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Sigma delays shipping of USB dock and 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

By dpreview staff on Mar 27, 2013 at 20:04 GMT

Sigma has announced a delay in the shipping of its new USB dock for lenses and 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens for Canon that was expected to retail this month. According to the company, this delay is due to supply issues of the parts. Announced at Photokina 2012, the USB dock enables users to easily update lens firmware and fine-tune focus parameters, while the 120-300mm F2.8 lens comes with a button to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter. Sigma has not given details about when it will start shipping the products.

The Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is dust and moisture resistant allows users to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter via a button on the lens.

Comments

Total comments: 33
Kevin Coppalotti
By Kevin Coppalotti (Mar 28, 2013)

Adjust focus speed? are there any circumstances where you want 'slow' focusing???

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Mar 29, 2013)

Two hypotheses:
1) Slow focusing for quiet environments?
2) Slow = more accurate?

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JimHancock
By JimHancock (Apr 5, 2013)

motion picture..... you need a nice smooth slow focus from one focal point to the next...

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turner72
By turner72 (Mar 28, 2013)

I have the new 35mm Sigma and I love it. Can't wait to see the 120-300 in real. The delay is ok for me, so I have more time to save the money! :-) Build and image quality of the new Sigma lines is really fantastic.

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pascalmaison
By pascalmaison (Mar 28, 2013)

3600€ ... have a dream ...

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gothik
By gothik (Mar 28, 2013)

Anybody here kind enough to share a comprehensive review of this lens please. Im using a 300f4 with a 1.4tc on a 7d and was wondering is this lens would be an upgrade to the 300. Thoroughly confused and need some help. Some sample shots would make it perfect :)

Regards

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Mar 28, 2013)

Hello "gothik"
I've used this lens for a wile, and honestly I was completely blown away from its performance specially wide open at 300mm f/2.8 .. on a full frame body! Immaculate center resolution and very, very acceptable mid and extreme corner sharpness. The auto focus is quick and silent. The Canon 300 f/2.8L IS USM II has the upper hand in many areas in comparison but the difference in the optical performance is hardly unnoticeable in almost every aperture settings. On top of that the price difference between the two lenses is so dramatic as you know! Good lens .... amazing in fact, but .... damn heavy and not very useful as a handheld tool because of that . This makes your old EF300 f/4L lens quite a bargain !!! Keep it if you do not miss the fast f/2.8 aperture ......

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gothik
By gothik (Mar 28, 2013)

Thank you so much for this George. That to me was very helpful and I would be extremely thankful if you or anyone you know uses this lens to its fullest capacity can share a couple of shots thats shared anywhere on the web which would really make it more visual than what Im imagining now. Hope that works for u . Regards

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tonywong
By tonywong (Mar 29, 2013)

I have some 120-300mm OS shots here:
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1996031733/albums/antarctica-2011. I thought I had a couple with the TC on but Aperture is being grouchy with Sigma lens EXIF info. :P

The AF is fast and the lens is very sharp. It is big and heavy though. Putting a TC on it was OK, kind of a poor man's 200-400mm F4. I would definitely consider getting the new one with focus limiter depending on what you're shooting.

Not so sure about whether it would be that much better than a 300mm prime both having TCs, but the bare 120-300mm was nearly as sharp in the center as my 400 2.8 IS II in Antarctica.

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Wyville
By Wyville (Mar 28, 2013)

Would love to see this lens more widely available so we can get some reviews on it. It looks like a great lens.

Any chance Sigma will update their tele primes to 'S' spec?

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Mar 28, 2013)

Thought I saw somewhere that Sigma was working on updating their 300 prime for a future roadmap, and that would very well fit the Sport category, while the rest of the tele primes are mostly Macro so probably the Art line would suite them. Aside from that though the 120-300 here is supposedly optically identical to the previous 120-300 OS, with the updated looks though it may have an advanced HSM, which should in theory be better than the original.

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Wyville
By Wyville (Mar 29, 2013)

It would be great to have an alternative to the Canon 300L IS II, which is very expensive. Getting the build quality and customizability of the Sports category would make the Sigma a serious alternative.

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Spectro
By Spectro (Mar 28, 2013)

If this was under 2k, I would be all over this lens. Sigma has been really impressive, hope the qc improve. Got 2 sigma, got some af issues sometimes.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Mar 28, 2013)

under 2k keep dreaming

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (Mar 28, 2013)

The currently model is easily bought for £1600 in the UK, and when you bear in mind that includes 20% VAT it probably does equate to about $2k. I don't know why the actual US price is so much higher.

No doubt the new version will be more expensive for a few months though, especially if they are in short supply.

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ScottD1964
By ScottD1964 (Mar 29, 2013)

Currently B&H is listing the new lens at a Pre-order price of $3599 and the current version at $2799. I paid $3199 for mine. Less than half the cost of the canon 300 prime and I'd say about 90-95% as good IQ wise.

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Spectro
By Spectro (Mar 31, 2013)

will keep on dreaming then

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 28, 2013)

wrong posting

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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ScottD1964
By ScottD1964 (Mar 28, 2013)

Oh, and as far as shooting hockey. Not great at ice level. Holes in the boards are too small and the lens is too big (70-200 works much better) but worked great for me from above ice with a Canon 7D for the NHL shooting I did this season. FOV of a 192-480 on the APS-C sensor bodies.

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (Mar 28, 2013)

Yeah, you're probably right. Currently using the same set up my self. Would love to see a decent 70~300 2.8 though. Got to shoot a game from the penalty box recently - that was fun, a little scary but still great.

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ScottD1964
By ScottD1964 (Mar 28, 2013)

It's actually not an overly large lens. Bout the same size as a 300 f2.8 prime. 6lbs give or take. Not super heavy but not light enough that I wouldn't use a monopod. I have the current version and love it. This one should be even better.

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (Mar 28, 2013)

The current model is actually quite a bit heavier than the Canon EF300/2.8L MkII - 2950 g vs 2400 g - and there's no mention of a weight reduction in the press release. My arms ache after an hour of hand-holding the 300/2.8 so the extra 23% would be significant to me.

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ScottD1964
By ScottD1964 (Mar 29, 2013)

Canon did an amazing job reducing the weight on the updates of the new super teles (300-600). That being said I completely agree with you Steve. I'm not one to play hero and hand hold a lens of this size for any significant period of time. No IS in the world can correct poor images due to arm fatigue. A monopod is worth every penny in these cases.

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (Mar 27, 2013)

Not big enough. Put a lens shade on that bad boy. Then we'll talk.

What a name. How about: OMG TL WAFT?
"Oh My 'Gosh' This Lens Weighs A 'Frickin' Ton"!

It will sell well especially since it will reportedly come with a bottle of ibuprofen and a discount coupon for a monopod.

Should be a seriously good lens for photographing a hockey game.

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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Mar 28, 2013)

The previous 120-300/2.8 weighs 6.5 pounds. That's pretty much exactly the same as the Nikon 300/2.8 AF-I, which weighs 2.95 kg (6.503 pounds).
I handhold the 300/2.8 AF-I all the time (and use a neck strap attached to the lens) because I don't have a monopod, and it's really not that bad.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 28, 2013)

The Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG makes it look small.

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ScottD1964
By ScottD1964 (Mar 29, 2013)

That lens can make your average elephant look small.

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SithTracy
By SithTracy (Mar 27, 2013)

That is a lens on my want list!

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farrukh
By farrukh (Mar 27, 2013)

That looks huge!

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 27, 2013)

That's what she said.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 27, 2013)

.....but sadly she was talking about the mole on your back...

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agentul
By agentul (Mar 28, 2013)

cold water will seriously decrease its performance.

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pascalmaison
By pascalmaison (Mar 28, 2013)

3600 € !

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Total comments: 33