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

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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
UPC: 085126195557
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
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 9.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.5 x 10.3 x 10.3"
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.
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    Sigma300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
    • Strong construction (9)
    • Consistent output (7)
    • Durable (5)
    • Easily interchangeable (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Blurry focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (9)
    • Wildlife photos (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Night photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    5.0

    A Terrific lens for wildlife and birds!

    By Hawkeye

    from South Africa

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I purchased this lens to use on my Nikon D800. It is fabulous and has done well for me. It has one drawback, and that is the weight. I fly a lot in small Cessna's around parks in Africa with safari clients and weight is becoming more and more of an issue with charter airline companies.
    Its a choice between crystal clear images and taking but a handful of clothes to wear!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome lens, great bang for the buck!

    By Nikon Mark

    from Morristown, TN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I bought this lens about 8 years ago and use it mainly for nature and wildlife. It's sharp and stays sharp even with the 1.4 Sigma teleconverter. It looses a little bit with the 2.0 Sigma teleconverter but if you're able to shoot at f8 it's pretty darn sharp. Focus speed is fast, slows down a bit with the 2.0 tc but all lenses slow down with 2.0 tc's. I use the lens with the Sigma TS-41 which helps with stability when used on a heavy Induro tripdo, BDH-3 ballhead and a Induro BHDA Gimbal Head. The pictures wide open are very, very sharp and loses nothing with the 1.4 tc. Best of all, I bought the lens used from B&H and saved a $ for a LN- lens!

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      (1 of 5 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.

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      • 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.

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          (6 of 6 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.

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            • 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.

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            • 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.

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            • 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.

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            • No

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            (7 of 38 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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