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Safari With The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | Gear Talk Episode 10

By Joseph Cha on November 19th 2014

The Biggest Lens You Can Afford

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! And with the Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8 you can finally see exactly what that tiny thing is in the sky. At SLRLounge we’ve been using the new series of Sigma lenses extensively, and one lens in particular stands out (literally). It’s reach, maximum aperture, quality, and price are enough to make any telephoto hungering photographer’s mouth water, and for good reason. Check out our Gear Talk on this magnificent lens in the video and article below.

Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8 DG OS HSM | Gear Talk Episode 10

Sigma Sport Series

Sigma has given photographers who need telephoto lengths a couple of excellent options with their new Sport Series of lenses. This brand of lenses offer outstanding performance and incredible build quality at an affordable price. Here’s what Sigma has to say about their Sport Lenses.
“Engineered for dynamic capture and split-second timing, our Sports line delivers sophisticated optical performance to get you closer to those powerful action shots you’re after.”
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Justin’s Safari with the Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8

Our very own Justin Lin recently went on a Safari in Africa and took this behemoth of a lens with him. One thing that becomes immediately apparent when you pick up this lens is how heavy it is. You can only hand hold this lens for a few minutes at a time before it becomes too taxing on your biceps, which is why we recommend using a monopod when shooting for long periods.

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Justin’s Safari Gear List:

Quality of the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8

If there’s one word that clearly defines Sigma’s new line of lenses, it’s quality. Every image is tack sharp, colors come out beautifully, and unwanted artifacts like chromatic abberations and flares are well controlled. Wide open at f/2.8 the sharpness does drop slightly in the edges (when pixel peeping), and at f/4 you can’t tell at all.

Capturing Animals With The Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8

“It’s just so amazing to see the animals in the wild and to be a guest in their environment” Justin says. With the variable focal length of the Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8 Justin can get beautiful environmental portraits of the safari inhabitants, and amazing images of the animals from a safe distance.
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Capturing Portraits With The Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8

Pye also took the Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8 on a desert fashion shoot (for an upcoming Lighting workshop!) which gave him beautiful results. Although this lens is in the Sigma Sports series, it’s also makes for a powerful and beautiful portrait lens.

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This is a lens that has impressed us all in the studio. For the price you cannot beat it’s versatility, quality and performance. The Sigma 120-300mm F/2.8 is an extremely good value that we all stand behind. If you enjoyed this episode of Gear Talk be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel!

If you’re interested in learning more about this lens be sure to check out Anthony Thurston’s initial impressions on the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Awesome pictures

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  2. Troy Barboza

    So want this lens, I didn’t know based on the fear talk episode on youtube, that you had taken some portraits with the lens, because I do sports, but I also wanted to see some samples of the way it rendered flash and how portraits came out. But I am always falling in love with the way the images come out!!!!

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  3. Christoph Schwinghammer

    Awesome pics!

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  4. Dre Rolle

    I wanna take leopard portraits too :(

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  5. Sebastian Martin

    Sigma is coming out with some crazy cool lenses. In recent times I’ve only owned and shot with Canon glass. Maybe it’s time to give Sigma a try.

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  6. Aaron Cheney

    Absolutely stunning images

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  7. Greg Geis

    I don’t own a 70-200, and I so want to lust over this lens over one, for the perfect combo with a 24-70. My damn practical side keeps rearing its head telling me to put my childish dreams in check and I can only get this lens after I have a 70-200 and have an extra $3600 to blow… If it wasn’t for the size I think I would love this over a 70-200, but that is a size difference that can’t be overlooked.

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  8. Jamie Hosmer

    So much cool gear, so little time.

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  9. Jeff Morrison

    Thanks for sharing. I have this lens and love it.

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  10. Brandon Dewey

    great video, I can’t wait to rent this lens and try it out.

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