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Sigma 300mm f/4 APO HSM for Canon AF 35mm Primes

3.5 star rating
                      3.5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $800.00
Focal Length : 8mm - 16mm | Max. Aperture : f/4.5-f/5.6  | Focus : Autofocus  

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by drdick a Professional

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Weaknesses:    Doesn't work with Eos 20D or Eos 1D mk2

Bottom Line:   
I thought I had found a great deal - Mint condition. The Shop said it wouldn't work with an EOS 20D. I said I was using an Eos 1D Mk2.
Sadly - see other postings - It will only work at f4. If you set any smaller aperture the shutter opens and freezes. An error message appears on the LCD top screen and you have to turn the camera off and back on to get the sutter to close.

I returned it to the Leamington Branch of LCE today. I'll just have to wait for a Canon 300 f4 L IS

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $239.00

Purchased At:   LCE, Cheltenham

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mankman a Expert from Palmerton, PA USA

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2002

Strengths:    Fast, silent focus, equivalent to Canon's USM
Extremely well built.
Very sturdy feel when mounted on the tripod
Excellent sharpness at f/8 or smaller
No visible chromatic aberrations

Weaknesses:    VERY soft at f/4 (but not totally unusable)
a bit heavy to use handheld

Bottom Line:   
If you stop down this lens to f/8, you get excellent results. However, wide open it is terribly soft. My Canon 70-200L with a 2x converter on, wide open is sharper than this Sigma wide open. If you can't afford the Canon equivalent and can live with shooting at f/8 or smaller, then this lens is an excellent value. Personally, I buy an f/4 lens to SHOOT at f/4....so looks like it's back to Canon L glass for me. On the plus side, the HSM focusing lives up to its hype....absolutely as quiet and fast as their canon USM counterparts.
As I said...if you can live with f/8...this is a good lens.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Canon 70-200 F/4L
Tamron 28-200 XR
Tamron 75-300 LD Macro

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Bell a Intermediate from California

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    Well built, nice optical performance, cheap in this catergory

Weaknesses:    Compatibility Problem

Bottom Line:   
For f4 and f5.6 on my Elan 7e, results are really impressive(when scanned use HP s20 at 2400 dpi), It looks even better than canon 100-400 IS at 300mm f5.6. However, I stop it down beyond f22, the slides all got washed out. Guess why, the lens can not step down its aperture on Elan 7.
Sigma states clearly on their website that this lens is fully functional on Elan 7. What?
Anyway, a nice lens, I will continue give sigma credit even though I was cheated(not intentionally I guess) and have to wait maybe two months to really get this lens work.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   Canon 100-400 4.5/5.6 L IS

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cinstance Chen a Intermediate from TN

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2001

Strengths:    Like a prime should be

Weaknesses:    No depth preview using Elan 7e

Bottom Line:   
The lense can not stop down to show the depth of field on my Elan 7e(no idea as to other cameras). There is no depth of field scale on the barrel either. So it's very hard to have any idea about what your photo will look like if stop down from f4. Optics and construction is first class. With 1.4x convertor, results is good to my eye, but no autofocus though it's still f5.6. It worths recommendation regarding to its price.
I computed the depth of field data for this lens from 4 feets to infinity. Anybody who want it can email me.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $530.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Caswell a Expert from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2001

Strengths:    Fine optical performance – slightly soft wide open, but critical by f5.6;
“Macro” (really close-focus) capabilities a great asset;
Fast, accurate HSM focussing;
Very well made; and,
Effective, built-in lens hood.

Weaknesses:    Slightly soft at f4 – not altogether a bad thing for portraiture; and,
Whilst the capability is excellent, to call 1:3 reproduction “macro” is pushing the term somewhat – IMHO close-focussing is the more appropriate term.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fine lens. Based on various reviews it is not quite up to the Canon EF 300 mm f4 L, but real close.

At the time I bought mine (two years ago) the Canon was twice the price and it was an open and shut choice. However, with the introduction of the IS version Canon cut the price of the non-IS substantially - and once stocks ran out dropped it from the line. If you insist on Canon, it will now cost you USD1 200, for, by all reports, slightly worse optical performance than the non-IS version. I (almost) always use the Sigma on a tripod and, for me, IS buys very little.

Additionally, I find the “close-focus” ability very handy - something not offered by the Canon.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   G & V Imaging

Similar Products Used:   [1] I use a range of fixed focal length lenses.
14mm - 10%
28mm – 10%
50mm – 15%
135mm – 35%
300mm – 20%
100mm macro – 10%.
[2] Various comparable lenses – notably 300 mm f4 SMC Pentax.

Type of photography:   Other

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