Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS APO HSM

        

General information

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2011.
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 120-300 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/2,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.

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 120 mm or at 300 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.

Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 105 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH1128-01".

Tripod Mount

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

Different versions of the lens

This lens has replaced an earlier version and this lens is currently the newest version but please compare it with the earlier versions before you buy it.

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.

  • The lens brightness, f/2,8
  • Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
  • Has a built-in image stabilizer
  • 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
  • The lens is sealed against dust and moisture
  • The lens is the latest among several editions
  • Heavy (2950 gr)
  • The price (more info)

Specification

Product Name:Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS APO HSM (See dictionary)
Release date: 2011
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/2,8
Focal Range: 120-300 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:
  • 120-300 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 156-390 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 192-480 mm on Canon APS-C
  • 120-300 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 180-450 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 23 elements / 18 groups
Image Stabilizer: Yes, OS
Closest Focusing Distance: 150 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 105 mm
Lens Hood: LH1128-01 (included)
Tripod mount: Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing: Yes
Dimensions (diameter x length): 114 x 289 mm
Weight: 2950 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 4700 USD
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Reviews

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cardinalphoto.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.

Different versions of this lens

Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS APO HSM has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2002) Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 APO DG HSM
(2011) Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS APO HSM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS APO HSM for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS 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 200-400mm f/4 IS L
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2,8 L IS II USM
Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 APO DG HSM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS APO HSM for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 DG OS 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 70-200mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2,8 APO DG HSM

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