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

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (14)
  • Strong construction (13)
  • Durable (12)
  • Consistent output (11)
  • Nice bokeh (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (15)
  • Wildlife photos (13)
  • Low light (8)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Night photography (4)
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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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    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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      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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      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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      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

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        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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          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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          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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            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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            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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              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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                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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