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Sigma300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Rugged (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (9)
  • Sports/action (6)
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    • Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (3)
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Better than its reputation

I've used this lens on several trips to the Rocky Mountains for over a year now and this lens consistently delivers very good to superb results up to 700 mm at f5.6, and good...Read complete review

I've used this lens on several trips to the Rocky Mountains for over a year now and this lens consistently delivers very good to superb results up to 700 mm at f5.6, and good results at 800 mm at f6.3. Forget about using it with a Sigma 2x TC - that just degrades the picture quality to useless. The autofocus is super fast, accurate, and quiet. I've photographed Big Horn sheep SPRINTING along a mountain face with this lens and got perfectly sharp pictures!!! Contrast is good/very good, and at f5.6 it beautifully renders the background into a nice, soft blur.

I've tried two combinations to support the lens and eventually decided to invest into a Gitzo GT3541L 6x Tripod and a Wimberley Gimbal Type Tripod Head II to get it right - otherwise, the lens is too heavy to get it steady ... But the weight is no problem once you have it on this combination and it's a delight to use with a Nikon D300 - perfect combination, potentially 1200 mm at 5.6!!!!

The case the lens comes in is useless. It might be okay for storage, but for any other purpose (hiking) you can't use it. Get the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II and it will fit in there with the camera attached and the hood reversed - almost ready to shoot. I've hiked with that combination and the tripod with Gimbal head attached to the side of the Lens Trekker for hours and it was perfectly fine.

If there is one real criticism I have it's the lens shade. It's a bit wobbly, not particularly well-built, and a bit on the short side. A telescope-type lens hood ala Nikon's super-telephoto lenses should be possible for this price. Taking wildlife pics at sunrise can be tricky with this lens because the lens hood doesn't really provide enough protection ...

It's an expensive lens that people like to bash because it's heavy and not a Nikon/Canon ... all those who say negative things about it have "lens-envy", that's all I can say!!! This lens is a super performer in most situations and is perfect for its purpose.

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Does not feature Manual Focus for Nikon

Returned this lens to B&H because it did not feature a manual focus for my Nikon camera. (It does allow for manual for the Sigma and Canon users.) Otherwise, it was...Read complete review

Returned this lens to B&H because it did not feature a manual focus for my Nikon camera. (It does allow for manual for the Sigma and Canon users.) Otherwise, it was heavy, as expected, and did not have VR either so it would have to be on a tripod. The few shots I did take with it were in bright light and fairly sharp up until about 750mm. At the 800mm setting, the image was not as sharp. For the price, I think the lens is really a good one. I probably would have kept it if it had the manual switch....but when I missed out on a shot of an own in the moonlight...well it just had to go back.

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5.0

The Ultimate Telephoto Lens

By 24x36

from Connecticut

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    The title says it all. Sharp and versatile, this lens will get you the shot you want better than all the pricey primes and teleconverters in the world! Nikon and Canon make nothing that compares, with each limiting their maximum zoom focal length to half the focal length of this lens. This lens seemlessly covers every focal length from 300mm to 800mm. Pick your spot, then pick your focal length!

    I won't even list "heavy" as a "con," considering the suitcase of primes and teleconverters that would be required just to dupicate pieces of this lens' range!

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    5.0

    Love this product!!!!!

    By remrock

    from ann arbor, michigan

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    Use this product for my hobby of wildlife photography. Could not be happier!!!

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Gerrym

    from Colorado

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • High Quality Sharp Images
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

      Just purchased the lens and have only used it for a few weeks - but it is outstanding. This lens is not for inexperienced photographers. You need to use a tripod, although I got great shots balancing it on my car window (fast shutter speed). No VR, but you should not use VR on a tripod and you can't hand hold this lens and get a good shot. Not because of the lens - it is too heavy to to keep steady by hand. I have a Nikon 200-400 and I really believe the Sigma's quality is just as good. I have nothing bad to say about it. I am wildlife photographer and this lens is just what I needed. AGAIN THIS IS NOT A LENS FOR INEXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHERS, but only for those who know how to use it.

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      5.0

      Nothing Like It

      By C.Schlaf

      from MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I was pleasantly surprised by this lens. I have been using a 600mm lens for about 10 years now (both Canon and Nikon)
          I was concerned about background blur and sharpness and this lens does it both very well the convenience of being able to zoom
          From 300 to 800 is incredibly handy. A couple items to wish for.
          1.Some type of Image Stabilizer
          2.Focus limiter

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          5.0

          no other lens like it.

          By born_again2510

          from central west coast, Florida

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          here's the deal, I don't own one but my friend does. I have tried it and used it and seen the results on both his D3S and my D7000. Super tack sharp all the way from 300-800, only a prime lens is going to trump it in absolute sharpness. my friend used it on a photo trip for burrowing owls, and his shots were stunning on his D3S. we also used it for some quick shots of the Orion Nebula, and we were able to get good clear definition of the outer violet gas cloud surrounding the star, and with using the D3S without the 2X extender. I can only imagine what it can do for magnification with the 2X converter and on a camera like my D7000. keep in mind this thing is heavy, very hard to handle on your own, get a huge really right stuff head with a massive tripod base, I would not try a mono-pod, too bulky. This would be my lens of choice for my Birding If I could afford it. the shots I took with my D7000 were excellent, I could not notice a sharpness difference between this lens and using my buddies Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII. the light fall off however became limiting at dusk with no additional lighting. UN-matachable during daylight use. anyway, hope this third person view helps.

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          5.0

          A true wildlife telephoto lens

          By Attila

          from Cleveland Ohio

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          Pros

          • Common size filter holder
          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Ideal zoom range
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • No AF limit switch
          • Short lenshood

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I use this lens for over five years for wildlife photography on my Nikon F6 film camera. It come with an UV and polarizing filter, and it's own carring case.
          It not need specialized filters, any 46mm filter can be uesed. Polarizing filter canbe rotate easy with a rotating ring.
          It is a sharp and fast lens. I have no problem at all with the optical quality. Often I use it on 800mm and at f/5,6. Of course even the best lenses - like Nikon or Canon 600mm fix focal lenght lenses - will give a little better quality with stopped down aperture, so it is true for this lens too. I often use it with Sigma 2x or 1,4x teleconverters, and I can't see a quality loss, worth to mention. On a 8' x 6' size projection the picture is still in high quality even at a closer look. Slides always projected at full res. so projected slides are good for quality check. Because the long focal lenght, it is easy to shake the lens during exposure, what makes quality loss. A photographer with this monster lens, need to learn how to use a lens like this size!
          Autofocus is fast and accurate, but it is mostly depends on the lights and camera, cause the AF sensor is in the camera not in the lens! The camera must controll the focus motor until the picture is sharp. If it doesn't, cahnge your camera!
          It doesent have manual AF switch, but HSM lenses for Nikon cameras, doesent had to have one. The lens can be override manually even in AF at any times. Turn off the AF on the camera and the lens work in manual focus only. AF switch on lenses need only to disengage the focus ring, so it will not rotate during AF. But by the HSM system it doesent rotate anyway!
          There is no AF limit switch what would be nice, but I use it in manual focus most of the time.
          There is no image stabilization, but it is too heavy for hand held photography anyway.
          The tripod collar well balanced, so easy to turn the camera between portrait and horizontal format.
          The lenshood is strong and well build but a little short, so I did extended it in a telescopic style like Nikon 600mm lenshood. Sigma should make it that way in a first place.
          The lens case would be great with a back pack style shoulder harness. Otherwise it is useless for hiking, or carry the lens around. A right size photo back pack or a better carring case is recommended.
          It is not a splash proof construction, but a piece of garbage bag do the job, and make it weatherproof when it's need, so I don't care about it. But I did use this lens without extra protection, standing in a swamp, when the whole lens get wet due to morning mist, and I had no problem with it. It has worked just fine.
          The lens is so heavy so it is need a good tripod and a Wimberley gimbal head is recomended. The freedom of composition due to the zoom and the perfect zoom range make this lens, a must for wildlife photographers. I bearly use any other lens for wildlife photography, the Sigma 300-800 cover almost everything I need. I so happy with this lens, I would buy it again.

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          5.0

          Just Get It!

          By Gary

          from Lincoln NE

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Best Bird Lens Made
          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          The lens deserves the title "SigMonster.

          The lens is 2' long with the lens hood attached, and makes for a chore moving the lens about setting up to get your shot. One set up, you master your environment, with an incredible range of 300mm to 800mm. fast speed of f/5.6 even at 800mm!

          The down side of this lens, if there is any, is the case. The zipppers fail after several uses. I am told they will warranty the case, but I have not looked into that. Recomment a LensCoat, as this lens costs more than many cars on the road today. If this lens won't get your shot, purchase a post card!

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          4.0

          So Far so Good

          By Bob

          from New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

              I bought this lens because the zoom range allows me to get pictures(primarily sports from fixed positions) I couldn't otherwise get. My experience supports the very good to excellent image quality up to 700/750 at f 5.6, and good to very good at 800 at f8. I used to be obsessed with image quality but I now believe that a image with good or better image quality is better than no image at all and the zoom range gets me images I couldn't have got before.(I am quite happy with this lens image quality I'm just not sure it matches my 400 f2.8 with 2x extender-particularly my Canon set-up). It seems to focus well. Although it is large I think some folks have made too big of a deal about size. I think it is easier to manage as my 400 f2.8s and I use it regularly on a monopod with no problem. I am content with the build quality, I do not think it is as high as my Canon and Nikon 400s but it is OK

              In evaluating this lens one must consider you are getting a 300-800 zoom for much less than a 800 fixed lens. With this lens you are getting very competitive image quality(and with todays cameras being good at high isos going to f8 to improve quality at 800 is not such a big deal) and autofocus performance. I bought this lens knowing that I might have more repair issues than with a Nikon or Canon but I think it is a good tradeoff for what it offers. This lens has me as excited going into a fall sports schedule as I have been in a long time.

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              3.0

              Does not feature Manual Focus for Nikon

              By adventurous one

              from southern california

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Lens Creep

              Best Uses

              • Birds
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

              Returned this lens to B&H because it did not feature a manual focus for my Nikon camera. (It does allow for manual for the Sigma and Canon users.) Otherwise, it was heavy, as expected, and did not have VR either so it would have to be on a tripod. The few shots I did take with it were in bright light and fairly sharp up until about 750mm. At the 800mm setting, the image was not as sharp. For the price, I think the lens is really a good one. I probably would have kept it if it had the manual switch....but when I missed out on a shot of an own in the moonlight...well it just had to go back.

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              5.0

              Better than its reputation

              By BK

              from Green Bay, WI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Quick Focus
              • Rugged
              • Sharp Focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

              I've used this lens on several trips to the Rocky Mountains for over a year now and this lens consistently delivers very good to superb results up to 700 mm at f5.6, and good results at 800 mm at f6.3. Forget about using it with a Sigma 2x TC - that just degrades the picture quality to useless. The autofocus is super fast, accurate, and quiet. I've photographed Big Horn sheep SPRINTING along a mountain face with this lens and got perfectly sharp pictures!!! Contrast is good/very good, and at f5.6 it beautifully renders the background into a nice, soft blur.

              I've tried two combinations to support the lens and eventually decided to invest into a Gitzo GT3541L 6x Tripod and a Wimberley Gimbal Type Tripod Head II to get it right - otherwise, the lens is too heavy to get it steady ... But the weight is no problem once you have it on this combination and it's a delight to use with a Nikon D300 - perfect combination, potentially 1200 mm at 5.6!!!!

              The case the lens comes in is useless. It might be okay for storage, but for any other purpose (hiking) you can't use it. Get the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II and it will fit in there with the camera attached and the hood reversed - almost ready to shoot. I've hiked with that combination and the tripod with Gimbal head attached to the side of the Lens Trekker for hours and it was perfectly fine.

              If there is one real criticism I have it's the lens shade. It's a bit wobbly, not particularly well-built, and a bit on the short side. A telescope-type lens hood ala Nikon's super-telephoto lenses should be possible for this price. Taking wildlife pics at sunrise can be tricky with this lens because the lens hood doesn't really provide enough protection ...

              It's an expensive lens that people like to bash because it's heavy and not a Nikon/Canon ... all those who say negative things about it have "lens-envy", that's all I can say!!! This lens is a super performer in most situations and is perfect for its purpose.

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              5.0

              Great Super Zoom-telephoto lens

              By YS Yoong

              from Canada

              Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

              I use this lens for almost a year now. It is a great lensand the zoom is specially handy for composing. I love theimages from this lens. I use this lens with Manfrotto 161 MK2B Tripod and 393 Lensbracket. The lens come in its own carrying case.

              Problems Encountered: Too big for carry-on in an airliner.

              Items I Recommend: Manfrotto 161 MK2B Tripod and 393 Lens bracket

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              5.0

              A MUST HAVE FOR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

              By MICHAEL R. DUNCAN

              from BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA

              Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

              I HAVE HAD MY LENS FOR SIX MONTHS AND FIND IT TAKESEXCELLENT QUALITY IMAGES. VERY SMOOTH AND QUIET INAUTOFOCUS, MANUAL FOCUS RING VERY SMOOTH. THE LENSIS EXTREMELY HEAVY, I MOUNT MY RIG ON THE BOGEN/MANFROTTO 3021BN TRIPOD WITH THE 468MGHYDROSTATIC BALL HEAD W/RC3 RELEASE WHICH SEEMSTO BE VERY STABLE ON FLATTER GROUND. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE BOGEN 3421 HEAVY DUTY GIMBAL TYPELENS SUPPORT.

              Problems Encountered: I HAVE NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS AWESOME LENS

              Previous Equivalent Items Owned: SIGMA 50-500MM EX APO (EXCELLENT LENS)

              Items I Recommend: BOGEN/MANFROTTO 468MG W/RC3 BALL HEAD OR GIMBAL SUPPORT

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              5.0

              A wonderful super-telephoto lens

              By Lee Saar

              from USA

              Comments about Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

              I have now had this lens for about one year. It has performed totally up to my expectations. It is a very sharp lens with good build quality. It is indeed heavy, but what would you expect with a 800mm f5.6 lens? The controls are all smooth and silky, and the auto-focus is fast and accurate.I hauled it to the Galapagos Islands and got some wonderful shots with it. Now, it is a super-telephoto, so you need to stabilize it whenever you shot pictures of anything, and if I wished for anything on the lens it would be some form is image stabilization (probably hard to do on big telephotos because just the slightest movement of the lens makes a large movement of the image, and most image stabilizers detect motion of the lens, not the image,)

              Problems Encountered: None, so far

              Previous Equivalent Items Owned: none

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