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 Canon 3599 29 20
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Canon 1699 28 20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 2499 27 21
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM 1300 24 16
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Canon 770 24 16
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 1695 23 16
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM 1210 23 18
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Canon 1699 23 18
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Canon 880 22 15
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM 1599 21 15
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Canon 949 21 13
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO-M DG Macro Canon 209 18 11
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon 449 18 12
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM 195 18 12
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Canon 999 17 13
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Canon 359 17 10
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM 230 16 11
Tamron AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 LD Macro Canon 125 16 10
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 420 14 10
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM 1330 14 9
 

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 Nikon 1699 31 22
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon 3599 30 21
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 2699 29 20
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR 1399 28 21
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED 1850 26 15
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon 770 26 15
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon 1699 25 14
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon 949 25 13
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Nikon 880 23 13
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 2700 22 14
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED 196 20 11
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 669 20 12
Tamron SP 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon 449 19 10
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Nikon 999 19 12
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Nikon 359 19 11
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Nikon 1659 19 14
Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED 1665 18 10