Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM Review Roundup & Samples

This monster lens provides constant aperture of f/5.6 from 300mm telephoto to 800mm ultra-telephoto. The lens also features New coating reduces Ghost and Flare, HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mount lenses), Internal Focusing and Internal Zooming, ELD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements and it accepts both 1.4X and 2X APO EX Tele-Converters which will cover you 420-1120mmF8 MF lens or a 600-1600mm F11 MF lens respectively.


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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 27.10.06)

PopularPhotography have reviewed the Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM and write;
“Wildlife shooters will love the reach of the Sigmonster, too. It is not just about making a shot of a distant animal on the Serengeti. The short minimal focal distance also allows you to capture amazing detail of small animals, without invading their comfort zone. I would not have been able to make the tight photo of a juvenile rabbit blissfully unaware of the camera with a shorter lens from the same distance, given the same frame coverage and detail…My overall impressions after a couple of days with the Sigmonster? It’s huge, heavy, and has its quirks, but the impressive optics and solid construction outweigh any negatives.”

Ephotozine have reviewed the Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM and write;
“The optical qualities of the lens make it worth carrying the weight along with you. It is sharp throughout the range, has excellent contrast and good neutral colour rendition. With a constant aperture of f/5.6 throughout the focal lengths and excellent performance wide open there is very little to criticise. Distortion is almost immeasurable with figures of less than a half of one percent at both ends of the zoom. Chromatic aberrations are also non existent until refraction kicks in at smaller apertures and even then they are well controlled. The only nit-pick I could come up with, and that is not really a quality problem is the close focus distance of six metres. That is a long way off!”

Luminous Landscape have reviewed the Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM and write;
“In my opinion, this lens is a breakthrough product. In real world situations it will get you many shots that you would miss with the prime and teleconverter system. It takes me about one second to zoom in and frame, once I’ve acquired my subjects at 300mm. If my prime lens doesn’t have enough reach, it takes me about 20 seconds to remove the camera, add the converter, replace the camera and recompose. That is often just not quick enough. In the mountain goat shot you see above, I had about a 10 second window of opportunity before they vanished over the ridge. “

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 27.10.06)

- Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM Sample Photos: 1 & 2 @ ePhotozine
- Sigma APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM Sample Photos posted @ Pbase

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Comment by Ramazan
2010-06-14 21:48:00

super lens


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