A customer sent this lens for trade in few days ago, and I am excited when I saw the box!
Yes, the lens is now officially my property…until I put it up for sale that is.
Here’s some of the views of the lens on my Nikon D4.
120-300mm 1:2.8 DG
DG stands for digital, which means its design is optimised for digital camera sensor. Filter diameter is 105mm, which is huge! Yes, Sigma made a 105mm UV filter for it, and it comes with the lens from the original owner.
Lots of buttons on the lens. Focus (AF/MF), Focus distance setting (Full, 10m ~ infinity, minimum ~ 10m), OS (ON or OFF), Custom (not sure what is it yet).
The lens is heavy…really heavy I must say. However, after trying out the Canon EF 800mm F/5.6 lens just few days before, this lens weight seems much more manageable. Yes, it is still heavy though, especially when mounted on an already heavy Nikon D4 body.
This lens comes with a tripod collar, and a big tripod shoe, which means you should really use it on tripod or monopod.
Even with Nikon D4, the lens is still able to balance well on the tripod collar.
The lens comes with a strap eyelet, which is a blessing I must say. Put a strap over it and you can now lug the whole setup by the lens not the camera body. This makes holding it much easier.
The lens does seems a bit boring in focal length especially after I just tested out the Canon EF 800mm few days before. No, this lens is definitely not for bird shooting, as it is way too short. The power of this lens is its f/2.8 aperture, which render really nice bokeh and makes your subject stands out really well. Move a little and you can change the background colour of your subject easily.
The lens is sharp. Yes, really sharp and has no back or front focus issue. Below is the 100% crop of the above shot. You can count the eyelash of the rabbit!
Since this lens is the new ART design, you ca use the Sigma USB dock to calibrate front or back focus issue if any. This being the SPORTS model also means that it is the premium one.
Even for indoor shots, this lens is able to render the background nicely. The good thing being a zoom lens is that you can conveniently adjust the zoom ring to frame your subject the way you want, without having to walk forward or backward. 120mm to 300mm seems like a good range!
Kids were having fun outdoor with the rabbit and insects…and I have my fun too!
Lastly, my lovely wife join the party too!
This is definitely a great and fun lens to have! I shall have more fun in the coming few days!