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

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

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)

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.

Ultra-telephoto lens that provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras

Lens construction

Specifications

Others

APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM

Lens Construction 18 elements in 16 groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 8.2-3.1 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (rounded diaphragm)
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

Barcode No.

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

Ultra-telephoto lens that provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras

MTF chart

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800mm

Distortion

300mm

800mm

Vignetting

300mm

800mm

Ultra-telephoto lens that provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras

In the news

‘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 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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

Ultra-telephoto lens that provides a constant fast maximum aperture and is optimized for digital SLR cameras

Accessories

Lens Hood for 300-800mm F5.6 APO EX DG HSM

Part No. 594001

£499.99

Front Lens Protector for 300-800mm F5.6 APO EX DG HSM

Part No. CS0143

£32.99

Padded Case for 300-800mm APO EX DG HSM

Part No. CS0072

£199.99

Front Lens Protector

Part No. CS0143

£32.99