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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Sigma SA

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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Sigma SA
Key Features
  • SA-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
Offering versatile reach along with speed, the Sigma SA-mount 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM from Sigma is a telephoto zoom well-suited for sports and wildlife photography. Characterized by its bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, this lens excels in available light conditions and also enables notable control over depth of field throughout the zoom range. The optical design incorporates a series of low dispersion elements, which help to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to realize high clarity and color accuracy. A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been applied to control flare and ghosting for improved contrast.
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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Overview

Offering versatile reach along with speed, the Sigma SA-mount 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM from Sigma is a telephoto zoom well-suited for sports and wildlife photography. Characterized by its bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, this lens excels in available light conditions and also enables notable control over depth of field throughout the zoom range. The optical design incorporates a series of low dispersion elements, which help to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to realize high clarity and color accuracy. A Super Multi-Layer Coating has also been applied to control flare and ghosting for improved contrast.

Balancing the optics, and making it well-suited for action shooting, is a Hyper Sonic Motor that provides especially fast and quiet autofocus performance. An Optical Stabilizer also works to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Also, a tripod collar is included, too, to suit using the lens atop a tripod or monopod.

As part of the Sports line within Sigma's Global Vision series, this lens is designed to offer excellent optical performance, speed, and other customizable features that make it an ideal choice for wildlife, sports, action, and other fast-moving subjects.
Telephoto zoom is designed for Sigma SA-mount cameras, and when used with APS-C models, it provides a 180-450mm equivalent focal length.
Two F Low Dispersion (FLD) and one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) element are featured in the optical design and help to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
Integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), along with a rear focus system, realizes quick and quiet autofocus, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
Optical Stabilizer system minimizes the appearance of camera shake to benefit making sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
Constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations. Additionally, a brass bayonet affords improved mounting accuracy and rigidity.
A removable, rotating tripod collar offers well-balanced support for photographing atop a tripod or monopod with either vertical or horizontal shooting orientations.
This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.
Compatible with optional Sigma TC-1401 1.4x and TC-2001 2x teleconverters.

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Specs

Focal Length120 to 300mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSigma SA
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View20.4° to 8.2°
Minimum Focus Distance4.92' / 1.5 m
Maximum Magnification0.12x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:8.1
Optical Design23 Elements in 18 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size105 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.78 x 11.46" / 121.4 x 291 mm
Weight7.46 lb / 3390 g

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Reviews

Sharp images, great reach

By Sue
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-19

I got the 120-300 f/2.8 to give me a good low light lens with enough reach to shoot across the field at soccer. On my D500, I can actually go across and lenghwise. On the D5, across is no issue, but obviously don't get same distance lengthwise since it's full frame. The clarity in the images is terrific. I didn't tell the team inhad the new lens - but they immediately raves about the "wonderful night pictures". I have the 70-200 f/2.8, but find I'm only shooting with the 300 now even though I'm armed with both at the game.

The more I use it - more I love it

By Kerstin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-24

To buy this lens was not on my raider. When Nikon announced in late 2018 (19) that they would be offering 120-399 f2.8 I was excited. When it was out and I saw the price I knew I was some time away from buying this lens. I walked into a local photoshop to buy something small and as I was looking around and saw the Sigma version. In curiosity I asked the sales man what the price was and then told me he had a used one for a lot less. I took a look and I thought very nice. Last week I popped into the store again to buy something small and the dude asked if I was still interested in buying the lens I should hurry because someone else was thinking hard about it. The following day I bought the lens and a 2xTC also from Sigma. I do not shoot sports or birds. I do portraits and landscape. I was not in the need for the lens but as a wide angle junky I thought I could expand my vision a bit. Any (almost) lens application is up to the user. Long lenses are not just for sports and birds. All we need is to see our surroundings with the focal length on the camera. The lens is big and it is heavy. One reason I like me D850 is the weight. The camera rests with comfort in my hands. Adding the 120-300 takes this to a new level. I am back to my 4x5 days where I make the shot in my head before I lift - aim and shoot to put it back down. And this is not a bad practice. What did surprise me right off was how sharp the lens is, without or with the 2xTC. The depth of filed is quite shallow at 2.8 (300mm) or 5.6 (600mm) but surprisingly deep at 22 (300mm) and 45 (600mm). I am not a tech dude so how well does the lens do in other areas. To me it almost does not matter because it is more up to than the maker to capture good photos than the specs of the lens. I have taken the lens out few times. It works well to do my walk with a shoulder strap - the weight of the lens/camera is not an issue. It might be my best lens buy in a long time. The more I use it - the more i love it. If heavy is something you shy from look for something else. If a remarkable lens with very interesting focal length, that can up your photography options .... a lot - do not think twice. I love my 24-120 f4 and at 120 it gives me a compression that I like a lot. The Sigma takes off where my trusted old friend stops and not only gives compression but also lets me go into my surrounding in a new and interesting way. No I just need winter to pass and better quality of light to come. Until then I have amp time to troll around and step up my game. ps Since the camera lens combo is so heavy and my arms and upper body are not on par - I now use it for 20 min per day in a small simple workout that will come in (stronger) handy as sun rises and days with light get longer. Happy shooting.

It is big, It is heavy and it's awesome

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-29

I take a ton of sports picture and nothing is worse then high school football lighting. I couldn't believe the quality of the pics I'm getting and I'm happy. I can't hand hold this lens for an extended period of time so it is on my mono pod. I love this lens and I can't wait till basketball season!

Trade weight for great images and bokeh? Here's your lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-16

Have used this lens nearly every day for since receiving it from B&H over week ago. First, it is heavy for its focal range so be prepared for that aspect of this lens. I thought I was. Was not. Although the fine object stabilization does allow for hand held shooting (giraffe and grape vine photos) The bokeh at f2.8 is very pleasing to my eye. Switches have a firm solid feel to them. Focus and zoom rings are smooth but not loose feeling. Even on the Nikon version the rings turn like on a Canon lens. Not a problem for me as this isn't my first Sigma lens. The reference dot on the lens is placed top dead center instead off to the side which makes for an odd way to mount the lens. The tripod foot is solid enough though rotating the lens to vertical does feel a bit rough. Do consider the USB dock as part of the purchase price. The ability to tune the characteristics of the lens will be much appreciated. Focusing was dead on across D850, D500, D750 and Z6 right out of the box. No need to fine tune the lens to the cameras. Purchased primarily for indoor sporting and dance recital events. However, I am looking forward to getting Sigma's 1.4 teleconverter to extend range for birds and wildlife even at the expense of 1 stop. For some the lens may not be wide enough at 120mm or long enough at 300mm so consider what you you shoot and how you shoot beforehand. But if 120mm-300mm range is what you're looking for this is your lens. Sigma has a winner win this lens and B&H nailed it with on time shipping and safe packaging.

Sigma 120-300

By Larry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

Great lense! Super sports pics in low light. Somewhat heavy without monopod!

Flexible lens

By Catherine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-13

I shoot high school sports. Love the flexibility of the zoom instead of a fixed lens. As the action towards me, I can zoom out. Well built and a bit heavy. I need a monopod to use it. Can't imagine hand held the entire game. Images are sharp even with the poor lighting of high school stadiums. So far so good. Cost was one of factor in my decision to purchase this lens along with capturing the moments.

Impressive

By Kelvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-11

It is a little heavy and you will need a monopod. I have no problem with the zoom ring . The lens hood is the most secure design I have used. Pictures are sharp although focus is sometimes a little slow , but that could be the operator. Do you really need to pay twice as much for a competitor?

Exactly What I Hoped It Would Be

By Brent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-19

Had been using a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 and Canon 300mm f/2.8 for field sports with nothing in between. Had some interest in this lens wanting more flexibility in those situations - 200 was often not enough and the 300, although a superior lens in nearly every way to the 120-300 , was missing shots where it would have been helpful to be able to zoom out. This lens cannot quite hold up against the Canon 300 in terms of sharpness and focus speed nor would I expect it to. But have found it produces exactly what I hoped in little league and minor league baseball and kite surfing sessions so far. But I'm finding the ability to produce as many keepers and a wider variety of shots because of the zoom. And this is straight out of the box without using the USB dock for customization. It is heavy. Something like 13lbs coupled to a 1DX Mkiii, not a big fan of the factory case it ships with and the hood is a little wonky to get on and off at times. I have not found any issues with the zoom adjustment ring as others have noted. For the price point I'm very happy with early returns on this lens.

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