Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports review

The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports had a world-exclusive zoom and aperture combination for many years

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s hard to think of any lens costing north of around £2,500/$3,500 as ‘great value’. But the combination of a 120-300mm telephoto zoom range and a fast, constant f/2.8 aperture doesn’t come cheap. To put this Sigma into perspective, it costs around a quarter to a third of the price of the directly competing Nikon AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR, which came along seven years later, yet pretty much matches the Nikkor for performance. Bargain!


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    Impressive all-round performance

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    Tough build quality

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    Fast f/2.8 constant aperture


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    Weighty at nearly 3.5kg

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    Handling is less refined than in the competing Nikon

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The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports spent the first seven years of its life as the only lens in the world to feature this zoom and aperture combination. Nikon then launched its own version, which is marginally lighter in weight but has a much heavier price tag. The Sigma is very much better value for money and still boasts seriously good performance and a neat range of extras.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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