bought this Sigma 70-300 'DL Macro Super' a few years ago with my first Canon EOS camera. It was always a bit slow to focus, but I got some pretty good 6x4 prints using it. Or so I thought. Recent examination of those pictures shows some extreme distortion. It's not so sharp either. Eventually I sold it for 20 and bought a Canon 100-300 USM instead - a much better lens. But the autofocus motor in the Sigma died. It came back, and I returned the 20. It doesn't work on the Digital bodies, even in manual focus mode. So now it's just a paperweight. Got to stop those bills blowing away somehow!

See the distortion with this lens here... in case you're wondering, the pit wall and garages should be parallel!

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
1/125s f/16.0 at 17.0mm iso100 full exif

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Mike R28-Apr-2004 07:52
Ahh.. it has a use. Have you nailed it to the table? Why dose it not slip off?
Guest 28-Apr-2004 03:02
same as Pall, got a 75-300 but sold it very soon...:(
Scott Hopkins27-Apr-2004 23:49
mmmmmm...........L series lenses!!!!
Pall Gudjonsson27-Apr-2004 23:18
Got a 75 -300 that might be turned into a paperweight pretty soon :-)
Si Kirk27-Apr-2004 22:25
weird, i am getting on okay with my nikkor 70-300, i do crave the 70-200 f2.8ED VR though, but as the image shows, it is not the equipment it is the person behind that really counts!

not where is that catalogue
David Mingay27-Apr-2004 22:03
And you poor, poor Nikon users can't upgrade to a 70-200f4L either! Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha! ;-)
Guest 27-Apr-2004 22:03
A paper weight befitting a great photographer!
Guest 27-Apr-2004 21:50
Linda, that's MY money!!! And I am not in love with my 70-300 from Nikon either....It would make a nice paperweight, but I have no English currency!
Faye White27-Apr-2004 21:19
Aha! This is what I can do with my Nikon 70-300..... my biggest purchase-mistake thus far.
Guest 27-Apr-2004 21:12
I just checked the serial numbers for this one against yesterday's. Just curious to see if it was the same bill or if you just have these laying about the house in quantity.
Sorry to read your tale of woe.
Jill27-Apr-2004 21:09
LOL @ Linda!
Guest 27-Apr-2004 21:07
Looks like an older version of the lens.. I used to own this (gave it to my friend Stephanie when I got the 70-200L IS) and it looked different than this. Also worked with both my D60 and hers. Does make an interesting paperweight though!! ;)
Ray :)27-Apr-2004 20:57
So what's happening at the end of the week? In line with the Coke theme will you be burning Linda's dosh?
btw, I only buy Canon lenses now too.
Linda Alstead27-Apr-2004 20:53
hey - that's my money...