This Lens Completely Changes the Large-Aperture Classic 300mm f/2.8 lens to a Zoom
The 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM lens is fully compatible with all entry level Nikon Digital SLR cameras.
This lens completely changes the large-aperture classic 300mm f/2.8 lens to a zoom that allows you decide the image composition without needing to change your location.
A pair of special low dispersion (SLD) glass elements are used in the front group while another SLD lens element is deployed in the posterior group to provide incomparable chromatic aberration correction. This new lens coating diminishes flare and ghosting, a commonplace predicament
occurring in digital cameras and additionally provides an optimum customary color symmetry.
As focusing and zooming never change its overall reach, the lens provides ease of handling. HSM make certain of a quiet, speedy, autofocus as well as delivering manual focus full time (in the Canon, Sigma, and Nikon mounts). (TS-41) Tripod Socket is provided as a customary accessory. Circular polarizing filters are easy to use as the the lens front doesn't rotate. When the lens is deployed with 1.4x EX or the 2x EX Sigma Apo Tele Converters (which are optional), it can become an F4 168-420mm AF telephoto or into an F5.6 240-600mm AF ultra-telephoto respectively.
Having HSM simply means the lens will properly autofocus on all entry level Nikon Cameras.
Revised article Nov 9, 2014
• A digitally optimized
telephoto zoom lens covering ultra-telephoto up to 300mm with a fast maximum aperture of F2.8 at all focal lengths.
• Fully compatible with all Nikon Digital SLR cameras including the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100 and D5000.
• New coating and design minimizes flare and ghost.
• Four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements provide excellent imaging capability comparable with fixed focal length lenses.
• The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) provides silent, high-speed and precise auto-focusing with full time manual focus override.
• Accepts both 1.4x and 2x EX APO TELE CONVERTERS. When combined with the 2.0x converter it becomes a 600mm ultra-telephoto zoom lens .
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Super zoom for action sports, March 25, 2009
By Paul Johnson "pfjbaldwin" (Baldwin, MD United States)
I purchased this lens in the Fall of 2008 and unlike another reviewer, it was very well packed when I received it. I was shooting a lot of HS and college
sports from the sideline with a 70-200 2.8 and sometimes had to crop my shots heavily, but still with with excellent results. Years earlier I had outgrown the marginal images of the consumer grade 70-300. I struggled with a 300 2.8 prime I rented as it lacked the range and flexibility I grew to love in a zoom. I tried this lens and have been hooked ever since!!! Beautiful tack sharp full frame images with excellent color. This lens definitely took me to the next level and is the tool I needed for true pro results. The zoom is like silk and holds perfectly. This lens is heavy and built like a tank, but mounts well with a Manfrotto 234RC head on a 680B monopod. While the head is quick release, it is rock stable. I don't miss the
image stabilization that would have added $2500 to the price tag.
If you're looking for pro action images at an outstanding value price, this is your lens.
Professional glass that fills gap in Nikon lineup, May 31, 2008
By Frederick Gaston (Wilton, CT USA)
I shoot 2-3 sports events a week and while I love my D3 needed more reach (had been trying to shoot soccer & track meets with Nikon 70-200 & Sigma 100-300). I concluded after a lot of thought & soul searching it would be more strategic for me to buy D300/Sigma 120-300mm combo than a 200-400mm for the D3. [the 100-300mm is a great lens too, but that extra stop is so sweet!]
For me, I definitely wanted a f/2.8 lens and felt a zoom would be more versatile than the Nikon 300 f/2.8 (& cheaper too).
There's no question it's a heavy lens by most people's standards, but I always use with a Monfrotto 681B monopod (which I love too).
Have only had this combo for about a 2 weeks but love it. The pictures are tack sharp, and the bokeh is awesome--rivaling Nikon 70-200mm IMHO. People always mention you have to get a good copy from Sigma but buying new I was fairly certain this would not be a problem, and I knew I could always send it right back for another copy with no problem.
[....]In summary this combo has helped me take my game to a whole new level, and I'm very, very happy with this lens.