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Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Apr 3, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,625.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Constant f2.8 aperature and 120-300mm zoom range. Well constructed and priced competitively. Tripod Collar. Very Quiet and Quick focus....no hunting. It locks in and that's it. Color looks very good to me. Four year warranty.
I would think twice before carrying this lens for a five mile hike. ( I'm kinda old ). I use a Bogen monopod when shooting sports.

Bought the lens in October of 2003 for shooting High School soccer and track on my Canon 10D. The first thing when I acquire a new lens is to put it on a tripod and shoot a series of pics thru the entire f/stop range. This lens proved very sharp from f2.8 to f16. Then I had to learn which sensors work best for me to get a higher ratio of sharp pictures. I finally have decided that I enjoy the challenge of "sharp shooting" wide open with/without my Sigma APO 1.4 teleconverter. Missed focus I blame on my slow reactions and inexperience with auto-focus lenses. I have 45 yrs. of motion picture productions and large camera landscape work for fun. It is truly a joy when I "hit" focus on fast action and I can see the beads of sweat and facial details etc. This lens is truely a keeper.