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Sigma120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Durable (14)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Consistent output (11)
  • Rugged (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (18)
  • Wildlife photos (15)
  • Low light (8)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Night photography (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This lens is sn excellent value

By David in Cuenca

from Cuenca, Ecuador

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

I use this lens to acquire candid shots of people, for wildlife and for plants, such as flowers, that are too far away for my close-up lens. I read many reviews before purchasing the lens and I agree with the conclusions: 1) the optics are excellent, especially for the money. Reviews state that the Sigma is comparable to a prime 300mm Nikon by way of visual evaluation (Nikon is slightly better by technical bench analysis.) 2) The autofocus is fast and accurate. 3) At almost eight pounds and with a filter size of 105mm, this lens is a monster. I love it; but, it is heavy and takes up a lot of room in my backpack. It is built "like a tank," which I guess is a good thing. Due to size the filters are very expensive. I would buy this lens again! I also bought the Sigma 1.4 teleconverter and photos are still sharp.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens, Outstanding value

By Ed

from Portland ME

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • High quality images
  • Useful zoom range

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

Semi-professional photographer using the lens for college and high school sports including soccer, softball and field hockey. Image quality is excellent and focusing is quick and precise (Using it with a Nikon D810 getting up to 6-7 FPS). Mostly using it on a monopod, though it is possible to handhold for short periods (OS system works well). Calibration was fairly simple process with the two different settings. The zoom range (along with the crop mode) makes this a very useful camera/lens combination (can get decent pictures clear across the soccer field). Lens hood and cap are a little clunky but have held up. The cost of this lens makes this an outstanding value.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens terrible hood

By Rob

from Boca Raton FL

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Fast and accurate focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

    This is used to shoot high school sports and does a great job. It is sharp and focuses fast.
    The lens hood which is something you should never worry about, but the set screw broke off the second time it was put into the case.

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still meeting all expectations

    By Briarcliff Baron

    from Florida

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

      This is a follow up to my previous post. I've used this lens twice now to shoot surfers, with the 2x teleconverter of course. Per my previous post, I've been using a Tamron 200-500 for this sort of action, and I was please with that. The difference, however, in sharpness is dramatic with the Sigma. Color rendition of the water is superb. And as noted in my previous review, the quickness of focus is tops. One other thing : I took a couple of token sea-gull pics, from pretty darn close. The bokeh was fantastic. So for indoor concert shooting, or outdoor sports shooting, I am extremely happy with the choice made.

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      (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow.... Meets all Expectations

      By Briarcliff Baron

      from Jacksonville,FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

        I've waited one month before writing this review. I have another long lens (Tamron 200-500) which has been great for outdoor daytime sports. I needed a 2.8 that had reach, particular for indoor concert shots, etc, so purchased this big boy. Yes, it's beastly heavy. I've used mine thus far exclusively on a tripod with a gimbal head ... and would suggest that anyone else do the same. But man oh man did this one ever deliver the goods. Shot a big inside production that I shoot every year. So nice to be able to zoom and retain the 2.8 throughout. And sharp sharp sharp at 2.8. Shooting from back at the sound board, I had all the reach I needed. In editing later, this lens amazed me with the facial detail that it picked up. I did get the 2x teleconverter, but didn't use it in the concert, so I can't really review the results indoors if that is used. I should add, to, that of all the shots I edited from the concert/event, NOT ONE has been out of focus. So extremely pleased with the clarity and with the quickness of focus. If you've got the bucks and a sturdy tripod , "go for it". You'll be glad you did.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I Would buy this product again..

        By Renerio Almeida

        from Parana -BR

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

        Wild life (birds) Photos..

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        (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rivals the newspaper's Nikon 300mm f/2.8

        By Jason

        from Texas

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Great optics
        • Innovative Zoom Length
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Heavy Give-in

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

        This lens is amazing. I have long depended on borrowing glass from the newspaper I shoot for. I have established myself well enough to be trusted with their 300 for the just opened high school football season. Not wanting to have a liability for someone else's gear (and I can insure my own) I purchased this lens. Focus is blazing fast and tack sharp, I have no complaints about the quality of the focus motor and the overall image remains sharp. There are no noticeable distortions to the image. The zoom and focus rings are smooth and silky and are responsive (no turning before zoom catches). I love having the focus limiters on the lens and wish Sigma would have incorporated that into their 70-200mm f/2.8 as well. The lens is heavy, If you didn't expect that from this focal length... I don't know what to tell you. Find a different job. The absolute best thing about this lens... it being able to zoom from 120-300mm. It is a God-send. I have reduced the amount of repositioning at football games to keep players in frame. I can take the best spot right on the 30 yard line (rules done let photogs into the team's area which is from 30 to 30) and let the action come to me, start out at 300...then 250-ish...then 120. When I hit that point, you can tell if the team will make the end zone or if a punt is going to play out. Either way, I didn't move every other time the ball did and can zoom to fill the frame with all the players body parts (i hate clipping). LOVE IT! Also an amazing lens for volleyball. Just this past weekend I tools some great zoomed in shots of action at the net. The lens also allows me to run up the bleachers for high angle shots, or to shoot "close up" digs from the opposite side of the court. I can't wait for baseball season. I used to just live with the 70-200 and a 1.4x TC... thing of the past, plus f/4 just sucks at night time games. Lots of plusses, now for some complaining. At this price range, I would have expected Sigma to throw in the lens dock pro bono. I think that is an invaluable tool that should have come with. Another thing, as I said it was expected, but this thing is a beast at 8lb. There is no hand-holding this monster, and if you can... i want to meet your gym trainer. The only other thing I can complain of is the metallic lens hood. The carbon-fiber construction nikon uses is a weight gutter. Sigma should have followed suit. The carrying case could also have been a bit better padded or more form-fitting.

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        5.0

        This is cheating.

        By Martin

        from Montréal

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

        Seriously, you cannot take a bad looking photo with this lens; just point it somewhere and press the shutter button and it will look great.
        I use this with a converter most of the time, either 2x or 1.4x and the result are sharp with nice contrast and good colour rendition. Focussing isn't the fastest, but then again, it does have a lot of big glass to move, and it's not bad at all.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love, Love, Love

        By Stanley

        from Roswell, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

          I love the lens and owned the original model. I went to DXOMark which rated this lens better than the Nikon 200-400 and matching the Canon 200-400 in sharpness. Not bad for the least expensive of the three lenses.

          I recommend you buy the USB Dock to calibrate the lens for your camera. This made a huge difference in performance. Razor sharp after calibrating it.

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          5.0

          Great Lens for Sports

          By AtomicPunk

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

          I purchased this for more reach during sporting type events and indoors for my daughters dance recital. The lens is heavy and a monopod is a must. I'm sure you could hand hold the lens for a little while, but for any heavy shooting, I recommend at least a monopod.

          I've read some reviews about the keeper rate for in focus shots not on par with manufacturer lenses, but I disagree. My keeper rate is right on par with manufacturer lenses.

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          5.0

          Amazing Lens!

          By bndk

          from Orange County, Ca

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

            Great versatile fast lens. Well built. Best bang for the buck

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            4.0

            Extended night photography

            By Curt

            from Dillsburg, Pa

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

            Further reach for night football

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            5.0

            Simply amazing

            By Pat

            from Granger, IN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

            I use this lens for weddings.

            It covers a great range for longer churches. Before this lens, I would have to switch between my 70-200 and 300mm, this lens covers the useful range of both lenses so now I only need the Sigma.

            It's sharp wide open and the OS is phenomenal. All that said, it weighs 10.5 lbs when coupled with a d800 so be prepared.

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            (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it with 2X Tele-converter

            By George G. Bear

            from Ohio

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

            Heavy but a fantastic lens works very well with Sigma tele-converters which is more than can be said about Tamron lens they do not work with Tamron tele-converters.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Happy With The Lens

            By Mark Preston

            from Columbus, Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

              I read reviews for about a month and I made the decision to go for it and I'm glad I did. I also purchased the Sigma x2 converter and USB Dock. I shoot with the NIKON D7100 and I have not had any issues at all. It's nice to be able to shoot in low light and this lens will certainly let you do that. I also like that it zooms inside the barrel so the length stays the same. It is very heavy but I don't see that being a negative as there is a lot of big glass inside that will let you get the shot you want. I shoot hand held in good light without any problem. In lower light with the converter I find the mono pod or tri pod is best. The Mourning Dove and Tiger photos below I took hand-held without the converter and any flash on an over-cast day.During my research I searched on flickr for the lens and converter and was convinced after seeing the results people were getting. If you are new to photography it might be too much to handle as it's more the photographer than the equipment to take a good photo, however, this lens will get you closer.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Lens

              By Dcmair

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

              I use this lens primarily for sports/action shooting as well as wildlife. It's a great lens for both. Produces very very sharp images. Definitely not a lens you'll want to shoot with off a monopod or tripod. It's a very heavy lens.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a Bargain

              By GTO Driver

              from Southeast MN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                Even at full retail - this is a great deal. I picked mine up very slightly used - and for a fraction of the price.

                I shoot a lot of stock car racing (local dirt tracks and NASCAR) - and this lens is outstanding for high speed action.

                I look forward to using this lens for wildlife also - wish I would have had it when I went to Churchill, Manitoba to shoot the Polar Bears.

                The lens is heavy, but properly braced can be handheld. As stated by another reviewer - I can't downgrade it for being heavy - as that's part of the deal to get the optics. A monopod or tripod is welcome for extended shooting.

                Part of my decision to acquire this lens is a future African photo safari.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A very sharp lens

                By photo1987

                from Bay Area, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                  I have been using Nikon's 80-200 f2.8 in the past 10+ years and decided to upgrade to a slightly bigger one which is why I purchased this lens.

                  This is a very sharp lens and the auto-focus is swift. The build quality is excellent. Though I have no scientific data but after a rough comparison I think it is sharper than the Nikon 24-120mm f4 lens I have.

                  Given its sharpness, zoom range and wide open aperture, f2.8, needless to say the size and weight of this lens is a bit overwhelming. However, just like photography itself, it's a compromise. If one wants sharpness, wide range zoom and open/fixed aperture, I personally think this is an excellent choice.

                  I would NOT mark "heavy" as a con because a good lens needs sturdy construction and glass itself is no light weight matter. So heavy weight should be expected. Whoever intends to use this lens needs either to use a monopod/tripod all the time or go to gym to work out often and hard.

                  The only con I could come up with this lens is probably its case. The case itself is too bulky and not necessary. I hope it could be a bit more form fit and compact so I could actually use it to carry the lens around on a tracking/camping trip.

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                  (32 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow, I actually can't believe it...

                  By Anthony

                  from Sydney Australia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Great OS
                  • Rugged
                  • Sharp
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Zoom Range

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                  I've been shooting professionally for over 12 years, I've owned many lenses Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Tokina and now Sigma. I used to shoot surfing but my bread and butter has been 4WD and off-road travel for about 5 years now. I had a Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRI which I should have kept but when the VRII came out I sold it and upgraded. I may have got a bad copy, but my Nikon 70-200 VRII has never been as good as I had hoped. It's just not as sharp as my old VRI. I was looking at this new Sigma lens and loved the possibility of the 120-300 focal length. After reading reviews I went and got my hands on one.

                  Originally thinking it'd replace my 70-200, I quickly realised that it wasn't going to be the case but a totally new lens with a different purpose. It's a big piece of kit, weighing in at 3.5kgs, it's a beast. And a very solid, beautifully constructed one at that. Sigma have stepped up the game with this thing at a very good price. Ok now lets get to the test results.... I shot my car parked outside in the sun using a tripod.

                  It's heavy, definitely not a hang off the shoulder type lens like the 70-200..

                  The Autofocus is as fast as the 70-200. The stabiliser works like a dream.

                  120mm @ F2.8 The Sigma is slightly sharper than the nikon 70-200 with a nicer bokeh, but has a very slight amount of CA (color fringing) Where the Nikon has none. Super easy to correct in Lightroom.

                  120mm @ F5.6 The Sigma is still sharper than the Nikon AND it has LESS vignetting.

                  200mm @F2.8 The Sigma has LESS CA than the Nikon, nicer bokeh AND is sharper!

                  200mm @ F5.6 The Sigma is still sharper with less vignetting than the Nikon.

                  300mm @ F2.8 There is no CA and is on par with the sharpness of the Nikon at 200mm at 2.8.

                  300mm @ F5.6 Once again the Sigma is as sharp as the Nikon at 200mm @ F5.6

                  WOW.... I actually can't believe it. Even if my 70-200 needs calibrating for that exact sharpness, the Sigma out performs it in other areas with less chromatic abberation, less vignetting and a nicer bokeh!

                  I won't be selling my 70-200 like I thought, but it'll only get used now when I can't be bothered carrying an extra 2kgs!

                  Even if this lens was the same price as a fixed 300mm 2.8 it'd still be a great option with the zoom. As it is cheaper than the fixed 300, this thing is amazing. Do some more research and come to your own conclusion, this lens won't be for everyone BUT if you are looking for a fast cheaper tele-zoom.... Look no further.

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                  5.0

                  Absolutely stunning

                  By Rowly

                  from S California

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Birds in flight
                  • General Wildlife
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon:

                  Stunning quality even with 1.4 converter.
                  Fast and quiet focus especially after use of USB Dock.
                  O.S. is way ahead of Nikon VR.]

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