Review: Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S

by Beau Johnston
Photo Courtesy of Sigma Photo

Specifications:
  • Lens Construction: 23 Elements in 18 Groups
  • Angle of View: 20.4º-8.2º
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Mininum Aperture: f22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 150cm -250cm cm / 59.1in - 98.4in
  • Filter Size (mm): 105mm
  • Maximum Magnifications: 1:8.1
  • Dimensions: (Diameter x Length) 124.4mm x 291mm/4.8in x 11.5in
  • Weight: 3,390g / 119.6oz.
  • Accessories include: Lens Hood (LH1220-01) & Carrying Case.
  • Price: $3,599.00

Sigma's new 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S lens mounted to my Nikon D300s

Our Thoughts:
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Wyoming's Absoroka mountain range, near Cody, to photograph the bighorn sheep rut.  The trip, which would allow our group to view and photograph the bighorns, would require a lens with a little more reach than my old Nikon 80-200mm f2.8.  Wanting to be well prepared for unique photographic opportunity, I decided to begin looking into renting a lens.  I have rented/used Nikon's 400mm f2.8 on multiple trips into Yellowstone, but I could not justify the rental price for this trip.  I had heard people say they were not as sharp, had chromatic aberration issues, and all around less quality than the name-brand lenses.  Not one to take someone's anecdotal data as proof, I decided to do my own research, save some money, and rent Sigma's new 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S lens. 

Nikon D300s, 1/320sec, f/4.0, 250mm, 800ISO

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