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D3 + Sigma 300mm F2.8

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Sauk, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Sauk

    Sauk

    832
    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    Well I went ahead and ordered this lens and got it today. I was extremely nervous to say the least.

    I just went out and shot around my place to see how this thing does and I am pleasantly surprised at how sharp it is compared to my 120-300 sigma.

    The focus is quick, it is not a huge lens but there is some beef to it. Like I said the focus with the D3 is very fast, though the real test comes next week when I will shoot some more baseball (MiLB).

    But my biggest worry so far has not come true which was very soft 2.8 and backfocused. Right now this lens is solid at 2.8 and true.

    Here are some images from the lens/camera combo:

    Full Size:
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2761307164_b14f065668_o.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2760478609_dffb408e03_o.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3118/2760502347_8df356e2cf_o.jpg

    Bokeh shot:
    2760490087_fe1ff5ea06_b.
     
  2. Have you tried it on moving subjects? My Sigma 120-300 2.8 backfocused badly. Hopefully the straight 300mm will be better? Any reason you didn't try opting for an older Nikon 300mm 2.8?
     
  3. topher04r1

    topher04r1 Guest

    Nice..... get that sucker to the park and try it on some moving subjects.... or hell ... even try doing some shots of cars driving by in the street ... that may help give you a better guide of AF speed .... looking forward to seeing what turns up !
     
  4. Sauk

    Sauk

    832
    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    I wanted to give the sigma a try to be honest. The reviews I read were all positive on fredmiranda.

    topher,

    I am going to try some stuff tomorrow. I am just happy that it is solid at 2.8 to be honest at this point. With how soft I thought the 120-300 was on my mark III it just makes me happy to see how sharp this lens is on my D3.
     
  5. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    Portugal
    Those look really nice...i'm curious to know how that lense handles Sigma's TC, both 1.4 and 2X...

    If you have any of those, it would be nice some results.
     
  6. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    try it on a single flower or object that will stand out (at f2.8)
    if it's good at 2.8 you are fine
    sigma's hsm is as fast as nikon's afs, that was never a problem for me
     
  7. prowicz

    prowicz Guest

    One warning. If you plan to use it on a monopod, get another colar, because the that comes with it is sheer shite! Its as stiff to turn as my sister's hair when she goes out on a Saturday night.
     
  8. Sauk

    Sauk

    832
    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    I will do that later on today. :) 
     
  9. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    the collar that came with my non DG version was fine
     
  10. Sauk

    Sauk

    832
    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    I will agree with Randy on this one. It moves very easy when sliding from vertical to horizontal.
     
  11. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
  12. Sauk

    Sauk

    832
    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    Randy,

    Thank you and I don't mind at all :) 

    That is my daughter playing soccer, that ball by the way hit a girl in the head :)  I was laughing pretty hard even though I probably should have been.

    It was a perfect kick lol

    Here is the last frame of that burst

    2762873741_7b131b24b9_o.
     
  13. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006

    another very impressive shot....we look forward to seeing your work in the Sports Forum
     
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