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Keywords: Sigma Canon Nikon Four-Thirds Tele Zoom 35mm DG HSM


Registered: December 2006
Posts: 3
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM review by toondesmit
Review Date: 12/16/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $6,550.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Zoom, soft color, contrast and sharpness
Cons: finish could be better, heavy

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 it’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. I also own Nikon lenses and I discovered that in CS2 I try to make the Nikons look like the Sigma!
Up until 700 mm the lens is very sharp but also 800mm can be used. Although wide open already gives wonderful images I like to stop down a little. I find myself often choose a higher iso to be able to use f6,3 or f7,1. The only wish I have is that I could focus a little faster in low light.

You can see what I do with the lens at:

You can see that I slowly improve my photography. I like to think that it is thanks to this piece of equipment.

Registered: August 2006
Posts: 1
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM review by broombank
Review Date: 8/20/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $7,500.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: wonderful image quality
Cons: size and weight plus high minimum focussing distance

I saw this lens demonstrated and thought I could never justify spending so much on such a vast product - strange how view change. The important thing to say is that without a gimbal head like a Wimberley it is totally impractical - with one it becomes a dream. The zoom range is wonderful and the action smooth and well engineered . It weighs 13 lbs so humping it about requires a degree of fitness. I took it out to the Bass rock ( Eastern Scotland ) to photograph the Gannet colony in July . The results were absolutely stunning. Sharpness is excellent even at full aperture . Because of the enormous focal length minimum focussing distance is around 20 feet . This can be a problem if the wildlife is tame .
The lens comes in a heavy duty and very practical case like a holdall which is easy to use and big enough to keep the camera ( a Nikon D2X) in place during transport . This makes management apart from the weight very simple. Overall I cannot sing its praises too highly.


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