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| p.1 #1 · Sigma 120-300 2.8 OS (Second Version) - Some Siggy Love and Pics! |
I thought with some of the recent challenging posts about the struggles of this lens, mine included from a while back, Siggy deserved some love. I have seen a few recent issues in which this lens has been driving some folks, like me, nuts. Like many others my first copy was a bit of a mess. It wouldn't focus quite right past a certain length not to mention just not snappy. The lens was always crisp when it locked, again when it actually locked. Didn't matter if I was in continuous focus or not. I tried tons of settings to no avail.
I sent it to NY SIGMA after almost throwing it! Those folks up there straight up rock! Very nice, responsive, fast and listened to every word I had to say about my lens. They really cared and promised to get it right. When I received the lens back, very quickly I might add, HOLY CRAP!!! Its a BEAST and locks on like an animal. Yes I have my D3s settings pretty dialed in, and now its my technique that needs more improvement, but dayum. If all their lenses were like this out of the box, I am not sure I would own many Nikkor lenses for the difference in price. Here are just a few shots so folks thinking about this lens can get an idea of its capabilities. Again I am still working on my technique with this lens so there are some areas I need to work on as a shooter. But the only reason this lens misses is if I MISS!
It locks on in any light and these shots might show it. I noticed no difference in focus in sunlight or dark fields like these. At 300mm or 120mm focus is rapid and it doesn't hunt at all. Sure is you focused last at 120 let the camera go to standby then wake it up and zoom out to 300 then try to acquire focus it takes a split second for the motor to push out to that 300mm. But jeez, a little planning on my part to follow the action and I don't usually run into that problem.
This is the OS version that's currently out, not the very brand new version just announced. Anyways Hope this may help some folks looking at this lens or the new version which added the limiter switch and slight body style change. Optically they are the same lens from what I have heard. EXIF should still be intact. Some shots are cropped more than others. Some action happened unexpectedly and very close and no issues locking on, other than me trying to get myself together to try and catch it!