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Sigma300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Durable (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (9)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Night photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good lens!

I use this lens mainly for photographing wildlife, mainly birds so far. I could not afford the Nikon VR lens which is almost twice as much. I often use it with the Sigma...Read complete review

I use this lens mainly for photographing wildlife, mainly birds so far. I could not afford the Nikon VR lens which is almost twice as much. I often use it with the Sigma 2X TC which is about $200 cheaper than the New Nikon 2X TC. Cheaper is one thing but I am getting some very good images and feel that I am limited more by the mediocre AF on my D90 than lack of image stabilization. I have not used it in low light but suspect I will. Autofocus is fast when the camera locks on. I wish it was a bit lighter and it had OS but it is more than satisfactory till I can get 500mm f4 VR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Consistent Performance Lacks Sharpness

I used this lens on a wildlife trip to India. It was lighter than the similar Nikon lens and autofocused consistently with the Sigma 2x tele-converter attached (which is not true with my Nikon...Read complete review

I used this lens on a wildlife trip to India. It was lighter than the similar Nikon lens and autofocused consistently with the Sigma 2x tele-converter attached (which is not true with my Nikon lens/2X teleconverter). I was very unhappy with the lack of sharpness, though. My wildlife images just did not "pop" like they do with the Nikon lens. For my next trip I need to decide whether I want consistent performance (Sigma)all of the time, or sharp pictures (Nikon)some of the time.

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5.0

A Terrific lens for wildlife and birds!

By Hawkeye

from South Africa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

I purchased this lens to use on my Nikon D800. It is fabulous and has done well for me. It has one drawback, and that is the weight. I fly a lot in small Cessna's around parks in Africa with safari clients and weight is becoming more and more of an issue with charter airline companies.
Its a choice between crystal clear images and taking but a handful of clothes to wear!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome lens, great bang for the buck!

By Nikon Mark

from Morristown, TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    I bought this lens about 8 years ago and use it mainly for nature and wildlife. It's sharp and stays sharp even with the 1.4 Sigma teleconverter. It looses a little bit with the 2.0 Sigma teleconverter but if you're able to shoot at f8 it's pretty darn sharp. Focus speed is fast, slows down a bit with the 2.0 tc but all lenses slow down with 2.0 tc's. I use the lens with the Sigma TS-41 which helps with stability when used on a heavy Induro tripdo, BDH-3 ballhead and a Induro BHDA Gimbal Head. The pictures wide open are very, very sharp and loses nothing with the 1.4 tc. Best of all, I bought the lens used from B&H and saved a $ for a LN- lens!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Consistent Performance Lacks Sharpness

    By Wildlife traveler

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Works Well With Sigma 2x

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Lacks Sharpness

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    I used this lens on a wildlife trip to India. It was lighter than the similar Nikon lens and autofocused consistently with the Sigma 2x tele-converter attached (which is not true with my Nikon lens/2X teleconverter). I was very unhappy with the lack of sharpness, though. My wildlife images just did not "pop" like they do with the Nikon lens. For my next trip I need to decide whether I want consistent performance (Sigma)all of the time, or sharp pictures (Nikon)some of the time.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great pictures

    By Macrolor

    from Damariscotta, Me

    Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

    I have been using it for nature shots. Nice clear, sharp photos. Very well made, sturdy lens. Because of the large aperture and quality it is heavy. As a 64 year old female I am still able to use it without a tripod, so it is manageable. Ouse on my Nikon D300.

     
    4.0

    Great alternative sports lens

    By JAK

    from NYC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

      Can't compare it to one of nikon's or canon's 300mm f2.8's, but it focuses fast, works well, and is a cheaper alternative to the more expensive options

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT LENS! SUPER SHARP!

      By hootowl62

      from Old Bridge, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

        WOW! what a beautiful lens! built like a tank. super sharp. fast focus. manual focus ring has a solid smooth well damped quality feel. the whole lens says quality. i use it for wildlife. i can get down on one knee and hand hold it. works great with the sigma teleconverters. only thing missing is os. i added the sigma ts-41 tripod collar and it was a big improvement.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Impressed with the speed and sharpness

        By Jippie5735

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I was very impressed with the fast focus speed and sharpness of the lens, even with the 1.4 converter.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great lens

          By JJ

          from San Diego

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Sharp wide open

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Features
          • NEWS
          • Sports

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I was skeptical about getting this lens but I decided to bite the bullet and see how it performed. To say I was blown away by the results would be an understatement. Image quality has been on par with both the Canon and Nikon equivalents. The copy I have has no issues with back focusing and is tack sharp wide open. The lens itself is a little heavy but it's easily hand holdable.
          Drawbacks are I have found that the lens hood sometimes falls off even though I screwed it on tight.
          Im very impressed with the quality of the lens I received.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          300mm Sigma Lens

          By Tom Bozman

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          Strong construction; very durable and sleek. Great clarity and focus. Only con is its heavy weight, so I would not recommend this lens to someone who isn't using it on a tripod. My main purpose for using this lens is for surf photography so I will always be using a tripod which negates the weight factor. Great lens for the price compared to Nikon and Canon super telephoto lenses.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (10 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Back Focuses

          By Freddy 2step

          from Somerville NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

          I used for Action/Sports Photography. Lense often focuses on the person behind the runner, back focus. Not as sharp as my old Nikon 300 2:8. Many told me not to buy, but being the hard head I am, I did. What a mistake. I would say, save your money and get the real thing, Nikon or Canon.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not what I was looking for...

          By Fred

          from Savannah, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction
          • Takes screw on filters

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Front focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

            Pro baseball, BIF

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very good lens!

            By Rey Pettis

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Quick Focus
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

            I use this lens mainly for photographing wildlife, mainly birds so far. I could not afford the Nikon VR lens which is almost twice as much. I often use it with the Sigma 2X TC which is about $200 cheaper than the New Nikon 2X TC. Cheaper is one thing but I am getting some very good images and feel that I am limited more by the mediocre AF on my D90 than lack of image stabilization. I have not used it in low light but suspect I will. Autofocus is fast when the camera locks on. I wish it was a bit lighter and it had OS but it is more than satisfactory till I can get 500mm f4 VR.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very solid lens

            By Sauk

            from Sandy, UT

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

                I just made the switch to Nikon from Canon so I had to purchase a telephoto. After much research I went for a Sigma 300mm because of the solid reviews the lens has received online.

                To a happy camper it was all that and then some after I received it and used it.

                Sharp, quick and built great. I would recommend this lens to anyone.

                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great lense at reasonable price

                By Jon

                from Hawaii

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Sharp Focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

                  I use this lens a lot for bikini models and have produced excellent results.

                  (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D:

                  Great bokeh sharp focus. includes 2 filters for the drop in. Focuses quickly and with precision. great for the sports photographer on a budget.

                  Items I Recommend: tripod as there is no stabilization

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