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Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 APO EX IF HSM 35mm Zoom

4.8 star rating
                      4.8 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $4500.00
Focal Length : 300mm - 800mm | Max. Aperture : f/5.6  | Focus : Autofocus  


  • Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length300mm - 800mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/5.6
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountNikon
    Closest Focusing Distance236.2 in
    Diaphragm Blades9 Blades
    Picture Angle3.1 - 8.2 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size46 mm
    Groups / Elements18 Elements in 16 Groups
    Diameter6.52 in
    Length21.42 in
    Weight207.41 oz
    MPN595306
    Product ID24701002

Product Description

A 300mm telephoto to 800mm ultra-telephoto zoom lens featuring a constant large, f/5.6 aperture through its entire range. Availablke for Sigma, Canon, Nikon(D)


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Plant a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2009

Strengths:    Extreme reach, Sharp, Brilliant rotating filter system

Weaknesses:    Heavy (but this is unavoidable) Finish is good but not great. Attracts lots of attention. Case provided is OK for storage but not for carrying. I have a Lowepro Super Trekker which will carry this and a range of other kit.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent optically and gives unparalleled reach and ability to frame shots.
Heavy and demands care in handling. Before purchase I tried 600mm f4 and could detect little difference in quality. The flexibility of the zoom made the decision on purchase easy. Invariably this lens is first choice unless I have a long hike in which case the 200 - 400 or 500 are used

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $4200.00

Purchased At:   Warehouse Express

Similar Products Used:   Various long telephoto and Nikon 200 - 400 (totally awesome but just too short)

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ALF RIDER a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007

Strengths:    Natural colors, sharp images that can be blown up to see excellent captured details.
Very quick focussing that can be tweeked or over-ridden manually.
A joy to use and fairly easy to carry, either by the supplied strap or by its handle.


Weaknesses:    The case is made of stout canvas and protects the lens well. However the zippers along each side could be heavier.

Bottom Line:   
Easy to use, Quick, silent focussing with almost no hesitation on my Nikon DSLR's
Shows virtually no vibration. Can be used wide-open at f5.6.
Can be propped on the car widow frame for quick wildlife shots.
Good finish.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   CARMANS CAMERAS SARN

Similar Products Used:   Russian ZENIT 1,000mm. F9 in 1967-1969

Leica 800mmf6.3 'ED' Telephoto

Leica Modular 800mm. APO lens


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by toon de smit a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2006

Strengths:    Color
Zoom
contrast
sharpness. Excellent to 700mm very good @ 800mm


Weaknesses:    Yes it is heavy!
The finish of the lens. Use lense Coat!


Bottom Line:   
I own this lens a little over a year and I am very pleased with the results. I hesitated between the Nikon 500 and this lens. The Nikon had more contrast and sharpness and a more bluish character.
I use it for birdphotography. I like it’s versatility. The ability to zoom gives you a high hitrate. With 300mm you search and once you found your target you zoom in. The color, contrast and sharpness is very pleasing. I also own Nikon lenses and I discovered that in CS2 I try to make the Nikons look like the Sigma!
Up until 700 mm the lens is very sharp but also 800mm can be used. Although wide open already gives wonderful images I like to stop down a little. I find myself often choose a higher iso to be able to use f6,3 or f7,1. The only wish I have is that I could focus a little faster in low light.

You can see what I do with the lens at:
http://www.pbase.com/toondesmit/recent_pics
You can also see that I improve my photography over time. I like to think that it is thanks to this piece of equipment!

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $4995.00

Purchased At:   Konijnenberg

Similar Products Used:   I compared with the 500mm of Nikon and Sigma.

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by honeman a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2005

Strengths:    Silent, fast focusing. I've noticed little in the way of "hunting". Compared to the Nikon 80 - 400mm VR lens, it doesn't "hunt" at all.

Smooth, convenient zooming. Find your target at 300mm and shoot it at 800mm.

Beautiful clarity and contrast.


Weaknesses:    Heavy. Stable when properly mounted or propped, but very unwieldy otherwise. Long too. No hard case included. It comes in a nice soft, padded carrying case. A hard case would have been better.

Bottom Line:   
The Sigma 300 - 800mm zoom lens is nice in it's own right, but when you compare the options and the prices of those options; the Sigma lens takes on an even more superlative quality.

It isn't cheap, but millimeter for millimeter it is roughly 3 times less expensive than a 600mm Nikon f4.

When I went to pick it up at BCC, the store was packed. When we uncrated it to check how it fared through shipping and to test it, everyone stopped to look at it and ask about it.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $4550.00

Purchased At:   Bergen County Camera

Similar Products Used:   All Nikon lenses up to this point.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Gallo a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2004

Strengths:    AF
Range
Sharpness
Price


Weaknesses:    Size
weight
no IS


Bottom Line:   
A great lens in the super telephoto range. Sharp at the full range. Good contrast and color. When used with my Canon Mark II AF is right on and reasonably fast for such a range. Also, if you use the cheapo (not SP)Tamron 1.4x or 2x extenders, full autofocus is maintained.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Canoga Camera

Similar Products Used:   Canon 400mm f/4 DO
Canon 300mm f/4 IS
Canon 70-300 DO


Type of photography:   Outdoor



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