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SigmaTelephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (10)
  • Wildlife photos (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fast * Sharp * BUT...

At about half the price of the Canon EOS 300 f/2.8 this lens in 100% worth the money. I have used mine for high school, college and professional sports as well as news...Read complete review

At about half the price of the Canon EOS 300 f/2.8 this lens in 100% worth the money. I have used mine for high school, college and professional sports as well as news and events with my Canon 1D. I like that just like my Canon lenses this lens features full time manual focus. Nice for sports when your trying to focus on an area when there isn't a subject there (yet). I love using it with the sigma 1.4x converter! Images are just as sharp as without and the focus is just as fast.

Problems Encountered: There are two things that remind me that this is NOT a Canon. (other than it is black)First, and most annoying, is the lack of a focus limit switch. Without this when the lens jumps focus... GONE! The lens racks all the way trying to find the subject again. Second, the tripod (monopod) mount and bracket are really stiff and yet loose? the camera and lens don't rotate very smoothly when the lock nob is released and when the lock knob is locked the lens will still turn... Go figure? This is particularly annoying when you have mounted the camera for remote shooting in the vertical position and the weight of the battery slowly rotates the camera and lens.

Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Nikon 300 f/2.8 Canon 400 f/2.8

Items I Recommend: White gaffers tape. Tape over the black to keep lens cooler in the sun

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing for my uses

Bought this mostly for night field sports (baseball, football, etc) and was disappointed with the lens. The same / similar issues others have noted. The focus was sometimes off (front focused)...Read complete review

Bought this mostly for night field sports (baseball, football, etc) and was disappointed with the lens. The same / similar issues others have noted. The focus was sometimes off (front focused) or just too slow to get the shot. I also had a problem with the lens rotating within the tripod lock ring -- after tightening the lock ring the lens tends to drift slightly. Sort of frustrating but tollerable.

I shot a night baseball game at a stadium with the Sigma a week after renting the Canon 300/2.8 to shoot a game in the same stadium so I was able to compare the results from the two lenses. While Some of my images were off with the Canon the ratio was about what I'd expect from a night game but I had far fewer keepers with the Sigma. Its frustrating to lose shots to shoddy equipment. I have returned the Sigma.

This lens would probably be ok for more stationary uses but that is not what I need it for. There is no doubt that I'll save up and buy the canon.

On the plus side, the soft case is easier to carry than Canon's hard case.

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5.0

Excellent lens and completely reliable

By The Astronomy Dude

from Virginia

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Bang For Your Bucks
  • Compact
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Durable Lens Hood
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Tough Exterior Finish

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Astrophotography
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro With Extention Tube
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

I have had this lens for many years. I have used almost every lens in this focal length and this is the one I go to. I have sold my long Canon lenses because I could not see the extra expense when the Sigma does everything I ask of it. I shoot sports, wildlife, action, astrophotography, and most anything else, and this lens has never let me down. It is sharp, and excellent contrast. Every once in a while it will miss focus, but so did my Canons. A big plus is how compact this lens is. It is easy to store in a bag or a small case. I also like the finish. It less attention grabbing then the "look at me" Canons, and it is far less likely to show bumps and abrasions than the white Canon finish. Save your money, buy the Sigma.

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4.0

J would buy this product again

By None

from BOSTON. MA

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I have used the lens for three soccer matches since I got it and I am so far pleased with the image quality. I like the weight and auto focus tracking.

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    1.0

    Not worth the money

    By Roheenie

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Lacks Contrast
    • Lacks Resolution
    • Poor lens hood

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I wanted a telephoto lens with an f/2.8 capability and planned to extend the range with teleconverters mostly for nature/wildlife photography. I read reviews and watched YouTube videos (not many available due to the newness of this product) and it sounded great. I could not afford the Canon equivalent. When I received it, I immediately tested it's focusing abilities throughout its f-stop range. I found it to be very soft until about f/5.6, and even then, not the same tack sharpness that I have with my Canon lenses. This lens also lacks resolution and contrast, producing images that look flat and lifeless. It did snap to focus very quickly but that's about the only positive remark I have. The lens hood also had a habit of falling off. I returned it and am now happy with the Canon 400mm f/5.6 prime and the Canon 70-200mm zoom for the same price as this Sigma.

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    5.0

    The Sleeper Lens of the 300mm f2.8 kind.

    By Big "O"

    from Gardena Ca

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I shoot from motorsports to high school football and I knew that I was going to have to eventually invest in a 300mm 2.8 to be able to take on more projects but I did not want to go broke making a lens purchase.

    What I find great about the lens is that it is affordable,and it appears to be somewhat more compact than other 300mm f2.8 that are on the market.The Sigma 300mm f2.8 has a fast focus and reasonably priced and the color(Black) allows me to blend in with the activities on the sideline.

    The only thing that was not great about the lens is that it is not readily available and it had to be ordered online I could not just walk into the store and purchase the lens my only complaint,however the staff @ B & H fixed that as well,the lens was ordered on a Friday and I received it bright and early on a saturday morning(very next day) just in time for my next event.

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    5.0

    Qualiry Lens

    By Rajun Cajun

    from Beaufort, South Carolina

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I photograph wildlife primarly. The 2.8 F stops really has impproved the clarity of my photos and ability to shoot in liwer light circumstances.

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    5.0

    Rivals Canon's 300mm

    By Mad Maxwell

    from Copperas Cove, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Quiet focusing

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I mainly use the Sigma 300mm lens for sports and wildlife shoots, although the bokeh makes it nice for tight portraiture shots as well. The quality rivals that of it's Canon counterpart at nearly half the investment which makes it very attractive to the budget-conscience photographer like myself. The one thing I'm not a huge fan of is the filter assembly at the rear of the lens. I have had my filter cartridge fall out multiple times for no apparent reason.

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    5.0

    Buy the best you can afford, great lens

    By f64kid

    from Southeast USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Great customer support
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

      I just bought a new complete set of pro Canon gear, two 7D's, flashes, wide and telephoto prime zooms, bag, computer -the works. But I needed a good long glass and after the set I purchased, the best 300/2.8 I could afford was the Sigma. I have used Nikon and Canon gear during my 28 years as a photojournalist and have always had a Sigma lens in my tool box.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Les T

      from Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        nice lens use it with 1.4 sigma teleconverter
        for nature photography

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        2.0

        Disappointing for my uses

        By slevino

        from Connecticut

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Front focus
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        Bought this mostly for night field sports (baseball, football, etc) and was disappointed with the lens. The same / similar issues others have noted. The focus was sometimes off (front focused) or just too slow to get the shot. I also had a problem with the lens rotating within the tripod lock ring -- after tightening the lock ring the lens tends to drift slightly. Sort of frustrating but tollerable.

        I shot a night baseball game at a stadium with the Sigma a week after renting the Canon 300/2.8 to shoot a game in the same stadium so I was able to compare the results from the two lenses. While Some of my images were off with the Canon the ratio was about what I'd expect from a night game but I had far fewer keepers with the Sigma. Its frustrating to lose shots to shoddy equipment. I have returned the Sigma.

        This lens would probably be ok for more stationary uses but that is not what I need it for. There is no doubt that I'll save up and buy the canon.

        On the plus side, the soft case is easier to carry than Canon's hard case.

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        (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sigma 300-Sharp and Fast AutoFocus(HSM)

        By Cool Hand

        from Freehold, NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fast AutoFocus HSM
        • Quick Focus
        • Rugged
        • Sharp Focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          High levels of brightness and color saturation. Flare well controlled. Autofocusing very fast and very accurate, even in relatively low light levels, thanks to the speed of the lens (HSM). Sharp and detailed images. This lens gives up very little to the Canon 300L IS USM except Image Stabilization and a much higher MSRP. Tracks fast moving subjects with ease. The Canon 300L IS USM does not focus any faster than the Sigma 300 EX DG HSM. I have used both and currently own several Canon L lenses. The Sigma 300 EX DG HSM works flawlessly with the Canon Extender EF 1.4 II. Ruggedly Built and slightly more compact than the Canon 300L. I use this Sigma with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN and a 7D. Great lens and a great value.

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          5.0

          Great Lens !!

          By kicker988

          from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          I was looking for a lens that was fast and affordable.... this is it. I cannot tell the difference between the Canon 300 and this lens when I print out photos. If you are looking for a great fast lens, here it is. It is heavy, but it is a big lens.

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          4.0

          Good bang for your buck..

          By charld

          from Jersey City, NJ

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Sharp Focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            Got mine and it was very front focus on the 40d and 1D Mark III. Sent just the lens to Sigma now a +20 is required on Mark III but images as very sharp, i am pleased. AF is slow(er) that a EF 70-200 2.8 L USM but this is not a problem with correct setting on MK3 i can work around this. I have both the sigma and canon 1.4x and i think this works better with the sigma 1.4x. There is no loss in AF speed and IQ is great as a 420mm F/4 lens. I would have given it 5 start but chances are the copy you get might be front focus.

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            4.0

            Fast * Sharp * BUT...

            By Matthew Hicks

            from Olathe, KS

            Comments about Sigma Telephoto 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            At about half the price of the Canon EOS 300 f/2.8 this lens in 100% worth the money. I have used mine for high school, college and professional sports as well as news and events with my Canon 1D. I like that just like my Canon lenses this lens features full time manual focus. Nice for sports when your trying to focus on an area when there isn't a subject there (yet). I love using it with the sigma 1.4x converter! Images are just as sharp as without and the focus is just as fast.

            Problems Encountered: There are two things that remind me that this is NOT a Canon. (other than it is black)First, and most annoying, is the lack of a focus limit switch. Without this when the lens jumps focus... GONE! The lens racks all the way trying to find the subject again. Second, the tripod (monopod) mount and bracket are really stiff and yet loose? the camera and lens don't rotate very smoothly when the lock nob is released and when the lock knob is locked the lens will still turn... Go figure? This is particularly annoying when you have mounted the camera for remote shooting in the vertical position and the weight of the battery slowly rotates the camera and lens.

            Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Nikon 300 f/2.8 Canon 400 f/2.8

            Items I Recommend: White gaffers tape. Tape over the black to keep lens cooler in the sun

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