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Sigma AF 300-800mm f/5.6 Apo EX DG HSM for Canon

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  • Versatile Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Internal, High Speed Focusing
  • Use Of ELD and APO Glass Elements
  • Internal Zooming For Convenient Handling
  • 2 year Extended UK warranty On official UK Imports
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Sigma AF 300-800mm f/5.6 Apo EX DG HSM for Canon
Customer Rating 5 out of 5 stars (1) 4 out of 5 stars (41) 0 out of 5 stars (0) 5 out of 5 stars (37)
Price £6,469.49 £39.00 £2,899.99 £959.00
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Dimensions 3.94 m x 54.3 cm x 0.6 cm 5.1 cm x 10.2 cm x 5.1 cm 36.5 cm x 32.9 cm x 75.4 cm 9 cm x 25.7 cm x 9 cm
Item Weight 5.9 kg 64 g 4.7 kg 272 g
Model Year 2010 2013 2010 2006
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  • Product Dimensions: 54.3 x 0.6 x 393.5 cm ; 6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 13 Kg
  • Item model number: 595101
  • ASIN: B0009JKH78
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,620 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM lens covers a huge focal length range from 300mm to the ultra-telephoto focus length of 800mm. By continuously varying the angle of view from 8.2º to 3.1º, the lens takes a lot of the footwork out of picture composition. This lens is perfectly suited to wildlife and sports photographers where a powerful focal length is essential.

Built to Sigma’s professional EX standards, this lens is designed to provide superior image and build quality. Two Extraordinary Low Dispersion glass elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and ensure sharp, quality images from the centre to the edge of the frame. In order to attain the highest quality images, the APO lens has been incorporated using special low-dispersion (SLD) glass. The effect of which minimises colour aberration throughout the image. This digitally optimised ultra-telephoto lens is equipped with a Sigma’s Multi-Layer Coating technology that reduces both flare and ghosting. This also ensures an accurate colour balance and high contrast images.

The internal focusing system ensures the overall length of the lens does not change during focusing, ensuring convenient handling and ease of use. The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures an ultra-quiet, high-speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focusing capability, making it possible to manually focus without leaving AF mode.

A 46mm filter can be inserted near the rear of the lens, and a circular polarising filter (included) can be used in situ. A heavy duty tripod bush is included as standard for use with tripods and monopods. Multiple threaded holes allow accurate balancing of lens and camera body. This is also designed as an easy grip when carrying the lens.

Box Contains

  • 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM
    Lens Hood
    Circular Polarising Filter
    Fitted Padded Case
    Shoulder Strap
    Front and Rear Caps
    Instruction Manual
    1 Year Warranty Card



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    Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d31ee40) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
    86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x8d262768) out of 5 stars The SIGMONSTER 1 April 2008
    By Michael A. Hays - Published on Amazon.com
    This is an awesome lens and is a real must-have for birdwatching and other nature photography. The zoom range is extremely flexible and the f-stop reasonably fast, but keep in mind that this is a very, very specialized lens. First of all, yes, it is gigantic! This is not something you'll be carrying around day-to-day. It can be very challenging to get sharp pictures at focal lengths beyond 400mm or so. You MUST MUST MUST use a sturdy, high-end tripod and gimbal head. This will also preclude the "downward fall" described in another review. The lens alone is very heavy, and once you toss in a sturdy tripod you're talking 25+ pounds of equipment at a minimum; this is really going to limit your mobility and affect the way you shoot. It takes a lot of forethought to use this lens, but I prefer to think of that as an advantage.

    When used properly, this lens has fantastic image quality -- very sharp, excellent contrast. When I say sharp, I am talking L-series sharp, even wide open. The HSM focus speed is fast, perhaps slightly slower than Canon's USM but not appreciably so. The only thing it's really missing is image stabilization (or optical stabilization, as Sigma calls it), which would really help out on those long shots. This is a minor limitation, though, to a great lens. If you have the discipline to learn how to use this lens properly (and if you can afford it!), you'll reap some great rewards.
    42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x8d262b70) out of 5 stars Perfect Lens In The Super Telephoto Zoom Range 8 Feb. 2011
    By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    First off, this lens is no toy. It is a serious tool. One of the reviews here is not taking into account the persons ability to know how to use a lens like this. If you do not know how to use the lens, the lens can be no better than the photographer.

    This lens requires support. That can be in the form of a heavy tripod and gimbal head, or it can be in the form of bean bags. Bags over the lens and well as under it.

    A 800mm lens can see the effects of a 3 mph wind going gently by. Would not doubt it would see the effects of a bug landing on it. This lens needs substantial support. It could also benefit from mirror lock up, and a remote shutter, or a delayed timer.

    If you are not going to take the time to learn how to use it, and then take the time to set it up, do not bother getting this lens. It will do you no good at all. Stick with the kit lens that came with your camera.

    However, if you are a pro, this is a serious pro lens. It will knock your socks off! No other lens on the planet will do what this lens will do. 300-800mm Zoom in a constant f/1:5.6. Simply a dream lens!

    As for that other reviewer, enjoy your kit lenses.
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x96eea770) out of 5 stars Best Value - Super-Duper Telephoto lens with Zoom to boot 22 Aug. 2014
    By Christopher W. Koffend - Published on Amazon.com
    I have owned this lens now for one year. For most people, this is not a lens that one shoots with everyday, so it does not get the same amount of use as more typical lenses; 16-35, 24-70, 700-200 etc.

    First, the downside of this lens:

    It is big, quite big and heavy. Tracking it around, say in the woods, wet marshland, waters edge, where footing is not always ideal is not as easy as one might expect by just looking at the "weight" of it. It does require a good, heavy duty tripod and head. While I use a Manfrotto CF pod and their pseudo gimbal (which I actually prefer over my now former Wimberly), expect to spend close to another $1K on tripod and head if you do not already have a suitable duty one. Then plan to track this equipment along with you as well.

    Next issue is that it lacks OS/IS or VR (image stabilization). Is this a big issue? It varies by person as their opinion on that. For much of what I use this lens for, it's lack of this feature is less noticeable. Though I have to be honest, I think it would be nice if it did have it!

    Final negative: at 800mm it is operating in it's weakest performance point. I try to keep my shooting to 700mm and find I get better results in all regards. The 800mm is usable, great to have if/when needed.

    Those "negative's" aside, I really do like this lens and the zoom aspects of it. I have 3 other telephoto or long telephoto lenses (300 2.8 IS, 400 5.6 for hiking, 500mm non-IS - all by Canon). The beauty of the Sigma is the zoom allows me to tiringly take this single lens for a day of wildlife shooting (from a tele perspective) and really have all my bases covered. I find that any image quality I give up by using this lens vs. any of the above Canon lenses is very minimal and if not side by side, unnoticeable.

    Does it focus as fast as the above referenced Canons? I would say based on my experiences is that any differences in focus speed are unnoticeable at 700mm or less. My missed focus shots are typically a result of operator error and not putting my focus point where it should be (on the subject), which of course is not the lenses fault.

    Do I get a lower keeper rate with this lens than the above referenced Canon lenses? Yes. But I attribute that to the increased focal length I typically shoot at. My keeper rate between the 300mm Canon to the 500mm Canon also results in a reduced keeper rate. The longer focal length, the tougher technically it is to shoot successfully.

    Can this lens take stunning, great detailed, in focus, saturated pictures? Absolutely.

    Will you get stunning, highly detailed, in focus pictures? Probably not at first, unless you have experience shooting a full size 500, or 600mm lens. The importance of good technique increases along with the focal length. Practices that may be less than perfect may work with a 200 or 300mm lens, but they won't with a 600-800mm lens. Keep that in mind and if you do buy one, make a point to practice often when you first get it, especially if you are buying it for a special trip!

    In my opinion, this may be one of the best values in a super telephoto lens for somebody who wants it all, but also lives in the real world and is not paid for their photography. This lens in a professional's hands will produce print results that are indistinguishable from the Canon 600 or 800mm lenses.
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x8d262be8) out of 5 stars I love this lens. Great for moon shots! 31 Dec. 2014
    By L. Mckinnon - Published on Amazon.com
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    I love this lens. I have only had it a month, I have used it with my Nikon D7100 to take some really unbelievable shots of the moon. I received it late afternoon and the first night got some really great shots. No learning curve. 300mm lets you zoom out to get some nice shots without having to change lens. It is heavy and a handful to put in the tripod if it is in the full up position.
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x8d262dd4) out of 5 stars Awsome Lense!!!!!!! 25 Dec. 2012
    By KKeesy - Published on Amazon.com
    I bought the Nikon version of this lens when it first came out.It started out on an F5.D1 D1X D2Xs and now a D7000.I have had it from Alaska to Florida in all kinds of conditions.A few years after, I had it I sold my Nikon 600 f4.It would be the last lens that I would ever get rid of.The sharpness is amazing.I have stacked 2 Sigma 2x's for moon and other astro shots and they are tack sharp.True it is heavy and requires a sturdy tripod.Use long lens techniques,I think it is one on the finest lenses out there.I've been a photographer for over forty years and don't comment a lot,but this is one time I did.
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