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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
  • Optical Stabilizer
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Dust- and Splash-Proof Construction
  • FLD and SLD Lens Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
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Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F Sigma SA

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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon is a telephoto zoom lens featuring a fast, constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. This lens is the first lens designed under Sigma's new Sports line of lenses, making it well-suited for fast-moving subjects such as wildlife, nature, aviation, racing, and other similar situations.

Featuring a dust- and splash-proof construction, this lens is ideally-suited for use in outdoor and adverse conditions. Its design features rubber focus and zoom rings as well as conveniently located mode switches to enhance usability with the lens. A built-in Optical Stabilizer provides a four-stop-equivalent reduction in the appearance of camera shake, helping to enable better handheld usage and low-light shooting. The Hyper Sonic AF Motor provides fast, smooth, and quiet auto focusing for faster performance that also benefits video recording.

This lens is also compatible with the Sigma USB Dock, which allows you to use the Sigma Pro Optimization software to fine-tune certain lens settings to your own shooting needs. The ability to limit focus range, alter the AF speed, and modify the OS system is afforded through this, as well as the ability to easily update the lens' firmware.

Sports Lens Line
This lens is the first lens produced as part of Sigma's Sports line, making it ideally-suited for capturing fast-moving action with high precision. Its telephoto-length zoom range and fast maximum aperture make it especially useful for sports photography as well as wildlife, birding, and other fast-paced applications. Also benefitting these shooting scenarios is a wide range of customizable functions availed through the use of the Sigma USB Dock.
Optimized Lens Design
Well-suited to outdoor photography, a dust- and splash-proof construction enables use of this lens in adverse conditions. Joint parts, such as the mount, focus and zoom rings, and switches, are sealed to provide this resistance and improve overall durability. Parts of the lens have also been optimally designed for more comfortable use, including textured rings and well-placed switches for more efficient operation. A brass bayonet mount is also used to increase the durability at this connection point, giving more strength and rigidity between the camera and lens system.

The lens construction integrates two FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements and one SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass element to help reduce color aberrations and sagittal coma flare to improve overall image quality. Lens elements also feature a Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, which helps to improve image contrast and color fidelity throughout the zoom range.
USB Dock Compatible
This lens is compatible with the Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning and personalizing certain functions of the lens to fit your personal shooting style. A focus limiter can be set to constrain your lens' focusing distances to suit the distances at which you are shooting. Additionally, this lens features an inner focusing and zooming configuration so the physical length of your lens does not change during use; which greatly benefits the use of certain filters such as a polarizer.

The USB Dock also allows you to customize the speed at which the autofocus system performs, how active the Optical Stabilizer system is during shooting, and allows you to easily update the lens' firmware.
Optical Stabilizer
The built-in OS (Optical Stabilizer) system enables a reduction in the appearance of camera shake up to the equivalent of four stops, resulting in a long lens that can easily be used handheld and low-light conditions. The OS system is divided into two modes; one for general shooting applications, and one that is better suited for panning shots of moving subjects. The OS system can be further adjusted to suit your needs through the use of the USB Dock.
Hyper Sonic AF Motor
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) provides fast, quiet, and smooth auto focusing that is well-suited for use with video applications. This AF motor can also be manually overridden at any time by rotating the focusing ring, giving you the ability to fine-tune image sharpness through manual focusing.
UPC: 085126137557
In the Box
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon
  • Lens Case
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Tripod Socket
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    • 1Description

    Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 120 - 300mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
    Angle of View 20.4° - 8.2°
    Minimum Focus Distance 59.06" / 150 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
    Optical Design 23 Elements in 18 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 105 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.78 x 11.46" / 121.4 x 291 mm
    Weight 7.47 lb / 3.39 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.0 x 10.7 x 10.6"

    Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 reviews

    120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still meeting all expectations 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens, Outstanding value 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.
    Date published: 2015-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This lens is sn excellent value 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.
    Date published: 2016-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Bargain 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is cheating. 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy With The Lens 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, I actually can't believe it... 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-06
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D3200
    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D600
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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