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Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 EX IF APO HSM

Review Date: Mar 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,995.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb optical quality, incredible reach, low price, the only true superzoom.
It's heavy, it's a sigmonster!

The is an incredible piece of glass. I found it for $2995 on ebay at IT Overstock. They had 3 for sale. It was grey market with a Euopean warranty but, Sigma USA honors the 1 year international warranty.

It's focus speed matches any USM lens I own. It is sharper at 400mm than my EOS 400mm f5.6 lens. It is tack sharp from 300-800mm at f8. I use it on a Bogen 3421 Gimbal head with a Bogen 3021 tripod and it is perfectly balanced with a 20D or 5D.
The Bogen head is a steal. The Bogen head is lighter, more rigid and $400 cheaper than a Wimberly head. I have tried a friends Wimberly head so I can make a direct AB.

See for a shot taken at 800mm, exposure was 1/40 sec at f8 with -1 f-stop fill flash on a 20D.