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Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM APO IF Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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Compatible Mountings Canon EF Canon EF Canon EF Nikon F
Dimensions 154.94 inches x 21.38 inches x 0.24 inches 2.72 inches x 1.54 inches x 2.72 inches 4.17 inches x 10.16 inches x 4.17 inches 4.13 inches x 10.24 inches x 4.13 inches
Item Weight 12.96 pounds 0.35 pounds 4.3 pounds 6.31 pounds
Lens Telephoto Prime lens Zoom lens Zoom lens
Maximum Aperture 5.6 5.6 f 5 f 6.3 f
Max Focal Length 800 mm 50 mm 600 mm 600 mm
Min Aperture 32 22 40 22
Min Focal Length 300 mm 50 mm 150 mm 150 mm
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From 300mm telephoto to 800mm ultra-telephoto, this Sigma lens provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras. This lens covers the telephoto range from 300mm to the ultra-telephoto range up to 800mm. By continuously varying the angle of view from 8.2° to 3.1°, the lens takes a lot of the footwork out of picture composition. The multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance. Two ELD glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast. The HSM models provide silent, high-speed and precise auto-focusing with full time manual focus override. It also features a drop-in 46mm filter holder in the rear part of the lens barrel, which can be rotated to facilitate the use of filters, including a polarizing filter. Since focusing and zooming do not change its overall length, this lens is easy to hold and use. In addition, since the front of the lens does not rotate, a circular polarizing filter can be easily attached and used. When this lens is used with the 1.4x Ex or 2x Ex Apo Tele Converters (optional), it becomes a 420-1120mm F8 MF lens or a 600-1600mm F11 MF lens respectively.

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The Sigma APO 300-800mm f5.6 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras provides a constant fast maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range and is optimized for digital SLR cameras. By continuously varying the angle of view from 8.2 degrees to 3.1 degrees, the lens takes a lot of the footwork out of picture composition.

The multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghosting, which is a common problem with digital cameras, and it also creates an optimum color balance. Two Extra Low Dispersion (ELD) glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast. The lens' Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) provide silent, high-speed and precise auto-focusing with full time manual focus override. The lens also features a drop-in 46 millimeter filter holder in the rear part of the lens barrel, which can be rotated to facilitate the use of filters, including a polarizing filter. Since focusing and zooming do not change its overall length, this lens is easy to hold and use. In addition, since the front of the lens does not rotate, a circular polarizing filter can be easily attached and used. This lens accepts both 1.4x and 2x APO EX Tele-Converters (sold separately).


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Style:Canon SLR Cameras
Product Dimensions 21.4 x 0.2 x 154.9 inches
Item Weight 13 pounds
Shipping Weight 28.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0009JKH78
Item model number 595101
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Best Sellers Rank #4,664 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
#204,556 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com November 19, 2005

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By Michael A. Hays on April 1, 2008
Style Name: Canon SLR Cameras
This is an awesome lens and is a real must-have for birdwatching and other nature photography. The zoom range is extremely flexible and the f-stop reasonably fast, but keep in mind that this is a very, very specialized lens. First of all, yes, it is gigantic! This is not something you'll be carrying around day-to-day. It can be very challenging to get sharp pictures at focal lengths beyond 400mm or so. You MUST MUST MUST use a sturdy, high-end tripod and gimbal head. This will also preclude the "downward fall" described in another review. The lens alone is very heavy, and once you toss in a sturdy tripod you're talking 25+ pounds of equipment at a minimum; this is really going to limit your mobility and affect the way you shoot. It takes a lot of forethought to use this lens, but I prefer to think of that as an advantage.

When used properly, this lens has fantastic image quality -- very sharp, excellent contrast. When I say sharp, I am talking L-series sharp, even wide open. The HSM focus speed is fast, perhaps slightly slower than Canon's USM but not appreciably so. The only thing it's really missing is image stabilization (or optical stabilization, as Sigma calls it), which would really help out on those long shots. This is a minor limitation, though, to a great lens. If you have the discipline to learn how to use this lens properly (and if you can afford it!), you'll reap some great rewards.
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I love this lens. I have only had it a month, I have used it with my Nikon D7100 to take some really unbelievable shots of the moon. I received it late afternoon and the first night got some really great shots. No learning curve. 300mm lets you zoom out to get some nice shots without having to change lens. It is heavy and a handful to put in the tripod if it is in the full up position.
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I have owned this lens now for one year. For most people, this is not a lens that one shoots with everyday, so it does not get the same amount of use as more typical lenses; 16-35, 24-70, 700-200 etc.

First, the downside of this lens:

It is big, quite big and heavy. Tracking it around, say in the woods, wet marshland, waters edge, where footing is not always ideal is not as easy as one might expect by just looking at the "weight" of it. It does require a good, heavy duty tripod and head. While I use a Manfrotto CF pod and their pseudo gimbal (which I actually prefer over my now former Wimberly), expect to spend close to another $1K on tripod and head if you do not already have a suitable duty one. Then plan to track this equipment along with you as well.

Next issue is that it lacks OS/IS or VR (image stabilization). Is this a big issue? It varies by person as their opinion on that. For much of what I use this lens for, it's lack of this feature is less noticeable. Though I have to be honest, I think it would be nice if it did have it!

Final negative: at 800mm it is operating in it's weakest performance point. I try to keep my shooting to 700mm and find I get better results in all regards. The 800mm is usable, great to have if/when needed.

Those "negative's" aside, I really do like this lens and the zoom aspects of it. I have 3 other telephoto or long telephoto lenses (300 2.8 IS, 400 5.6 for hiking, 500mm non-IS - all by Canon). The beauty of the Sigma is the zoom allows me to tiringly take this single lens for a day of wildlife shooting (from a tele perspective) and really have all my bases covered. I find that any image quality I give up by using this lens vs.
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Was as big as I anticipated though a little heavier. Takes a little extra effort to maneuver onto the tripod. Also not nearly as easy to pan and swing to chase an object. Also at 18 pounds - plus another 18 pounds for tripod/gymbal - this rig is not going to be going as many places as other combinations. Could probably walk and hand hold a smaller combination much closer to a subject than this lens would permit. But it will depend on what and how you are shooting!

the 300-800 zoom was not as awe inspiring as I had expected. The focus is fast and reasonably accurate - not as accurate as some intermediate zooms but near enough.

Not super impressed with the case - the velcro attachments to secure the lens inside are not very solid - they attach to loose fitting fabric which realistically could allow the lens to move around.

Image quality is good - but not $8000 good. For most shots you would be hard pressed to pick a difference between shots taken with a smaller lens and extender (or crop body).

I was VERY disappointed at the level of protection AMAZON used to package this lens. Sure the box they packed it in was huge - but the Sigma box was flopping around inside with little protection. Also Amazon missed the next day delivery by 4 DAYS (not the effort they said they would make for this transaction).
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First off, this lens is no toy. It is a serious tool. One of the reviews here is not taking into account the persons ability to know how to use a lens like this. If you do not know how to use the lens, the lens can be no better than the photographer.

This lens requires support. That can be in the form of a heavy tripod and gimbal head, or it can be in the form of bean bags. Bags over the lens and well as under it.

A 800mm lens can see the effects of a 3 mph wind going gently by. Would not doubt it would see the effects of a bug landing on it. This lens needs substantial support. It could also benefit from mirror lock up, and a remote shutter, or a delayed timer.

If you are not going to take the time to learn how to use it, and then take the time to set it up, do not bother getting this lens. It will do you no good at all. Stick with the kit lens that came with your camera.

However, if you are a pro, this is a serious pro lens. It will knock your socks off! No other lens on the planet will do what this lens will do. 300-800mm Zoom in a constant f/1:5.6. Simply a dream lens!

As for that other reviewer, enjoy your kit lenses.
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