Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM review

An affordable telephoto lens for Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLRs

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Sigma 120 300mm f 2 8 ex dg os hsm review

The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM is a cracking piece of kit. At the apertures it's most likely to be used at it's very sharp, autofocuses quickly and offers the kind of sterling build quality you need from a lens that's likely to spend most of its working life outside.

We liked

The telephoto lens is made from durable, sturdy metal and has decent weatherproofing for outdoor shooting. Image quality is also excellent, particularly at wider apertures and using the built-in impressive optical stabilisation.

We disliked

The waterproofing falls down in the lens's lack of a rubber seal on the lens mount, and parts of the lens are tricky to manouvre at times.

Final verdict

The big maximum aperture undoubtedly makes it a more unwieldy lens, which isn't particularly welcome news, but that will often make the difference between a comfortable shutter speed and one that produces wobbly shots. The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM is well worth a look.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length120 mm
Maximum Aperture Wide2.8
Brand NameSigma
Filter Attachment Diameter105 mm
Lens TypeTelephoto Zoom
Depth271 mm

Nikon Cameras

ManufacturerSigma Corporation
Product Model135955
Product NameAPO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manufacturer Part Number135955
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This lens transforms a large-aperture F2.8 300mm lens into a zoom lens that allows you to determine the picture composition you want without having to change your vantage point. It has two SLD (the special low dispersion) glass elements in front group and another element of SLD is being used for rear group for excellent correction of chromatic aberration.

Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg