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.
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.
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: 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.
Summary: Fantastic lens. Soft at the far ends. It is the Sigmonster for sure. It's great for those that are looking to take some fantastic shots at incredible lengths, but not for those that plan to sell those shots to National Geographic (let's face it, most of us aren't). As such, a very fun lens. The focusing does not change the length of the lens which was a nice touch. It would be useless if not for this feature, but they definitely thought about the product.
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.
Best Value - Super-Duper Telephoto lens with Zoom to boot
Christopher W. Koffend "ckoffend", Amazon
29 September 2006
Summary: I have owned this lens now for one year. For most people, this is not a lens that one shoots with everyday, so it does not get the same amount of use as more typical lenses; 16-35, 24-70, 700-200 etc. First, the downside of this lens: It is big, quite big and heavy. Tracking it around, say in the woods, wet marshland, waters edge, where footing is not always ideal is not as easy as one might expect by just looking at the "weight" of it.
Summary: I have been using the Canon version of this lens & it is sharp wide open!! No stop down required unless you need DOF! Focus is fast & accurate. The first thing I did was do a true test of it's sharpness wide open & it's sharp. It does take some practice & wow it is not soft at 300 or 800mm in anyway. I use it with a Manfrotto Wilderness Tripod mounted to a Jobu J3 3 Gimbal kit ..... absolutely perfect.