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Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX APO HSM

Review Date: Mar 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,499.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very Sharp, Fast AF, Light, Tracks a subject well, works great with the 1.4TC.
No AF Limiter, Lens hood could be a little bigger, no weather sealing.

I purchased this lens to have as a backup to my Sigma 120-300 and quickly began to favor it over the 120-300 for many field sports. I find the Prime Sigma 300 to AF a bit faster, and yield Sharper more Contrasty images than the zoom. The lens is lighter and smaller than the 120-300 lens as well as the Canon 300. It is truly a great lens at a very decent price. If I had to pick between the Canon and the Sigma prime 300 I would pick the Canon, but for the money, and performance the Sigma is a real winner!! The reason I would pick the canon is for slightly faster AF, Focus limiter which helps, and a bit less hunting in less contrasty shooting situations. The Sigma is very very close to the Canon performance, but not equal. If you are looking for a great 300mm f2.8 lens that focuses fast, tracks a subject with relative ease, is tack sharp, and has a great price, the sigma is the way to go! If you are looking for the absolute best 300 prime on the market, get the Canon.

Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM APO

Review Date: Feb 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very Sharp throughout range light and easy to hand hold very fast AF speed price
very slightly front focuses on subject that are within 7 feet.

I purchased this lens to shoot basketball, wrestling, and volleyball, my prior lens was the Canon 70-200 f2.8 L and since changing over to the 40D camera from a 1Dmk2 I quickly realized the 70mm was just not wide enough for shots under the basket, and when the action got to close. I have to tell you I was a little nervous selling my Canon knowing the great performer it was! I am happy to say that the Sigma has performed great since day 1. The AF speed is equal to the canon, I can honestly say I have yet to miss a shot that I would have gotten with the Canon. the other great thing is this lens is light! and very easy to hand hold. With the Canon I found myself getting tired 1/2 way through a game, but with this sigma, I can go on for hours. I have the 2nd gen "II" of this lens, and don't know if it is better than the first release, so I can't comment on the other lens. If I had anything to complain about it may be that when a subject is very close, it seemed to front focus a tad, but not enough to cause a problem, but enough not to give this lens an overall rating or (10). With winter sports coming to an end, I think I will drop it off at Sigma to have a look over.

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Jan 18, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: $2,199.00

Pros: Fast AF, built like a tank, f2.8, and zoom!

I canít say enough about this lens, it has been my workhorse for all of my outdoor sports photography. I owned the non DG for about a year and a half, then went to the DG version thinking it would make a difference on my 1Dmk2, but to be honest with you, the difference is not that big, the DG may be a hair more contrasty, and the color has just a little more pop, but over all it is the same thing. On my new DG lens, I had an issue with it locking up while in AI servo, but sigma was quick to replace the HSM in the lens, and now it has not locked up once. This lens works great with a Sigma or Canon 1.4X TC. The zoom is invaluable to have IMO, and the larger tripod collar is also a plus. I use this lens primarily for sports, but it makes for a great nature lens also. I have had the opportunity to get the 300mm prime, but now that I have used the 120-300, I donít think I would capture nearly as many keeper images with a prime. This is the best all around sports lens on the market hands down.

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Oct 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great Sharpness, zoom very usefull, value

I purchased this lens for outdoor sports, and nature photography. I was a little nervous about using a 2X converter due to softness, but was very surprised at the sharpness with the converters attatched! 600mm f5.6 is great for nature, and the canon 1.4 and 2X converters work great with this lens. Now that I have the 120-300, I couldn't imagin myself without it.