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Old Dec 5, 2009, 6:57 PM   #1
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Default Sigma APO 300mm F2.8 HSM

A shop in ebay has 7 of them

NEW Sigma APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM Lens at $3300

That must be new batch of HSM lenses I believe


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Old Dec 6, 2009, 6:52 AM   #2
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The ad makes me think of "Fiddler on the Roof". If I was a rich man ......
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I'd have to be not only a rich man, but one with a FAR more understanding wife to let me pay $ 3300 for a lens.......still, I can drool.

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I have the non HSM version of the lens and it is very sharp and fast to focus, but extremely heavy, although not as long as many fast 300mm lenses. It is not as sharp wide open as the FA* Pentax version, but it is very usable wide open.

Here is a 100% crop of a shot using the non HSM version of the lens mounted on my K20D.



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Old Dec 6, 2009, 9:28 PM   #5
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That sure looks spectacular, Tom. Too bad I don't have that kind of cash wandering around, though I seriously doubt I'd get as good results as you've got there. I still sometimes struggle with the f4 300mm lenses, can't imagine trying to use something as big as this one. Still tempting, though.
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I am sure you would do just fine with the Sigma 300mm 2.8 Harriet, although it does require at least a monopod.

I got mine for far less than they cost new, otherwise I wouldn't have one either from a local photographer. This is what it looks like on my K20D without the hood!



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I hate to break to all of you, but the shop on ebay says that the HSM is only Nikon, Canon & Sigma mounts. Here is the info from the Sigma web site:
Corresponding AF Mounts
[APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM]
SIGMA,
CANON,
NIKON (D)

[APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG]
SONY/MINOLTA
PENTAX
Here is the quote from the listing:
HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
The HSM models (Sigma, Nikon and Canon mounts) provide fast, silent AF function as well as full- time manual focus override.
B&H has this lens for $2999 w/ free shipping on it's web store, but there isn't an HSM version as far as I can tell. If Sigma has said something different, let me know.

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I am sure you would do just fine with the Sigma 300mm 2.8 Harriet, although it does require at least a monopod.

I got mine for far less than they cost new, otherwise I wouldn't have one either from a local photographer. This is what it looks like on my K20D without the hood!

Tom
Tom, do you think the Sigma focuses as fast as the FA*?

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It focus as fast as my other FA* lenses, but I don't have the FA* 300mm 2.8, so I have no way of know how they compare.

I would expect it is like comparing the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 and the Pentax FA* 80-200mm 2.8, which I had at the same time. The Sigma was as fast as the Pentax, although not as heavy, but the Pentax was much sharper wide open than the Sigma. Stopped down there was not much difference between the two when it came to sharpness, but there was a big difference price wise.

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