Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2003.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 300-800 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/5,6.

This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.

A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 300 mm or at 800 mm the aperture value can be f/5,6.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 

Filter and Lens Hood

If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (46 mm) would be the ones to use.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH1571-02 595".

Tripod Mount

This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
  • Long focal length with its 800 mm
  • An impressive focal range
  • Works on all sensor types
  • Has a built-in autofocus motor
  • A lens hood is included
  • A tripod mount is included
  • No built-in image stabilizer
  • Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
  • Heavy (5880 gr)
  • The price (more info)

Specification

Product Name:Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2003
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/5,6
Focal Range: 300-800 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 300-800 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 390-1040 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 480-1280 mm on Canon APS-C
  • 300-800 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 450-1200 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 18 elements / 16 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 600 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 46 mm
Lens Hood: LH1571-02 595 (included)
Tripod mount: Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 165 x 544 mm
Weight: 5880 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 11500 USD
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Reviews

fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
ephotozine.com
fredmiranda.com
shutterbug.com
slrlensreview.com
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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Alternatives to Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4,5-5,6 L IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 800mm f/5,6 L IS USM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4 G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4 G IF-ED VR II
Nikon AF-S 800mm f/5,6 E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4 G ED VR

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