Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
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The Lens which Ate my Dog
22 December 2011
Summary: I got this lens for avian photography, with high hopes of its quality and performance. Unfortunately, when they were shipping this lens to me, UPS forgot to feed it. When it arrived at my house, I unpacked it and did the usual new lens tests. I let my dog run in an open field to test the lens speed of focus. As soon as I pressed the shutter, its giant mouth opened to reveal gaping teeth. It chewed my poor animal to bits, and swollewed him away.
Summary: I read with interest the three previous reviews. Unfortunately, I have poor results with this lens. My particular lens required warranty in the first month after purchase. Subsequently, I have returned this lens to Sigma two additional times. The picture quality has gotten worse each time repairs were made, to the point now where the lens is unusable. For my particular type of photography, the advertisements for the lens indicated that it would be a winner.
Excerpt: I was looking at this lens for about 1 year and finally got it. I always test the sharpness of the lens and this lens at 800mm is sharp. It is heavy, but if you have a good heavy tripod, you will get some great sharp images. A great lens but not a carry around type lens.
Pros: Durable, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Very expensive, Very heavy, only "fair" photo quality
David E. Carter, Amazon
29 March 2008
Summary: I bought this product with high hopes. I saw the price, saw the length of the lens, then hoped to be able to get some great nature photos. I used this produce only 5-6 times, all with some difficulty, as the weight of the lens alone is around 15 pounds. Add a heavy Nikon D1 camera, and the tripod has to support nearly 20 pounds. Getting a good photo was difficult, even with a remote shutter control.
Excerpt: If you don't mind lugging around a 12lb lens, this works great. The gimbal head is a must which adds a lot to the weight. If you're into wild life and have a lot of muscle I would recommend the product. They don't have it has an option, but a good sherpa is also recommended. It comes with a back pack which is really not for long distance carrying. I bought the Lowepro and the lens barely fits in it but you can definitely care it farther.
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM review by toondesmit
16 December 2006
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 blue character. I use it for birdphotography. I like itâ€™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.
Summary: Tested two Canon full frame 1DX's on Sandhill Cranes and geese at the ponds at Bosque delApache outside of Socorro NM. Just returned to look at the shots. VERY Happy. The Canons have firmware 1.1.1 Fast to focus, sharp, big (DUH), heavy (DUH) but the shots more than make up for the mass. Mounted on an Opteka GH1 gimbal, using a red dot gunsight reticle ounted on an a cold shoe arm off the body and in falling light a 580EXII with Better Beamer.
Summary: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM APO IF Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras I just got my lens a few days ago and just had a chance to use it today. I went down below the house and set up to take a few pictures of Mt. Hood as we can see it from across the street. You will need a pack mule, 3 teen age kids, and a wagon to pack the tripod lens and body.
The Best Lens Ever!! Will use it when i get out of the hospital
Mohammed T. Raza "Fiddle1999", Amazon
29 September 2006
Summary: Yes this is a very expensive Lens, and not for the faint of heart. I saved and saved and saved up for it but still couldn't afford it. It wasn't easy saving up for it. At first I started making my lunch at home instead of eating out, then I would only drink water when i went out to a bar with the fellas, but sadly i still wasn't saving fast enough to purchase this lens.