Reviews and Problems with Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM
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Fantastic fast f2.8 zoom all the way to 300mm
2 May 2013
Summary: This is a real gem of a lens. Very fast (f2.8 through the entire zoom range), allowing the capture of quality images in lower light situations than smaller aperture zooms. Reaching all the way to 300mm provides the photographer with an excellent tool for sports as well as capturing candid people shots from a distance. I have found the images to be extremely sharp even at f2.8 and have not been disappointed in any way with this lens.
Summary: I wanted this lens for its range and its wide bright aperture. It is sharp. Not as sharp as its OS replacement but the price used was irresistible. The motor is not as fast as I wanted it to be. My Sigma 50-500 was faster motorwise but not by much. It runs silent. The lens' feel is solid. It's rings move smoothly - focusing and zoom. The lens works great with the Sigma 1.4x TC and even with the 2.0x. It focuses the same with or without the TCs mentioned.
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO review by sonylover1
8 August 2012
Summary: Bought this lens after long consideration and after testing a used non OS version. Very pleasent surprise after testing on birds and wildlife. Have a supersharp Canon 100-400 but need more reach and better F plus full AF which is imposible witch Canon and a TC (unless you go for 1D). It possible to reach 600 mm and with my 7D it equals 960 mm. With the very good 3 step OS and full AF i have managed BIF shots impossible with the Canonlens.
Pros: Sharp wide open, super sharp from 6.3. Takes TC with full AF. 2x very good from f9. OS
Cons: Heavy. Inconsistent AF wich requires micradjustment. Contrast a bit weak.
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO review by pjammes
27 November 2011
Summary: I purchase this lens in july 2011. It's an amazing zoom near equivalent to the Nikon 300mm 2.8 vr. It is a very performant lens and more versatile than a fix for a price very competitive. No regret at all.
Summary: I'll start off by saying that, no, this lens isn't as sharp as the Canon 300mm f/2.8, but I'll also say that it doesn't make nearly as big of dent in your wallet plus it offers the versatility of a zoom all in one, large, heavy package. I debated over getting this lens after I realized my Canon 100-400L just wasn't cutting it when it came to separating the subject from the background. This lens fit the budget at the time so I picked up a used copy.
Summary: What a great lens! I shoot only Canon L lenses. This is now my exception. Used on a 1.6x body, makes an incredibly versatile sports lens. Just as sharp or sharper than my 70-200 2.8 L. Highly recommended. Sells for 3K new. Bought on Ebay for around 1700 USD. With exception of the durability of the finish, build is exceptional. Just wish it was white.
Summary: After few months of debating, I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy this lens. I picked up a used one (non DG version). Based on reviews and the fact this lens covers such a great range I thought this could be a perfect choice. I needed a lens for sport events, something versatile, sharp and fast and within a reasonable price range.
Summary: I am a NIKON user and there was no NIKON lens with the features I wanted that covered this range. I have a NIKON 400 f/2.8 that is VERY heavy. I have a NIKON 18-200 that is not a very fast lens. Nikon does make a 80-400 but it is a fairly slow lens and cannot reasonably take a tele-extender. The 100-300 F/4 was light enough to hand hold and fast enought that if desired I could put a tele-extender on it. With the telextender the lens is 420mm at f/5.6.
Summary: Have owned this lens in Canon fitting for 6 weeks now. Image quality is excellent, the image stabilization works really well and the build quality is very good. Comes with a 3 year Sigma warranty which is reassuring. This is a fast lens at f2.8, if a little on the heavy side, however I knew the weight when I ordered it so it's not a negative point but I tend to use my Canon 70-300 IS for long walkabouts and 'off-the-hip' shots and the Sigma for the rest.
Summary: I have been using a Canon 70 - 200mm f2.8 lens with a x2 Canon converter and that was really good but not quite long enough for my natural history photography and I bought this lens as the Canon equivalent is much more expensive. It is a truly stunning lens - details of birds feathers like I have never seen before! It works well with both Canon x2 and x1.4 converters.