Reviews and Problems with Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM
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Look for bargins now that the Sport version is out.
22 October 2013
Summary: I picked mine up from Adorama new for $2500 after the sport version came out, they are basically giving it away. 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?
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 was looking for a relatively high magnification telephoto lens for a birding trip to Florida with a Photography Club. The leader and another member had the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8, another member had the Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3, another had the Sigma 150-500 f5-6.3, another had a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6, still another had a Canon fix magnification 400mm f4.
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.
Summary: The long and the short of it is is that it is a remarkable piece of glass given the price point - very sharp at the center and very contrasty. I wrote an in depth review at the Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum ([...]). The review includes several samples - including a bunch with both 1.4 and 2x teleconverters for people who may be interested. The lens was used for several months and in a variety of situations - from great weather to snow and rain. [...
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'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: 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.