Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM


Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM


Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2003.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 300-800 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
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Read more about focal length and your field of view
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Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 300 mm or at 800 mm the aperture value can be f/5,6.
The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 
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Filter and Lens Hood
If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (46 mm) would be the ones to use.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH1571-02 595".
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Tripod Mount
This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.
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Pictures (product and sample images)
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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM
Sample pictures taken with Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
Long focal length with its 800 mm
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
Has a built-in auto focus motor
A lens hood is included
A tripod mount is included
No built-in image stabilizer
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Heavy (5880 gr)
The price (more info)
Specification
Product Name:Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2003
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/5,6
Focal Range: 300-800 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  300-800 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  390-1040 mmon Canon APS-H
  480-1280 mmon Canon APS-C
  300-800 mmon Nikon FX, Full frame
  450-1200 mmon Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 18 elements / 16 groups
Image Stabilizer:
No
Closest Focusing Distance:600 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 46 mm
Lens Hood:
LH1571-02 595(included)
Tripod mount:
Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):165 x 544 mm
Vikt:5880 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)11500 USD
 
 
Product Page (Sigma):
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Text from Sigma:"Sigma’s APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM is another unique lens in the line of Sigma offerings. An ultra telephoto as no other camera or lens manufacturer offers the serious photographer! Featuring a constant aperture of F5.6 throughout the entire zoom range, this lens is ideal for photographing wildlife when there is no way of controlling the distance of the animal to the camera. With a simple turn of the zoom ring, the photographer can instantly adjust the composition of the image without moving or disturbing the subject. Similarly, the zoom accommodates sporting photography such as soccer or surfing where the rapidly changing distance of the action requires massive changes in focal length in a matter of seconds. Two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range. At the rear of the lens, a drop in 46mm filter holder is provided so that the photographer can easily add inexpensive color correction or light balancing filters. A perfect lens for surveillance use, its stealth black finish is unobtrusive and easily concealed.

Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 450 to 1200mm F5.6 most cameras

HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus

Weighing 13 lbs & an overall length of 21 inches it can still be accommodated in a large professional backpack

When used with full frame cameras & Sigma 1.4x or 2x optional Tele Converters it becomes a 420-1120mm F8 manual focus lens or a 600-1600mm F11 manual focus lens respectively

Soft case, lens hood, circular PL filter are included. It is equipped with fixed tripod socket."
 
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Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Sigma-300-800mm-f56-EX-DG-HSM
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=106&sort=7&cat=37&page=2
 
shutterbug.com
http://shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/lenses/1003sb_thesigma/
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/sigma-slr-lenses-41/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-74/188-sigma-apo-300-800-f56-ex-dg-hsm.html
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM
Sample pictures taken with Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM
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