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Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D USA

You Pay: $3,399.00
Product Highlights
  • Telephoto

The Sigma APO 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens is an ultra compact Apochromatic telephoto lens with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, and incorporates two Extraordinary Low Dispersion glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum. It incorporates internal focusing which enables responsive and fast autofocus speed. A detachable tripod socket and rotatable drop in filter holder are also included.

The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This lens is specially coated to get the best color balance while cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. The lens provides the utmost correction against lateral chromatic aberration which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras.

With the use of the optional Sigma APO teleconverters, this lens can be used as a 420mm f/4 AF ultra-telephoto lens with a 1.4X EX teleconverter, or a 600mm f/5.6 AF ultra-telephoto lens with a 2X teleconverter.

Note! HSM lenses, while able to manually focus with all Nikon F-mount cameras, will not autofocus with certain older film AF cameras. This is the same limitation as with Nikon's own AF-S lenses. Incompatible models are: N60, N55, N8008/s, N6006, N5005, N4004 & N2020.

Hyper Sonic Motor for quiet & smooth AF with fulltime manual focus override
Two ELD glass elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast
Internal focusing with a non-rotating front
A drop-in 46mm filter holder in the rear part of the lens barrel can be rotated to facilitate the use of filters, including a polarizing filter
Removable tripod collar
Built in front protective filter
The rounded 9-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
Performance
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 8.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 8.20' (2.50 m)
Magnification 0.01x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.7 x 8.4" (11.94 x 21.34 cm)
Weight 5.28 lb (2.39 kg)
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D
  • Front Cover
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Carry Case with Strap
  • 46mm UV Filter
  • 46mm Circular Polarizing Filter
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Sigma300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D
     
    3.9

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Easily interchangeable (4)

    Cons

    • Blurry focus (3)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (7)
    • Wildlife photos (5)
    • Night photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Impressed with the speed and sharpness

    I was very impressed with the fast focus speed and sharpness of the lens, even with the 1.4 converter.

    I was very impressed with the fast focus speed and sharpness of the lens, even with the 1.4 converter.

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    Consistent Performance Lacks Sharpness

    I used this lens on a wildlife trip to India. It was lighter than the similar Nikon lens and autofocused consistently with the Sigma 2x tele-converter attached (which is not true with my Nikon...Read complete review

    I used this lens on a wildlife trip to India. It was lighter than the similar Nikon lens and autofocused consistently with the Sigma 2x tele-converter attached (which is not true with my Nikon lens/2X teleconverter). I was very unhappy with the lack of sharpness, though. My wildlife images just did not "pop" like they do with the Nikon lens. For my next trip I need to decide whether I want consistent performance (Sigma)all of the time, or sharp pictures (Nikon)some of the time.

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Consistent Performance Lacks Sharpness

    By Wildlife traveler

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Works Well With Sigma 2x

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Lacks Sharpness

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    I used this lens on a wildlife trip to India. It was lighter than the similar Nikon lens and autofocused consistently with the Sigma 2x tele-converter attached (which is not true with my Nikon lens/2X teleconverter). I was very unhappy with the lack of sharpness, though. My wildlife images just did not "pop" like they do with the Nikon lens. For my next trip I need to decide whether I want consistent performance (Sigma)all of the time, or sharp pictures (Nikon)some of the time.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great pictures

    By Macrolor

    from Damariscotta, Me

    Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    I have been using it for nature shots. Nice clear, sharp photos. Very well made, sturdy lens. Because of the large aperture and quality it is heavy. As a 64 year old female I am still able to use it without a tripod, so it is manageable. Ouse on my Nikon D300.

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    4.0

    Great alternative sports lens

    By JAK

    from NYC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

      Can't compare it to one of nikon's or canon's 300mm f2.8's, but it focuses fast, works well, and is a cheaper alternative to the more expensive options

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT LENS! SUPER SHARP!

      By hootowl62

      from Old Bridge, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

        WOW! what a beautiful lens! built like a tank. super sharp. fast focus. manual focus ring has a solid smooth well damped quality feel. the whole lens says quality. i use it for wildlife. i can get down on one knee and hand hold it. works great with the sigma teleconverters. only thing missing is os. i added the sigma ts-41 tripod collar and it was a big improvement.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Impressed with the speed and sharpness

        By Jippie5735

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I was very impressed with the fast focus speed and sharpness of the lens, even with the 1.4 converter.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great lens

          By JJ

          from San Diego

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Sharp wide open

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Features
          • NEWS
          • Sports

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I was skeptical about getting this lens but I decided to bite the bullet and see how it performed. To say I was blown away by the results would be an understatement. Image quality has been on par with both the Canon and Nikon equivalents. The copy I have has no issues with back focusing and is tack sharp wide open. The lens itself is a little heavy but it's easily hand holdable.
          Drawbacks are I have found that the lens hood sometimes falls off even though I screwed it on tight.
          Im very impressed with the quality of the lens I received.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          300mm Sigma Lens

          By Tom Bozman

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          Strong construction; very durable and sleek. Great clarity and focus. Only con is its heavy weight, so I would not recommend this lens to someone who isn't using it on a tripod. My main purpose for using this lens is for surf photography so I will always be using a tripod which negates the weight factor. Great lens for the price compared to Nikon and Canon super telephoto lenses.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (8 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Back Focuses

          By Freddy 2step

          from Somerville NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I used for Action/Sports Photography. Lense often focuses on the person behind the runner, back focus. Not as sharp as my old Nikon 300 2:8. Many told me not to buy, but being the hard head I am, I did. What a mistake. I would say, save your money and get the real thing, Nikon or Canon.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (6 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not what I was looking for...

          By Fred

          from Savannah, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction
          • Takes screw on filters

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Front focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

            Pro baseball, BIF

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very good lens!

            By Rey Pettis

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Quick Focus
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

            I use this lens mainly for photographing wildlife, mainly birds so far. I could not afford the Nikon VR lens which is almost twice as much. I often use it with the Sigma 2X TC which is about $200 cheaper than the New Nikon 2X TC. Cheaper is one thing but I am getting some very good images and feel that I am limited more by the mediocre AF on my D90 than lack of image stabilization. I have not used it in low light but suspect I will. Autofocus is fast when the camera locks on. I wish it was a bit lighter and it had OS but it is more than satisfactory till I can get 500mm f4 VR.

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            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very solid lens

            By Sauk

            from Sandy, UT

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

                I just made the switch to Nikon from Canon so I had to purchase a telephoto. After much research I went for a Sigma 300mm because of the solid reviews the lens has received online.

                To a happy camper it was all that and then some after I received it and used it.

                Sharp, quick and built great. I would recommend this lens to anyone.

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                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great lense at reasonable price

                By Jon

                from Hawaii

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Sharp Focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

                  I use this lens a lot for bikini models and have produced excellent results.

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                  (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

                  Great bokeh sharp focus. includes 2 filters for the drop in. Focuses quickly and with precision. great for the sports photographer on a budget.

                  Items I Recommend: tripod as there is no stabilization

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