Lens Review: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM A1

02 23 2014

The Sigma 120-300/2.8 lens I rented for the past week has been boxed up and is ready to be shipped back. It’s been a fun shooting with it, and I’m sad to see it go back.

Pros:

  • Sharp, even wide open
  • Minimal vignetting wide open
  • Being able to shoot 300/2.8 without being locked into a prime lens is really handy during a shoot.
  • Being able to cover the entire 120-300 range at 2.8 is really, really handy.
  • Usable without a monopod (but barely)

Cons:

  • Heavy. Very heavy. 1DX + this lens + 600EX-RT is almost 12 pounds.
  • Focusing is a little on the slow side. (It’s not THAT slow, but it’s not a true sports lens by any stretch.)
  • It’s not cheap. However, there’s no other lens like it, and it’s a lot cheaper than say, Canon’s 200-400/4.
  • Very conspicuous. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this many comments about my lens before. Carrying the lens definitely makes you stand out.

Should You Buy It?

If you need a f/2.8 zoom lens that goes beyond 200mm, this is an excellent value. If you rarely need to shoot beyond 200mm at f/2.8, consider the Canon 70-200/2.8 instead.

Will I Buy It and Why?

Probably — there are many times when shooting cosplay and my kids that I want to go beyond 200mm and still have the bokeh from f/2.8.


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