The exterior of this lens is EX-finished to denote the superior build
and optical quality, and to enhance its appearance.
Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 EX IF APO HSM Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens
This lens covers the
telephoto range from 300mm to the
range up to 800mm. By continuously varying the
angle of view from 8.2° to 3.1°, the lens takes a lot of the footwork out of picture composition.
The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce
flare and ghost, which is a common problem with
digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance.
Two ELD glass elements in the front lens elements reduce
chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast.
Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) models provide silent, high-speed and precise auto-focusing with full time manual focus override.
It also features a drop-in 46mm filter holder in the rear part of the lens barrel, which can be rotated to facilitate the use of filters, including a
Since focusing and zooming do not change its overall length, this lens is easy to hold and use. In addition, since the front of the lens does not rotate, a circular polarizing filter can be easily attached and used.
When this lens is used with the 1.4x EX or 2x EX Apo
(optional), it becomes a 420-1120mmF8 MF lens or a 600-1600mm F11 MF lens
• New coating reduces Ghost and Flare
• Equipped with ELD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements
• HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor for Nikon AFD mount lenses)
• Fully compatible with all Nikon Digital SLR cameras including the D40 and D40X
• Features a drop-in filter
• Internal Focusing and Internal Zooming
• Accepts both 1.4X and 2X APO EX Tele-Converters
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Max Format Size
Lens focal length
300 – 800 mm
Canon EF, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX)
Angle of view
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening
Smallest aperture opening
Includes aperture ring
Total diaphragm blades
Number of Groups
Coatings / special elements
2 ELD glass elements
Minimum focus distance
6.00 m (236.22")
Maximum magnification ratio
Full time manual focus
Lens distance scale
Depth of field scale
5880 g (12.96
157 mm (6.17")
544 mm (21.42")
Zoom lock switch
Filter thread size
rear holder for 46mm filters
Lens hood included
Tripod collar included
1.4x EX Apo Tele Converter 2x EX Apo Tele Converter
• 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Zoom Lens
• Clear MC Filter - PL-R MC Polarizing Filter
• Lens Hood with Dedicated Hood Cap
• Front Cover
• Rear Lens Cap
• Custom Fitted & Padded Cordura Lens Case
• Carrying Strap
• Sigma Four Year Warranty (Sigma One-Year Worldwide Warranty, plus Sigma Three-Year Extended USA Warranty)
The SIGMONSTER, April 1, 2008
By Michael A. Hays "dustmite" (Morgantown, WV United States)
This is an awesome lens and is a real must-have for
nature photography. The zoom range is extremely flexible and the f-stop reasonably fast, but keep in mind that this is a very, very specialized lens. First of all, yes, it is gigantic! This is not something you'll be carrying around day-to-day. It can be very challenging to get sharp pictures at focal lengths beyond 400mm or so. You MUST MUST MUST use a sturdy, high-end tripod and gimbal head. This will also preclude the "downward fall" described in another review. The lens alone is very heavy, and once you toss in a sturdy tripod you're talking 25+ pounds of equipment at a minimum; this is really going to limit your mobility and affect the way you shoot. It takes a lot of forethought to use this lens, but I prefer to think of that as an advantage.
When used properly, this lens has fantastic image quality -- very sharp, excellent contrast. When I say sharp, I am talking L-series sharp, even wide open. The HSM focus speed is fast, perhaps slightly slower than Canon's USM but not appreciably so. The only thing it's really missing is image stabilization (or optical stabilization, as Sigma calls it), which would really help out on those long shots. This is a minor limitation, though, to a great lens. If you have the discipline to learn how to use this lens properly (and if you can afford it!), you'll reap some great rewards.
Very expensive, Very heavy, only "fair" photo quality, March 29, 2008
By David E. Carter (Sanibel, FL)
I bought this product with high hopes. I saw the price, saw the length of the lens, then hoped to be able to get some great nature photos. I used this produce only 5-6 times, all with some difficulty, as the weight of the lens alone is around 15 pounds. Add a heavy Nikon D1 camera, and the tripod has to support nearly 20 pounds.
Getting a good photo was difficult, even with a remote shutter control. Just getting the camera/lens to stay focused on the subject was tough, as the heavy lens kept falling, slowly falling forward. The real disappointment came when i downloaded the photos to my computer. I got a few shots of eagles nesting close to where I live, but they were nowhere near as good as I had hoped for.
I paid about $7,000 for this lens, including shipping. I would have never have paid that much for the results I got, had I knows in advance. $2,500? Yes. Over $7,000. No. Save your money.