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 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: 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.