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

(based on 13 reviews)

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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)

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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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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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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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    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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      (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.

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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.

        • 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.

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        • 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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