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

BH #SI120300C • MFR #137101
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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-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 Canon EF-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 Canon EF-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 full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 192-480mm equivalent focal length range.
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.
UPC: 085126137540

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

Focal Length120 to 300mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
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
Length at Maximum Extension11.46" / 291 mm
Weight7.46 lb / 3390 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight12.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.5 x 9.7 x 9.3"

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

Insanely Sharp, But There's A Glitch

By Donald
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-16

The copy I received is sharper and has more contrast than some of my Nikon lenses. I had to replace my Nikon 200-400 f4 while it was waiting for a focus motor. And Nikon's 120-300 f2.8 wasn't in my budget, so I opted for this Sigma. It came with the dock as a bonus, and only used it to prioritize the AF speed as I specialize in sports action. I used it with the D500, and while shorter in focal length, it sufficed very well for night football and into the ice hockey season. My complaint is the tripod mount. This optic is heavy, and the supplied mount is soft aluminum. Not a good combo. It didn't take long for the mount to get wobbly on my monopod when switching quickly from horizontal to vertical. I applied grease (which helped) and I disassembled it to tighten the nubs that guide the collar. But Sigma increased the price by $600 since I bought mine, and apparently has not addressed this problem. I went on eBay and purchased a replacement collar from Japan. Haven't employed it yet, but I'm sure that at some time in the future it will become necessary because the slop will become more than an annoyance.

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.

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.

Sharp, fast, perfect

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-28

I was questioning whether or not I should purchase this lens or a Canon 300mm f2.8. Versatility of having an f2.8 zoom with more reach than my 70-200mm is essential for the work I'm doing. After searching and learning about this lens, I'm pleased to say this was definitely the right way to go. I've paired the lens with Canon 1DX mark iii and couldn't be happier. Fast autofocus and sharp images make this lens a keeper. If you're going to shoot this lens for any length of time, a monopod or tripod would be a good investment. Can you shoot without a monopod, yes, but remember this lens is heavy and when paired with a camera body it would be challenging to do a long shoot. My set up is just under 14 pounds. Zoom and focus rings are smooth with just enough resistance to not to overshoot on either. One thing also like is the tripod collar which has three different mounting locations to better help balance the lens on a support. Overall I'm completely satisfied with this lens!

I haven't had it very long but....

By Amy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

I've only had this lens a couple of weeks and I've been able to use it once a night soccer game under the lights. Everyone loved the pics. What I noticed when comparing pics from my 70-200 to this lens under the same conditions is that there seemed to be less noise. The pics were sharp. It'll take some getting to used to a heavier lens (I used a monopod). I just wish it was a 400 for a longer reach but I went with this one because of the price!

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