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Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« on: May 11, 2013, 09:49:12 AM »

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Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 04:15:51 AM »
 ''Compared to the previous 120-300, IQ has improved in overall sharpness and contrast (especially at wider apertures). This new (S) lens produces good contrast, punchy colours, good sharpness and lovely creamy bokeh (as seen from the review photos here). To my eyes, it is on par with the highly regarded Canon 70-200L f2.8 IS II, and trails closely behind the Canon 300L f2.8 II (losing out in bokeh and slight sharpness). ''


Hmm so maybe they did change something in the design? or may sample variation in the last version be an explanation.

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 05:51:20 AM »
Interesting review.


Is this version of the lens an update on
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/629-sigma120300f28oseos?start=2


I noticed the (S) in the naming of the lens. I may have missed something here?
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 06:16:55 AM »
Following their product realignment and QC improvements, Sigma grouped all their lenses into C (Contemporary), A (Art) and S (Sport). New lenses have one of these letters after all the other acronyms. Sometimes they spell it out like 35mm f/1.4 Art.
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 06:21:05 AM »
Nice lens, but not working well with TC is not nice...

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 07:53:13 AM »
Nice lens, but not working well with TC is not nice...

The previous version worked far better with Sigma TCs than with other brands. It might be the case as it took the 2x TC quite well.

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 08:21:31 AM »
Following their product realignment and QC improvements, Sigma grouped all their lenses into C (Contemporary), A (Art) and S (Sport). New lenses have one of these letters after all the other acronyms. Sometimes they spell it out like 35mm f/1.4 Art.


Thanks. Got it. ;)
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 08:21:31 AM »

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2013, 08:42:59 AM »
Why can I not stop looking at this lens. I already have a 100-400L, 70-200 f/4L IS, 70-200 f/2.8L ll and a 300 f/4L IS. Please, no more reviews and no more sample shots of this very tempting thing that I certainly have no need of. Jeez, do I have a problem ?...

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2013, 08:56:30 AM »
I have a very hard time dropping this much money on a 3rd party lens. The new Sigma 35mm was as much as I can justify- and I love that lens!
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2013, 09:05:55 AM »
I have a very hard time dropping this much money on a 3rd party lens. The new Sigma 35mm was as much as I can justify- and I love that lens!

I also have the 35 f/1.4. That's why I can't stop looking at this, and can't stop thinking about the rumored 135. I need to know whether the 35 Art was the apex or the new standard of Sigma.

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2013, 10:38:17 AM »
Following their product realignment and QC improvements, Sigma grouped all their lenses into C (Contemporary), A (Art) and S (Sport). New lenses have one of these letters after all the other acronyms. Sometimes they spell it out like 35mm f/1.4 Art.


Thanks. Got it. ;)


Just saw that there is a huge price difference as well.
The 'old' one is selling for about 2000 euro.
The new one is being offered for 3500 euro. That is in the Netherlands
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2013, 11:35:19 AM »
In an interview one of the Sigma executives said that the optical formula for this lens is the same as the previous, that this is just an upgrade in the housing.

Maybe the comments on improved performance are comparing this lens with the older non-OS version?
If not, then that's very encouraging as the OS version was already very good.

This lens is the cheapest 300f2.8 there is, and it's a zoom. If you don't have the Canon 300f2.8 then this should be a very tempting lens indeed.

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2013, 12:00:34 PM »
In an interview one of the Sigma executives said that the optical formula for this lens is the same as the previous, that this is just an upgrade in the housing.

Maybe the comments on improved performance are comparing this lens with the older non-OS version?
If not, then that's very encouraging as the OS version was already very good.

This lens is the cheapest 300f2.8 there is, and it's a zoom. If you don't have the Canon 300f2.8 then this should be a very tempting lens indeed.

Part of the point of the new Sigma is better quality control. I have read quite a few reputable reviews giving this lens exceptionally high marks, some even comparing it to the venerable 70-200L ll. So if all/most new copies of this lens are at least as good as the best of the "old" version, then this will truly be a formidable tool.

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2013, 12:47:47 PM »
I just have to say, it's good to see third-party lens manufacturers stepping up their game. They played the "cheap alternative" for so long that so many people would refuse to buy their lenses due to the cheaper quality. It looks like several of Sigma's new lenses are really starting to rival the kind of quality we get out of Canon's brand-name lenses, even some L-series lenses. That is good competition, and only bodes well for the consumer.
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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2013, 03:48:40 PM »
It would have been good if the new material for the casing had reduced the weight but it's actually put on 450g. Here's a comparison to give some context to its weight:

EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II                        1,490g
EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II                              2,400g
EF 500mm f/4 IS II                                 3,190g
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS S            3,390g
EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II                              3,850g
EF 600mm f/4 IS II                                 3,920g

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Re: Sigma 120-300m F2.8 DG OS HSM (S) First review
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2013, 03:48:40 PM »