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Keywords: Sigma Canon Nikon Tele Zoom 35mm DG HSM APO


roaniecowpony

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 4
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO review by roaniecowpony
Review Date: 5/31/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,000.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good color, contrast, bokeh, speed and sharpness,
Cons: AF could be faster, slight softness wide open

This is a great zoom range for the sports and aviation shooter. Nikon needs to cover this range with a VR lens. This lens would benefit from Sigma's new Optical Stabilization (OS). I bought this lens used and have used it for aviation mainly, but also some children playing shots, on my D300 (1.5 crop). I've shot it almost all handheld. When using it for kids playing (similar to sports), the focus speed limitations start to show. But then, I'm spoiled with the fast focus of the Nikon 70-200 AFS VR. It's slightly soft at 2.8/300mm and gets better as it's stopped down, coming to very sharp at f5.6 and seemingly even better at f8. I haven't shot enough at the lower end of focal length to judge. Color and contrast are amazing. It gives a great bokeh that is nice and soft/creamy. This is a pro piece of glass and its heavy at around 6lbs. Corners look great on my D300, but you'd expect that of a fullframe lens on a 1.5x crop camera. I suspect this lens will get updated with OS soon and it would make this excellent lens even better. This lens seems to be very popular, yet SLRgear has yet to test it or the 100-300 f4 Sigma that both have a large Nikon following due to lack of coverage from Nikon. SLRgear would be serving the photographic community well to test both of these lenses.
Akeyzerr

Registered: May 2008
Posts: 3
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO review by Akeyzerr
Review Date: 5/18/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Speed, versatility, range coverage, relative cost, calibration capabilities
Cons: weight, filter size, lack of IS/OS/VR

I get these lenses to shoot concerts and sports events. And I love the versatility of it. At 2,8 is a bit soft, but at 3,2-3,5 its great for the purpose(high speed@low-light@long distance).
For portraiture I recommend the Canon EF70-200/2,8 USM IS L(I use mainly the Canon system).
lextalionis

Registered: October 2007
Posts: 82
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO review by lextalionis
Review Date: 3/17/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $2,750.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very very sharp lens...only a wee bit of edge-softness at 300mm and f/2.8
Cons: Heavy, AF isn't as fast as expected, some Canon 1-series may have focus issues.

A truly remarkable Sigma Zoom. This is a wonderful sports and nature lens. Works very well with the Sigma TC's...highly recommend!


Sample photos taken with a Nikon D200 and Canon 5D


-Lex


 






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