Pike40's reviews

  • Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Sharp, Lightweight for a 2.8 lens, good AF
    No IS, a little soft in the corners

    This lens just does not get enough respect. I have waffled between this lens and a canon 300 2.8 v1. Finally decided to give this a go because of the used price. Initially had about the same results as the SLRgear review which is ok but not in the Canon league. but after I adjusted the MFA the center sharpness is outstanding now. Took a +20 MFA but wow what a difference. I wonder if the SLRgear review made a similar adjustment. For the price of these used it is a killer bargain and very competitive with the Canon on picture quality.

    To be clear though, it does not focus as fast, although close, and it is softer in the corners than the Canon, and a big deal to some is it does not have IS.

    I have only played with the Canon V2 once, it is just better all around.

    In conclusion, I really like this lens, very competent for the price and a sleeper in this segment in my opinion.

    reviewed December 14th, 2013 (purchased for $1,500)