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: Sharp, Fast lens. Weight and focus ring take some getting use to. After 3 weeks - 8 Soccer games and close to 2000 shots, I've realized roughly a 95% success rate of subject being on frame and in focus. Images taken with the D90 are fantastic even on cloudy conditions. Long reach zoom is a must for outdoor sports, as long as you have a monopod.
Summary: I used a few Sigma lenses over the years mainly a 24-70 2:8 for basketball and a 300 2:8 for Football. More than half of the images were trashed because the lens back focused. Instead of locking on to the runner (football) it locked on to the defended (person behind) I have shot for many large news organizations and would rather pay the extra buck for a real pro lens such as Nikon or Cannon.
Summary: I'm a hobbiest and I shoot high school and college sports. I bought this lens because I own a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and I need greater range for soccer, baseball and football. I'm not satisfied with Sigma's 1.4x teleconverters and I find them unreliable and soft above 75% of the prime focal length of the lens the TC is attached to.
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.