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120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S

Superior performance redesigned to meet photographers needs. Introducing a precise and powerful large-aperture 300mm telephoto zoom. SRP £3399.99

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Superior performance redesigned to meet photographers needs. Introducing a precise and powerful large-aperture 300mm telephoto zoom.

This lens combines the highest levels of optical performance and photographic expression with equally fine functionality and usability. It embodies the concept of the Sports line, which features outstanding action-capture performance. Fully customisable, it allows the photographer to create his or own specification. It is an ideal choice for photographing sports events, animals and natural environments, airplanes, motorsports and even portraits. It greatly empowers photographic expression, allowing photographers to capture those crucial shots.

 

Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance

Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, our Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This high-performance line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. The SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is the first product from the “Sports” line. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also perfect for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other wildlife, and for capture of aircraft, trains, racing cars and more. Another major feature of our Sports line lenses is their wide range of customisation functions: using the software provided, all sorts of settings can be tailored to the personal preferences of the photographer.

 

Dust-proof and splash-proof construction

For professional purposes, we have achieved excellent durability by incorporating dust-proof and splash-proof parts for joint parts, such as mount attachment, manual ring, zoom-ring, switches for customization and external switch panels. It prevents dust and dirt from entering the lens. Also, the usage of the zoom ring and focus ring is well positioned for shooting situations.

 

High image quality close to fixed focal length lens

This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and compensate for the colour aberration at the utmost. The design also compensates for sagittal coma flare and minimises the blurring of a point light source in peripheral areas. It offers very high image quality, close to fixed focal length lens.

 

Incorporation of focus limiter

Excellent usability is achieved by incorporating inner focusing and zooming that requires no change in the length of the lens for focus and zoom. It is possible to use with a rounded filter, such as a Circular Polarizer, as the front part of the lens is fixed. Due to the focus limiter offering adjustable range of auto focusing, this lens can provide fast focus setting. The USB dock enables users to change the range of the auto focusing at the discretion of users' creativity.

 

Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines

Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. In addition, the lenses from our Sports line have customisable AF speed, focus limiter and OS function. The “Custom Mode Switch” is the device for further customisation on the dedicated lenses.

 

Ease of use

Many parts of this lens have been designed for comfortable usage. For example, the design of the zoom ring is concerned with a texture when you hold it, the position of printed letters and the 4 control switches with integration-considered shape of the screws. Included accessories such as the removable lens hood and the newly designed tripod collar with strap ensure added ease of use

 

Flare and ghosting conscious design

In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent in handheld photography for telephoto shooting

This lens incorporates the OS system which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately  4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, ensuring the excellent use in handheld photography for telephoto shooting. The OS system has two modes - OS mode 1 is suitable for general photography, and OS mode 2 is best for panning shots of subjects such as planes or racing cars. It is possible to adjust the OS using the optional USB DOCK.

*This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6 and Canon EOS-1v.

 

 

 

Quiet and Fast AF

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. The full time manual, which offers further adjustment after focusing with AF mode, is possible. By using USB Dock, you can change and adjust the AF speed at your convenience.

 

Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm

The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

 

Compatible with the newly developed optional Tele Converters

Tele Converters that are newly designed to match the new lens line-ups (optional) can be attached. The addition of SIGMA’s TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or TELE CONVERTER TC-2001 produces a 168-420mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 240-600mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.

 

 

Brass made bayonet mount

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

 

Evaluation with Sigma's own MTF measuring system “A1”

We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we've now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

 

“Made in Japan”

 

All Sigma's manufacturing - right down to the molds and parts - is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

 

 

 

Lens Construction

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S

Specifications

Lens Construction 23 Elements in 18 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 20.4 -8.2 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 150-250cm / 59.1-98.4in.
Maximum Magnification 1:8.1 (f=200mm)
Filter Size Diameter 105mm
Dimensions Diameter 121.4 mm x Length 291 mm / 4.8in. x 11.5in.
Weight 3,390g / 119.6oz.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Sigma Canon Nikon    

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-137564
Canon 00-85126-137540
Nikon 00-85126-137557

MTF Chart

 

Distortion

120mm                                                                                  300mm

 

 

  

120mm                                                                                  300mm

  

 

Vignetting

120mm                                                                                 300mm

  

 

Photo Gallery

 

 

CAMERA : SD1
LENS : 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S
SHUTTER SPEED : 1/640
APERTURE VALUE : F8.0
FOCAL LENGTH : 300mm
PHOTOGRAPHER : Koichi Mitsui

 

CAMERA : SD1 Merrill
LENS : 120-300mm F2.8 DG  OS HSM | S
SHUTTER SPEED : 1/500
APERTURE VALUE : F8.0
FOCAL LENGTH : 220mm
PHOTOGRAPHER : Koichi Mitsui

 

CAMERA : SD1 Merrill
LENS : 120-300mm F2.8 DG  OS HSM | S
SHUTTER SPEED : 1/400
APERTURE VALUE : F4.0
FOCAL LENGTH : 300mm
PHOTOGRAPHER : Ryuichi Oshimotoi
 

 

 

In The News

Digital Photographer

'The zoom range and constant f2.8 max aperture is unique and it has a four-stop optical image stabiliser. Build quality is exceptionally good though the front half of the barrel is made of engineering plastic. Nevertheless, the rest is made of aluminium alloy and feels very durable. Sigma’s HSM is both near silent and fast in operation.'

   

PhotoPlus

‘What it does give you is the holy grail of long telephoto reach combined with a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8. Other finery includes a four-stop optical stabiliser with dual modes, ring type ultrasonic autofocus and very sturdy build quality,’

   

NPhoto

A unique blend of telephoto zoom range and fast maximum aperture makes this very versatile.’ ‘Image quality is excellent for a zoom lens, with very good sharpness and contrast.’ ‘It’s a weighty beast but very versatile thanks to its extended telephoto zoom range.’

   

ePhotozine

'Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, with fringing remaining very low towards the edges of the frame at all zoom settings. Add in the flexibility afforded by the zoom and it still makes a compelling alternative to the camera manufacturer's own fast telephoto glass. The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 S lens delivers good sharpness throughout the range.’