Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
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The Best Lens Ever!! Will use it when i get out of the hospital
Mohammed T. Raza "Fiddle1999", Amazon
18 October 2013
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: 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.
Summary: Was as big as I anticipated though a little heavier. Takes a little extra effort to maneuver onto the tripod. Also not nearly as easy to pan and swing to chase an object. Also at 18 pounds - plus another 18 pounds for tripod/gymbal - this rig is not going to be going as many places as other combinations. Could probably walk and hand hold a smaller combination much closer to a subject than this lens would permit. But it will depend on what and how you are shooting!
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.
Summary: I bought the Nikon version of this lens when it first came out.It started out on an F5.D1 D1X D2Xs and now a D7000.I have had it from Alaska to Florida in all kinds of conditions.A few years after, I had it I sold my Nikon 600 f4.It would be the last lens that I would ever get rid of.The sharpness is amazing.I have stacked 2 Sigma 2x's for moon and other astro shots and they are tack sharp.True it is heavy and requires a sturdy tripod.Use long lens techniques,I think it...
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: 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: 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.
Summary: First off, this lens is no toy. It is a serious tool. One of the reviews here is not taking into account the persons ability to know how to use a lens like this. If you do not know how to use the lens, the lens can be no better than the photographer. This lens requires support. That can be in the form of a heavy tripod and gimbal head, or it can be in the form of bean bags. Bags over the lens and well as under it.