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Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM APO IF Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras
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- Optimized for digital SLR cameras
- Multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduces flare and ghosting
- Extra Low Dispersion (ELD) glass elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum
- Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) for ultra-quiet shooting
- Features a drop-in 46 millimeter filter holder
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|Item Dimensions||14.37 x 29.68 x 12.95 inches|
|Item Display Weight||5,880 grams|
|Item Weight||1.32 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Limited Warranty|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35 mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||8.2 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||24.95 pounds|
|Style Name||Nikon SLR Cameras|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F, Nikon F(DX), Nikon (DX), Nikon (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Canon EF||Canon EF||Nikon F||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||auto-focus||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||auto-focus||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||29.68 x 12.95 x 14.37 in||6.3 x 18.15 x 6.3 in||6.18 x 20.51 x 6.18 in||4.1 x 10.2 x 4.1 in||9.33 x 28.58 x 9.33 in||4.17 x 10.16 x 4.17 in|
|Item Weight||1.32 lbs||10.12 lbs||10.8 lbs||6 lbs||34.61 lbs||4.3 lbs|
|Lens Type||telephoto||Prime lens||Prime lens||medium-telephoto||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
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|Minimum Focal Length||300 millimeters||800 millimeters||800 millimeters||150 millimeters||200 millimeters||150 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 millimeters||52 millimeters||46 millimeters||95 millimeters||72 millimeters||95 millimeters|
From 300mm telephoto to 800mm ultra-telephoto this new 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. New coating reduces Ghost and Flare The new 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. It is equipped with ELD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements Two ELD glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast. HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mount lenses) The HSM models provide silent, high-speed and precise auto-focusing with full time manual focus override. It also features a drop-in filter 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. Internal Focusing and Internal Zooming 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 use. Accepts both 1.4X and 2X APO EX Tele-Converters When this lens is used with the 1.4x EX or 2x EX Apo Tele Converters (optional), it becomes a 420-1120mmF8 MF lens or a 600-1600mm F11 MF lens respectively.
The Sigma APO 300-800mm f5.6 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon 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) provides 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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I just got my lens a few days ago and just had a chance to use it today. I went down below the house and set up to take a few pictures of Mt. Hood as we can see it from across the street. You will need a pack mule, 3 teen age kids, and a wagon to pack the tripod lens and body. I have a 4 wheeled cart I use to transport from the parking spot to race site behind my mountain bike so I can do it myself. I use a Manfrotto 055 tripod with a 504HD pan head as I shoot moving targets and wanted a head for that. 28 pounds or so total for the setup, more time at the gym I guess.
The lens is what I expected on my EOS 7D so I am at 460mm instead of 300. It was a little warm today with a fair amount of moisture in the air as they are still irrigating the cherry trees. It picked up all the haze and most of the mountain at 300mm. We are about 45 miles from the mountain and I could not get it all in frame. I did not find it soft on either end, nor did I see any real problems with the focus being slow as some have complained about. The trees in the foreground are well defined at 300mm.
After I loaded my photos on the laptop I saw the first 3 shots had a pronounced "dust spot" just to the left of the mountain flank, thought it was on the screen at first. After looking at it magnified it was a crow at about 1 mile and it was razor sharp in outline. I know it is a mile because the 2 orchard blocks are about 1 mile long total and it was a little past them. You can really tell it is a large black bird. I spent a couple of minutes looking at the shots I took and was impressed at the clarity and resolution. At 800 you can actually see some rock features of the mountain. Impressive to say the least. Yes, at 80 degrees you can see the air convection from the heat at long distances. A really less than optimal test, but realistic conditions for the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. The polarizer got rid of some of the haze, but not all.
Camera shake is a problem as we had a 5-10mph breeze and I could see just the slightest movement as I was setting up for the shots. I may have to use a full size sensor camera for this lens as it may be too long at 300mm for where I sit. I look forward to fall/winter when the air cools and clears to really see what Mt. Hood looks like at the house.
My first impression was complete satisfaction in the purchase. The second impression was feeling how old I am packing this thing around! I have wanted this lens for over 5 years, I could not ask for a more perfect gift than to see a dust spot turn into a 2 or 3 pound bird at a mile. I did not even see it when I took the shots. I was shooting shutter preferred at 1/1000 to about 1/3000 with ISO and aperature set by the camera. Shooting conditions for me at the race site.
I wish I had bought this lens 5 years ago. I see how it got the name "SigMonster". It is not a lens for point and shoot and if you expect that you may as well buy a point and shoot camera as you will be disappointed. I started with a Canon F1 and a couple of lenses back in the 70's, A2E in the 90's, and digital just 3 years ago.
Used it last weekend and was impressed with the results. Color is outstanding. Used a 46mm "Moose Polarizer" modified by me to fit the filter holder all weekend. Chucked it up in a lathe and made it a little bit thinner to fit the lens. I doubt it will ever leave the holder. Lens requires a bit of a learning curve but it performs very well on 180mph boats. It is HEAVY!!!
Just returned to look at the shots.
VERY Happy. The Canons have firmware 1.1.1
Fast to focus, sharp, big (DUH), heavy (DUH) but the shots more than make up for the mass.
Mounted on an Opteka GH1 gimbal, using a red dot gunsight reticle ounted on an a cold shoe arm off the body and in falling light a 580EXII with Better Beamer.
Was a bit reticent with no crop factor but post cropping looked fine.
Also tested with both Sigma APO TC's (1.4 and 2.0).
Even with the 2.0...very little in IQ degradation if any.
If you want reach with versatility (because you ain't running around with your zoom legs and this hunk-o-glass)...you can stop looking. This is it.
UPDATE - 01/31/13
Since my return from Bosque been using the Canon 1DX + Sigmonster on surfing shots. FANTASTIC combo.
Switched to an older Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 set of legs and swapped out the Opteka GH1 gimbal for a Monfrotto 393 gimbal mount.
Perfect combo for surfing. The shots are tack sharp and I can shoot from the bluff at the parking lot at Windnsea beach in LaJolla, Ca and nail guys on the outside break. Couple weeks ago in the sustained pouring rain with the break running 7' both rigs worked great with no additional weather protection during 4+ hours of shooting. AF with this chunk of glass was very fast even switching from the main break to another guy dropping in on the break further south.
For closer stuff I use the other 1DX with the Canon 28-300L IS mounted on a Cotton Carrier vest. This whole system works great for fast shooting and switching between rigs.
The wife is going to have to get a bigger casket when I croak because both the body and this lens are going to be in a death grip in each hand.
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Great sharpness, focus is quick, HUGE zoom range.
The only thing is you need a canon 1dx or 5d mk iii as a rear lens cap.