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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM
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100% of reviewers 1,150.00 8.0
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Description: This lens has two SLD (the special low dispersion) glass elements in front group and another element of SLD is being used for rear group for excellent correction of chromatic aberration.

The AF drive is equipped with a silent, responsive and high speed HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) which also provides full-time manual focus function.

Key Features

* Lens Construction: 18 Elements in 16 Groups
* Angle of View: 20.4 -8.2 degrees
* Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 Blades
* Minimum Aperture: f/32
* Minimum Focusing Distance: 150-250cm
* Maximum Magnification: 1:8.6
* Filter Size: 105mm
* Dimensions: Diameter 112.8mm x Length 271mm
* Weight: 2600g
Keywords: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX APO DG HSM lens


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Joe T
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Registered: March 2005
Location: Amersham, Bucks
Posts: 978
Review Date: Wed June 7, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: 1,150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, wide aperture, focal length
Cons: Very heavy, no VR/IS/OS

I bought this lens from HK (via D-Rev), hence the price.

Its a great lens for motrosport and wildlife. It is much more flexible than the big primes, and much cheaper than the Canon or Nikon 300 2.8s. For motorsport, the zoom is incredibly useful.

I use it with a Sigma 1.4 TC with no problems.

Due to the weight, I nearly always use it with a monopod (Giottos P-Pod). I have managed to learn to pan using a monopod, which isnt always easy.

I dont think it mounts all that well onto my D70 - there is still some 'play' in the connection, which is a pain.

If you cant afford a Canon/Nikon 300 2.8 and would like a lens of this quality, then I would recommend it.
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M1ke A
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Sussex
Posts: 542
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: How many other 120 - 300 f2,8's are there? :-)
Cons: No focus limit, sometimes sluggish af tracking

I don't own this myself but have used a friend's one for at least half a dozen shoots.

Yes it's big (2.6Kg) but all 2.8 lenses are. I have happily handheld it whilst at Marwell Zoo but have always plonked it on a monopod for cycling and runnng events.

Build quality is excellent though the hood is a tad short in my opinion.

Image quality again is excellent and shooting at 300mm f2.8 is very addictive though does require some technique adjustments on your part My biggest issue is the focus tracking can be quite sluggish. In a sequence of 5 shots, 2 will be spot on, 1 ok and the other 2 will have wandered. Some focus limits would be very handy and would possibly solve this.

That said no one else does a lens in this range and at this price, which in the scheme of things is pretty reasonable . I now have a Canon 300 f4IS and 70-200 f2.8IS which cover this range. Of course these two lenses are more expensive and two lenses aren't obviously as convenient as one.

At time of writing (2nd Jan 08) Purely Gadget have them at 1345 - http://www.purelygadgets.co.uk/showp...1132&wysiwyg=9
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