Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO

Last updated (31 July’10):
- Review by Lenstip

The Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO features 300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 11 Elements in 9 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 8.2 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 250 cm/98.4 in and has a filter size of 46mm. The Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO lens weighs 2400g / 84.7oz and it measures 4.7 inches in diameter and 8.4 inches long.

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO
Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO and writes;
“The full frame Sigma on small APS-C/DX sensors doesn’t have any serious problems with vignetting. At the maximum relative aperture the light fall-off in the frame corners amounts to 20% (-0.66 EV). The problem disappears completely on stopping down to f/4.0 because the vignetting is only 8% there..”
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO and writes;
“the Sigma 300mm ƒ/2.8 to perform very well: sharpness is very good, CA is optimized for use at ƒ/2.8, there’s virtually no distortion and light falloff is almost non-existent. Optically, the lens stands well on its own..”
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO User Reviews

Great lens for Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Sigma 300 F2.8 lens for Sony/Minolta is a great lens for the price. I could not afford The Sony/Minolta equivalent as it was over twice the price. The color,contrast and resolution of this lens is excellent and works great with 1.4 and 2.0 Sigma teleconverters. It also works great with the in-camera image stabilization on the Sony DSLR cameras.” – by Michael Rosenberg

Fantastic lens, worth every penny | Rating: ★★★★★
“I could not afford Nikon’s VR 300mm lens so I picked this one up instead. I’ve routinely shot with Sigma’s 1.4x Teleconverter and 2.0x TC attached and have gotten brilliant results. The lens is more than sharp enough wide open, even with the 2x TC on it. I often photograph birds and there is plenty of detail in the photos. This lens is simply brilliant.” – by D. Kittle

Good alternative | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I wanted more reach for wildlife photography wanted so I settled on the this lens for use with my Nikon D90. I find it to be sharp even with the 2X teleconverter. I use it with a monopod mostly except for birds in flight. It is heavy and the only monopod head I could find to handle it is the one from Really Right Stuff. The build quality looks to be excellent.” – by S. Pettis

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG IF HSM APO Features & Specifications

The Sigma APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG is a high performance telephoto lens and, for the professional photographer, is an absolute requirement. With a fast telephoto lens suitable for capturing the fastest action, whether that is a local soccer game, high school basketball in a dimly lit gym or sports cars racing. This lens also does double duty isolating single faces at a news conference or catching the bride in a candid moment at the wedding reception.

Two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction and sharpness throughout the entire zoom range and a new multi-layer lens coating technology and lens design formula reduce flare & ghosting. When used with full frame cameras & Sigma’s 1.4x or 2x optional Tele Converters it becomes a 420mm F4 manual focus lens or a 600mm F5.6 manual focus lens respectively. For the professional or advanced amateur looking for such a lens at a value price there is no other choice than the Sigma 300mm F2.8. Equipped with all of the latest technology to compete with the camera manufacturer’s products and produces tack sharp end result images.


Lens Construction: 11 Elements in 9 Groups
APO Tele Converter: 1.4X AF, 2X AF
Angle of View: 8.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
Mininum Aperture: f32
Minimum Focusing Distance: 250 cm / 98.4 in
Filter Size (mm): 46 (Rear)
Maximum Magnifications: 1:7.5
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 119 x 214 mm/4.7 x 8.4 in
Weight: 2400g / 84.7oz.

See also: Lens Reviews | Sigma Lenses

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1 Comment »

Comment by tyo
2010-08-02 00:59:11

the lens stands well on its own.


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