Sigma 120-400mm

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NEW Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 with Stabilization: Is it a Nikon 200-400mm and Canon 100-400mm Killer?

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM AF Lens (For Nikon) The Nikon 200-400mm f/4 AF-S VR Lens has become a legend among wildlife photographers—especially those who shoot from vehicles on safari. I personally know of several pros who have switched from Canon to Nikon just to take advantage of the killer combination of a D3, D3S or D700 with one. The second version upgraded the VR system on the lens but it didn’t address its three remaining shortcomings: f/4 maximum aperture, mediocre auto-focus speed and physical size and weight. Now along comes a major re-design of the venerable Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 HSM EX APO lens with image stabilization (OS), “splash proofing” and low dispersion glass added. Read on to find out if it knocks the Nikon off its throne in my field test…

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Sigma 120-400mm Lens Field Test

We just finished another successful Texas Bird Photo Safari. I'll be writing more later in the week but since so many of you are curious about the Sigma 120-400mm Telephoto Zoom lens I wanted to let you know that it was a complete success.

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The future Safari Lens?

For years we've been struggling to recommend the perfect lens for our photo safari participants. Nikon's 80-400 is sharp but slow and old and Canon's 100-400 is unpopular due to its push-pull operation and many samples are quite soft at the long end. It's not a speed daemon either. But after handling a Sigma 120-400 at PMA I'm hoping we've found an alternative that will work for everyone. I'm getting one next week and will be shooting with it and letting participants shoot with it in Texas & Alaska so I'll be able to report back with a full field-test.