Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM for Sigma
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- Fast aperture, telephoto zoom lens
- Sigma's Optical Stabilisation giving a 4 stop hand-held benefit
- FLD and SLD glass elements for ultra-high resolution
- Quiet and high-speed HSM autofocusing
- Internal focusing and zooming system for convenient handling
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This large aperture telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma's proprietary Optical Stabiliser system and offers ultra-high resolution, comparable to a fixed focal length lens. One SLD and two FLD glass elements are used for maximum correction of chromatic aberrations. This lens adopts an inner focusing and inner zooming system to ensure sharp images throughout the entire zoom range. The OS system offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, enabling hand held tele-photography. Sigma’s APO Teleconverters can be used with this lens.
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The Sport and EX versions are almost identical. The only difference is that the Sport can dock to a USB to customize some of the AF settings and slightly better weather sealing if you plan on using it in the rain.
Is it heavy, yes, but it is a 300mm f2.8... they don't come light.
Do you need a tripod/monopod? Depends how strong are you, my GF can’t use this very long handheld, but I can walk around with it for a couple hours. Aside from that, if you are shooting 300mm+, especially in low light… having something to help you hold still isn’t a bad idea. That isn’t the fault of the lens, it is fault in your shaky arms.
For the other review saying it is too heavy, then go to a 300mm f4. Or saying they are going to buy a 200-400mm f4? That is HEAVIER than this with the 1.4TC and $3000+ more.
If you are having issues with sharpness, you are shaking, or you have a bad lens and you should send it to Sigma.
Anyhow, after I got it home I tossed it on a D7000 and was wowed, the swapped it onto the D600 and the focus was even faster. Now, if you compare it to a 300mm f2.8 Nikkor prime, that is 2x as expensive, it may focus slightly slower... but the image quality is close enough that for someone actually taking pictures and not just shooting a chart you will never notice the difference. I can count pixels on the D600 wide open, it is that sharp. If I get a blurry shot… I moved.
The ability to zoom out and in is GREAT. I went from a 300 prime and TC to this and being able to zoom in and out as animals move has saved my shot more than once.
Add together the fact that it costs 1/2 of a 300mm from Nikon or Cannon, the IQ is close enough that shot of shooting a chart with a D800E, you can't tell the difference, AF is lightning quick, and you can ZOOM, this lens is hard to beat.
The quality is just OK. There is a lot of CA and fringing especially in the corners. Not super sharp. Requires a tripod to really be used effectively.
It's so heavy it needs a tripod or monopod -- handholding (unless you're a Schwarzenegger type) is going to be tough. Definitely not suited for handholding by most ladies like me.
Also the thing is huge, not easy to carry around at all.
This is an acceptable budget long-range zoom with static aperture, but we will most likely be replacing it with a Nikon 200-400 instead.
Sigma build and image quality in general is notoriously hit-or-miss, and nothing compared to Nikon's quality. You get what you pay for, and this lens isn't cheap, but knowing that you are sacrificing quality for a lens that costs half what the Nikon does is a necessity.