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APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM

APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM

Ultra-telephoto lens that provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras. SRP £7,999.99

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From 300mm telephoto to 800mm ultra-telephoto this new lens provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras.

This lens covers the telephoto range from 300mm to the ultra-telephoto 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.

New coating reduces Ghost and Flare

With Super Multi-Layer Coating

With Super Multi-Layer Coating

No Super Multi-Layer Coating

No Super Multi-Layer Coating

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.

It is equipped with ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements

Two ELD glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast.

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mount lenses)

Hyper Sonic Motor

Hyper Sonic Motor

The HSM models provide silent, high-speed and precise auto-focusing with full time manual focus override.

It also features a drop-in filter

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 polarizing filter.

Internal Focusing and Internal Zooming

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 use.

Accepts both 1.4X and 2X APO EX Tele-Converters.

When this lens is used with the 1.4x EX or 2x EX Apo Tele Converters (optional), it becomes a 420-1120mmF8 MF lens or a 600-1600mm F11 MF lens respectively.

 

Lens Construction

APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM

Specifications

Lens Construction 18 Elements in 16 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 8.2-3.1 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9pcs
Minimum Aperture F32
Minimum Focusing Distance 600cm / 236.2in.
Maximum Magnification 1:6.9
Filter Size 46mm (drop-in type)
Dimensions Diameter 156.5mm x Length 544mm / 6.2in. x 21.4in.
Weight 5,880g / 207.4oz.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Sigma Canon Nikon    

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-595562
Canon 00-85126-595548
Nikon 00-85126-595555

MTF Chart

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Distortion

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Vignetting

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In The News

Steve Young - Outdoor Photography

Steve Young - Outdoor Photography - September 2005
'Zoom-wise, this lens has no real competitor and so is in a class of its own.' 'The AF was fast, silent and accurate. The results of this session were stunnng - I couldn't have been happier. Since viewing the results...this lens has gone virtually everywhere with me. Would I buy one? Yes.'

 
 
The Photographer
The Photographer - John Henshall - July 2005
'From time to time landmark products redefine our photography. These products may be new cameras or the latest imaging software, but sometimes they are the most important items which produce our images: the lenses.' 'A big advantage of this lens is that you are able to adjust the zoom to the precise focal length required to frame your subject… Imagine being on safari and finding that the 500mm lens you have on the camera is not tight enough… you might need, say, 726mm to fill the frame. With this Sigma zoom, you’ve got every possible focal length from 300mm to 800mm in a single lens – and all at the same f/5.6 aperture.'
   
Ephotozine Ephotozine - March 2006
‘The optical qualities of the lens make it worth carrying the weight along with you. It is sharp throughout the range, has excellent contrast and good neutral colour rendition. With a constant aperture of f/5.6 throughout the focal lengths and excellent performance wide open there is very little to criticise.’ '…once it is in a situation where it is comfortable, there is not a lot that can touch it. With converters, it can match the focal lengths achieved by Digiscoping with an enormous leap in quality.’ ‘I’ve used it on 4,6,10 and 12mp cameras and all the results are stunning.’
   
British Journal of Photography British Journal of Photography - 21st March 2007
‘Sigma is not so much a cost-competitive brand as one that delivers innovative products and professional performance at a very affordable price.’ ‘Overall, the 300-800mm zoom works brilliantly and captures some very eye-catching images. At £5,000 it isn’t cheap, but it is a lot less costly than some of its potential rivals. More importantly, it is a very versatile and superbly built lens that, for the right users, will surely justify every penny of its price.’
   
Digital Photographer Digital Photographer - Issue 54
The optical qualities of the lens make it worth carrying the weight along with you. It is sharp throughout the range, has excellent contrast and good neutral colour rendition. With a constant aperture of f/5.6 throughout the focal lengths and excellent performance wide open, there is very little to criticise. Distortion is almost immeasurable with figures of less than a half of one percent at both ends of the zoom.’
   
RPS Journal RPS Journal - June 2007
‘The ability to continuously vary the focal length of such a long lens was very useful, since it was possible to fill the frame with a single bike at various distances from the track. Autofocus was fast enough to follow moving bikes, which seems particularly impressive when you consider the volume of glass in the lens. The large zoom and focus rings were easy to find, and continuous manual focusing was useful on occasions when the camera lost autofocus and needed a manual tweak to get it back.’
   
Photography Monthly Photography Monthly - October 2007
‘This lens is in a class of its own – no other zoom lens on the market approaches its pulling power. There is very little drop-off in resolution between the shorter ad longer ends of the zoom and the difference between centre and edge is minimal.
   
Freelance Photographer Freelance Photographer - December 2008
‘It’s a flexible and uncommon bit of hardware that, if you’ve given the right assignments, will pay for itself. Rather than hiring, owning one gives you the chance to take some astounding images – cityscapes to wildlife, covert ‘spy’ shots, sports – the range of applications for this lens is huge. More impressive is that the AF is fast; the zoom control is light and precise, with no creep. You simply cannot fault the results this lens gives.’