Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM is a Fixed aperture Auto Focus (AF) Telephoto Prime
lens with 35mm FF max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with EF Mount
What type of photography is the Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
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Reasons to Buy Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Distance Scale
| Hood supplied
| Tripod Collar
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Covers Full-Frame Sensor
| 9 Diaphragm Blades for Smooth Bokeh
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Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM is compatible with cameras that have a Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM is also available in Nikon F (FX) , Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha and Sigma SA mounts.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM has a maximum diameter of 119mm and total length of 215mm. It weighs 2400g / 84.7 oz.
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM has a Drop-in type filter holder with a filter thread of 46mm.
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM has a fixed focal length of 300mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.6x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 480mm.
With a total length of 215mm and a weight of 2400g, the Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM is a large lens. Fortunately, it comes with a tripod collar which you can use to attach the lens directly to a tripod or monopod instead of attaching the camera. This connection helps to better balance the lens/kit combination.
Optical Image Stabilization
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Canon 300mm f2.8L IS II USM , Canon 300mm f2.8L IS USM, Canon 300mm f4.0L IS USM in Canon EF mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
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Maximum Magnification Ratio
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.13x and has a minimum focusing distance of 2.5m. 0.13x means that the max magnification ratio is very low and not suitable even for modest close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Telephoto Prime type Canon12 mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM has a max aperture of F2.8 and a minimum aperture of F32.0.
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM's optical formula consists of 11 elements in 9 groups . Special elements used in this design is 2 ELD glass elements.
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM comes with a removable lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos.
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