Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM
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Does Yoemans Work
1 August 2014
Summary: Quite soft at 2.8, sharpens up nicely by 4. Sometimes has issues when focus has to move from inifinity, will "stall" and require a bit of manual intervention. Beautiful photos though. The range it covers is unique. Heavy. This is a tripod lens, preferably a gimbal.
Summary: This lens is very good. I use it for sports like soccer, football, and baseball. You need a long lens in order to do those sports. I also like the versitility to zoom back out and capture the close stuff with out having to switch cameras as often. With the low light capibility of todays cameras it's no problem with keeping it at 5.6 the whole time. It's a perfect compliment to the Pentax K-3. loving them both together.
This is an awesome lens for an awesome price for Pentax K-3.
Jeremy May, Amazon
16 January 2014
Summary: I purchased this lens from the third party seller "Tri State Camera." They send me the non-OS (optical stabilized) old version of this lens. I was not happy at all. The box that the lens arrived in said it was an "OS" lens, but the lens did not have that feature. I sent the lens back for a full refund. I then purchased this lens elsewhere and it came as advertised. The OS is incredible. It allows me to shoot wildlife at low light levels off-hand.
Summary: I was very pleased with the price until a week later when Sigma came out with a later version of the very same lens, with image stabalization. No wonder I received such a good price! I've delat with other companies in the past who have given me a heads-up on an upcoming change, and the opportunity to buy the later model. Thanks a lot!
Summary: I've looked at this lens for months and finally purchased it. I really wanted to get an OS version but its not available and it will cost a good bit more. This lens is sooooo cool. I short sports and breaking news events. I couldn't ask for more(well maybe a 2.0 version). Its sharp and feels solid and tight. It does feel heavy. You can't hold this thing long without a monopod or tripod. Its a tank.
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.
Excerpt: In looking for a cost effective, high quality lens for wildlife & sports, I settled on the Sigma. While not perhaps quite the overall glass quality of a comparable Nikon lens, the cost difference more than makes up for it. Photos are sharp and, when used with the 2X tele-converter, I'm able to shoot most wildlife that I find. A great lens for the price.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
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.
Conclusion: In my original review, 2007, I said.... "I also got it to use as a 600mm when coupled with a teleconverter. Performance with sigma 2x converter is remarkable: v.good at f5.6 and absolutely superb at f8. If you can't afford a 600mm L, this is very good indeed and certainly the best performance I have ever seen with a 2x converter. In effect I'm using it like two lenses - fast 300mm for sports (handheld or monopod) and a 600mm for wildlife (tripod or beanbag).
Pros: Zoom capability - no other lens in this class. Solid build, excellent performance at this price point. Remarkable performance with 1.4x and 2x converters