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Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM S Canon and Nikon mount lens review: Prime image quality in a zoom?

By Kevin Carter - Friday October 25 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S a new reference for telephoto zoom | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Canon lens performance | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon lens performance | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Canon versus competition | Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon versus competition | Conclusion

Sitting at the top of our rankings for telephoto zoom models on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III, the Sigma is an excellent performer.

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Canon35992920
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Canon16992820
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM24992721
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM13002416
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Canon7702416
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM16952316
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM12102318
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Canon16992318
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Canon8802215
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM15992115
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Canon9492113
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO-M DG Macro Canon2091811
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon4491812
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM1951812
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Canon9991713
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Canon3591710
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM2301611
Tamron AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 LD Macro Canon1251610
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM4201410
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1330149
 

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon; one of the best telephoto zooms for Nikon FX

 The Sigma performs very well on the D800, but it narrowly misses out on the top spot.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon16993122
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon35993021
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II26992920
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR13992821
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED18502615
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon7702615
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon16992514
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon9492513
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Nikon8802313
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR27002214
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED1962011
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED6692012
Tamron SP 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon4491910
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Nikon9991912
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Nikon3591911
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Nikon16591914
Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED16651810