Since I have exchanged the TAMRON 18-270 / 3.5-6.3 DI II VC PZD for a Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary for my wife I wanted to know how good this lens is in the macro area.


I took 2 tripods and screwed the Nikon SB800 flash onto one of the tripods in conjunction with the Metz WT1 flash control. On the second tripod, my wife's Nikon D200, of course with the transmitter of the flash remote control from Metz. The direction of the flash was from left to right, you can see that in the shadow. I deliberately set the camera to automatic exposure as newcomers do. I just write the Exif data.
Then I took a 50cm x 50cm natural white polyethylene plate, placed it on a table and draped the sewing thread roll with the needle and thread on it. On purpose, I stabbed the needle slightly backwards so that the focus could be seen clearly.
I think that worked out quite well.


d200 sig18 300 

Exif Data:

d200 sig18 300 exif


For an "always on the top" from the 400 euro class (375 euros in 3/2020), I think the result is very good. Since the lens has also done quite well in everyday situations, I find this lens in this price range a good "all-rounder" and certainly highly recommended for people who do not want to spend so much money or do not want to buy many lenses. In any case, a good starting lens.