Reviews and Problems with Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX APO DG HSM
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Sigma 100mm f/4 lens
10 September 2009
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: Excellent optically and gives unparalleled reach and ability to frame shots. Heavy and demands care in handling. Before purchase I tried 600mm f4 and could detect little difference in quality. The flexibility of the zoom made the decision on purchase easy.
Pros: Extreme reach, Sharp, Brilliant rotating filter system
Cons: Heavy (but this is unavoidable) Finish is good but not great. Attracts lots of attention. Case provided is OK for storage but not for carrying. I have a Lowepro Super Trekker which will carry this and a range of other kit.
Summary: Easy to use, Quick, silent focussing with almost no hesitation on my Nikon DSLR's Shows virtually no vibration. Can be used wide-open at f5.6. Can be propped on the car widow frame for quick wildlife shots. Good finish.
Pros: Natural colors, sharp images that can be blown up to see excellent captured details., Very quick focussing that can be tweeked or over-ridden manually., A joy to use and fairly easy to carry, either by the supplied strap or by its handle.
Cons: The case is made of stout canvas and protects the lens well. However the zippers along each side could be heavier.
Summary: I own this lens a little over a year and I am very pleased with the results. I hesitated between the Nikon 500 and this lens. The Nikon had more contrast and sharpness and a more bluish character. I use it for birdphotography. I like it’s versatility. The ability to zoom gives you a high hitrate. With 300mm you search and once you found your target you zoom in. The color, contrast and sharpness is very pleasing.
Pros: Color, Zoom, contrast, sharpness. Excellent to 700mm very good @ 800mm
Cons: Yes it is heavy!, The finish of the lens. Use lense Coat!
Summary: The Sigma 300 - 800mm zoom lens is nice in it's own right, but when you compare the options and the prices of those options; the Sigma lens takes on an even more superlative quality. It isn't cheap, but millimeter for millimeter it is roughly 3 times less expensive than a 600mm Nikon f4. When I went to pick it up at BCC, the store was packed. When we uncrated it to check how it fared through shipping and to test it, everyone stopped to look at it and ask about it.
Pros: Silent, fast focusing. I've noticed little in the way of "hunting". Compared to the Nikon 80 - 400mm VR lens, it doesn't "hunt" at all., Smooth, convenient zooming. Find your target at 300mm and shoot it at 800mm., Beautiful clarity and contrast.
Cons: Heavy. Stable when properly mounted or propped, but very unwieldy otherwise. Long too. No hard case included. It comes in a nice soft, padded carrying case. A hard case would have been better.
Summary: A great lens in the super telephoto range. Sharp at the full range. Good contrast and color. When used with my Canon Mark II AF is right on and reasonably fast for such a range. Also, if you use the cheapo (not SP)Tamron 1.4x or 2x extenders, full autofocus is maintained.
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