Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS for Nikon

Available May 22, 2014

Perhaps the most unique Sigma telephoto, the 120-300mm f/2.8 provides a range and aperture not available from anyone else. This is a very sharp lens that focuses relatively quickly with hypersonic motor drive and Optical Stabilization. The Sigma 120-300 f2.8 zooms are long-term favorites of sports shooters, especially on the sidelines for football and basketball.

At over 6 pounds, this is a heavy lens. Unless you’re really strong, you’ll want to shoot from a monopod.

Please Note: This lens is NOT compatible with Nikon teleconverters.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

My take on this lens results in equal amounts of email from Sigma Fanboys saying I’m overly harsh and Nikon Fanboys saying I give this lens too much credit. So I must have it just about right.

What we have here is a very unique lens: there is no other f/2.8 zoom in this focal length. No one even tries. It is THE only choice if you need a 300mm f/2.8 lens but want to be able to zoom out. So that’s your choice: 120-300 f/2.8 zoom or 300/f2.8 prime. To make the choice easier, the Sigma 120-300 is quite a bit less expensive than the 300 f/2.8 Nikon prime and not very much larger.

The Sigma zoom isn’t quite as sharp in the center as the Nikon 300 (you won’t tell the difference in a 5 X7 print or an online jpg, but you might in an 8 X 10 print and certainly would in something larger). It’s definitely softer in the corners, but that’s usually not what you’re worried about with a telephoto lens.

Nearly as sharp, same aperture, it zooms, and all that at a lower price. That’s a tough formula to beat, but there’s always a catch. You will find the Sigma doesn’t autofocus as quickly or as accurately as the Nikon 300 prime, especially in low light. If you expect it to, you will be disappointed. You’ll still get plenty of keepers, but you’ll also have more out of focus shots.

This lens also has a pretty high electrical failure rate. That failure may occur after shipping so you need to get this one a day early to test it out if it’s a critical shoot. And you might not want to take this on African safari as your only telephoto lens. Finally, if you have an older camera (read that as 2 years or more) we can’t predict whether it will autofocus with this lens – you should check the various online forums to see.

Filter Size
105mm (nonrotating front element) NOTE: We do NOT stock 105mm filters
6.5 lb
Included, no part number
Minimum Focusing Distance
4.9 feet@120mm; 8.1 feet@300mm
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
8-20 degrees
Zoom method
Internal, nonextending, nonrotating
Image Stabilization
3 to 4 stops
Focusing System
Internal, HSM motor, AF-MF switch, focus limiting switch
Aperture Blades
9, curved, circular
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Nikon F

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3 days $26.00 $116.00 $142.00 $47.33
4 days $28.00 $125.00 $153.00 $38.25
7 days $38.00 $166.00 $204.00 $29.14
10 days $51.00 $224.00 $275.00 $27.50
14 days $66.00 $291.00 $357.00 $25.50
21 days $88.00 $390.00 $478.00 $22.76
30 days $111.00 $490.00 $601.00 $20.03
45 days $144.00 $639.00 $783.00 $17.40
60 days $169.00 $747.00 $916.00 $15.27
90 days $218.00 $963.00 $1181.00 $13.12
Rental Period Lenscap Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $18.00 $116.00 $134.00 $44.67
4 days $19.00 $125.00 $144.00 $36.00
7 days $25.00 $166.00 $191.00 $27.29
10 days $34.00 $224.00 $258.00 $25.80
14 days $44.00 $291.00 $335.00 $23.93
21 days $59.00 $390.00 $449.00 $21.38
30 days $74.00 $490.00 $564.00 $18.80
45 days $96.00 $639.00 $735.00 $16.33
60 days $113.00 $747.00 $860.00 $14.33
90 days $145.00 $963.00 $1108.00 $12.31
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $116.00 $38.67
4 days $125.00 $31.25
7 days $166.00 $23.71
10 days $224.00 $22.40
14 days $291.00 $20.79
21 days $390.00 $18.57
30 days $490.00 $16.33
45 days $639.00 $14.20
60 days $747.00 $12.45
90 days $963.00 $10.70

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