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Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, size, optics, fast focusing, price
Cons:
Lack of drop in filters, lack of focus limit switch

This is going to be a multi part review on this lens. I had a Sigma 70-200 2.8 that I thought was one of the best lenses ever made. I have been eying the 120-300 since it was released and finally picked a non-dg version up.

I have only shot one event so far, but my first impressions are that it is a great lens. I shot a volleyball game with a 1D at ISO 3200 and the files were sharp and only a few missed shots due to focus. I attribute this to user error because I have not got a handle on this beast yet. I found myself forgetting it was a zoom and just using it at 300mm. Images are bright in the viewfinder, and it appears to lock onto subjects very quickly and accurately. I foresee this being my most used lens for sports and local wildlife.

The lens hood, well, I like it. I have heard a lot of people complain about it, but I like it a lot. It is easy to use and it attaches easily and securely. It might be nice if it was a little longer, but no complaints from me. I would like the lens cap to be designed to use when the lens hood is on or in its reversed position, but I am sure I can come up with a solution.

My next tests with this lens will involve both high school and ECHL hockey and some NCAA D-1 basketball as well as some local wild life and wrestling. I will report more then.