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Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Aug 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, build quality, range, versatility, price relative to 'L' glass.
Cons:
Cost of filters.

My wife is certainly familiar with the costs associated with my wonderful hobby of photography. It's only a hobby so a $2400 on a piece of glass for said hobby certainly has not been the norm. So I finally felt comfortable enough to seek the "kitchen pass" I needed to consumate the deal and ordered this gem from one of the major online retailers.

With great anticipation I opened the box it came in and was immediately impressed with the 105mm lens opening and the quality of the build. I have to admit that I suffered from 'L' glass fever and never considered anything but Canon glass but I wanted something faster and longer than my 70-200 F4L.

Unfortunately the weather was not really cooperating so I couldn't put the lens through its paces but I did manage to verify the low light capabilities of the lens with photos taken of some very uninteresting objects around the house. Tack sharp. Then......the sun came out, I headed for a local nature park and put the lens through its paces. As others have stated previously and shown in their links,the photos were invariably sharp and had that "pop" quality.

Outstanding build quality, outstanding image quality, and excellent range and versatility. At$2400 I was expecting a bit of buyer's remorse. My experience with this lens has not resulted in any.

I believe this will almost certainly become my favorite lens!