Does anyone have the Sigma 300mm 2.8?

Joined
May 26, 2006
Messages
856
Location
Charlottesville, VA / Palo Alto, CA
Almost nobody has this lens, because (1) the Sigma 120-300/f2.8 is about the same price and weight, and (2) Sigma acknowledged a few years ago that the 120-300 was actually a better performer than their 300/2.8. Personally I think that Sigma quietly redesigned their 300/f2.8 recently (probably when it got the DG designation), because results from recent ones have been really good, but they don't acknowledge such a change.
 
Joined
Sep 24, 2007
Messages
1,142
Location
Pennsylvania
Thanks Brian, I don't recall people talking about it but I ran across it when I was looking at B and H and was wondering.
 
Joined
Jun 16, 2008
Messages
30
Location
Canada
I'm curious as to how the Sigma has faired in the real world as well since the Nikon 300s are impossible to get a hold of these days. If the IQ and AF performance is similar, the Sigma may hold me over until I can afford the VR or find a used older 300.
 
A

AMKP

Guest
I have the 120-300 F2.8 that i got 1 year ago (or was it 2? cant remember)
I cant compare it to the nikkor cause i have never seen or tried it before.
But i gotta say i love mine

The downside is if you wanna use a TC, u can only use sigma's own TC.
Nikon 1.7 and 2.0 wont fit and if i remember correctly the 1,4 fits but doesnt work
(Kenko 1.4 TC doesnt work either)

Had been using it with my D70, then D200 and now D300, the AF is awesome (then again consider that before this 'upgrade' all i got is a AF 300 F4 and a 80-400 VR)

Used it for Motorsports (sort of), and used it a lot in birding
its very handheld-able, i used it to take a lot of pan shots of cars and birds
the downside i would say is the zoom ring is in a kinda wierd position. its pretty hard to pan and zoom at the same time. (or i just have terrible arm hand co-ordination. XD)

I am very happy with the lens, its sharp enough (could be better but good enough), personally i think the price:performance ratio is just great

Here are some shots i got with it

98252966.gif
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


View attachment 220547

View attachment 220548

Sorry that i am not very technical, and not very detailed, but i hope this will somehow help yu someway.
 
Joined
May 6, 2005
Messages
5,482
Location
NY
I believe MMarz has one.
 
Joined
Jan 1, 2008
Messages
4,934
Location
Auckland, NZ
I have the 120-300 and it's very nice lens for sports. I considered the prime too and read various review and felt it was pretty even IQ wise. Maybe at 300 and 2.8 prime had a marginal advantage ?

I'm still after a Nikkor though, lol
 
Joined
Jan 29, 2008
Messages
1,162
Location
lafayette, louisiana
https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=178057
Brenda,
check out atleast the last 5 post I've done with this lens exclusively with a 2x convertor.
Very fast focusing and I've owned both Nikon VR lenses 300 2.8 and 200-400..
I don't know if I could ever let go of this lens because its so sharp, fast and has good range up to 600mm at 5.6.
Kevin
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Joined
Sep 24, 2007
Messages
1,142
Location
Pennsylvania
Kevin, checked them out very nice. Some reviews that I have read made me a little dubious, concerns of IQ, but your images certainly prove otherwise.

Darren, no complaints of IQ?
 

Latest threads

Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Forum GIFs powered by GIPHY: https://giphy.com/
Copyright © Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom