Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG /HSM
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I would recommend this lens for sports and nature photography
3 January 2014
Summary: I have been involved in photography for almost 40 years. This lens was in perfect condition at a great price on ebay. I love it, with a teleconverter and my Nikon D7000 this lens becomes a 900mm. Perfect for photographing Birds, especially Eagles in my Area. I have a 400mm Nikon Lens and this Sigma is just as sharp, quick focus and very easy to use.
Summary: This lens just does not get enough respect. I have waffled between this lens and a canon 300 2.8 v1. Finally decided to give this a go because of the used price. Initially had about the same results as the SLRgear review which is ok but not in the Canon league. but after I adjusted the MFA the center sharpness is outstanding now. Took a +20 MFA but wow what a difference. I wonder if the SLRgear review made a similar adjustment.
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO review by gary1952
28 September 2013
Summary: I own this lens in the Pentax mount and used it for about two years. I then moved to Canon and bought the 300 IS and now the Caono 300 II lens. First I am comparing against the Canon lenses. The Canon 300 II has no equal IMO. Rarely use the Sigma lens now. It is a good lens. Without a T.C. it is very good. I get nice fairly sharp shots. And with minimum sharpening it is definitely usable. To get professional quality photos. I totally disagree with the other reviewer.
Pros: Small, compact, easy to use, fairly sharp
Cons: No extras what so ever. Mine is for Pentax and screw AF
Summary: I bought this lens primarily for sports photography and in no way has it disappointed. I had been using my Canon 100-400 but it was jus too slow, though I like the reach it afforded me for times when the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 just wasn't long enough. So I took a shot on this beauty since it was much more affordable than the Canon equivalent and haven't regretted it for a second.
Summary: Using Nikon gear almost exclusively, I worried about the optics of the Sigma. It didn't take long before I was very pleasantly surprised. The lens has super fast focus, super quiet motor (which will help with wildlife photos) and is compact. I can carry this lens in a Domke shoulder bag with camera and hood attached. I've also shot the Nikon 300 2.8 AF-D and I honestly can't tell you which one would focus quicker. I really like the 'compact-ability' of this lens.
Summary: I wanted more reach for wildlife photography wanted so I settled on the this lens for use with my Nikon D90. I find it to be sharp even with the 2X teleconverter. I use it with a monopod mostly except for birds in flight. It is heavy and the only monopod head I could find to handle it is the one from Really Right Stuff. The build quality looks to be excellent. If they ever made a stabilized version, which they will one day, the big boys will be hurtin'.
One of the best 300 mm F2.8 Prime Lenses for the money
salty dawg, Amazon
29 January 2010
Summary: I have had this lens (in Canon) for over 10 years and it still works flawlessly - I can honestly say this lens performs with the best in class at any price including Canon - the only Cons are it's BIG AND HEAVY - due to it's size it's AF motor is not as fast as a smaller lens - also no external filter avail to fit the huge lens - it uses smaller internal filters - the Lens Hood w/rubber tip doubles as a shock-bump protector for the lens and is well forward of the Main...
Summary: I have bought a copy of this lens for a pentax k-20 and k-7. It is the worst lens i have in my collection. The international warrenty is completly useless. Do not travel and buy this lens. I have had it for three months and it is a good paper weight. I have tried to get international warrenty on the lens and no one in asia services the lens or does not have the equipment to work on it. The autofocus is so far out it is worthless.