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Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX APO HSM

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Review Date: Sep 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome price / value for money / bank for buck, very quick & accurate AF, weight, size, build quality.
Cons:
Lens cap and hood could be improved.

Having also used a Canon 300mm f/2.8, I can honestly say this lens is very, very close in performance. It's a shame it's been discountinued, however if you can get a 2nd hand copy on eBay, then jump to the opportunity. It's outstanding value for money as you will pay a fraction of the cost and get 95% of the performance.

I shoot fast paced sports (rugby) and the AF is quick and produces a large number of keepers. The images look "punchy" and have nice contrast and the bokeh is very nice... it has that "creamy" look we all love so much.

I have used this lens with a Sigma 1.4x APO EX Teleconverter and there is next to no image quality loss, giving you an excellent 420mm f/4 lens.

In summary... excellent image quality, for a fraction of the cost of a Canon L equivalent.