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LENS PORN: Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

SIGMA XQ 70-230mm f/4.5
SIGMA XQ 70-230mm f/4.5





The Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 Macro hailed from the late 70s. It's a well built telephoto zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture AND macro focusing, which makes this a desirable lens.





Specs

Year Released: 1977
Focal Range: 70-220
Minimum Focusing Distance: 6.5 feet / 2 meters
Macro Mode: 1:4

Constant Maximum Aperture
Aperture Run: f/4.5 - f/22

Built in retractable metal hood and tripod mount
Made in Japan

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)

Sigma XQ 70-230mm f/4.5 (1977)



Summary

Pros
Has Macro Mode that goes down to 1:4
Built in hood
Built in tripod mount
Macro Mode goes down to 1:4, can be used at any focal range
Comes in T-Mount, you can easily find adapters for your camera
Solid metal body build to last forever
Beautiful design
Multi coated glass
Separate rings for zoom and focus (one touch designs suffer from zoom creep)



Cons
Big and heavy


Conclusion

At first I thought this lens was an OM mount. The mount was somewhat loose and figured it was and adapter... then viola! It's a T-Mount!

Oh my! Of the very many old telephoto zoom lenses I've hunted, the build quality of this lens stood out for me. The build of this affordable consumer lens is simply superb -- all the qualities you would find in a professionally built lens are there.

I have nothing negative to say about this performer, aside from maybe the inconvenience of a heavy and huge build. It's meant to be mounted on a tripod anyway. If you're more concerned about portability, settle for the smaller one-touch push-pull type of zooms. 



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