Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens priced at $3,599, will start shipping in early May

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Sigma officially announced the pricing and availability for their new 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens: shipping in the US will start in early May for $3,599. The new Sigma USB dock is priced at $59 and it will also start shipping in early May.

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens MTF charts:

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM lens MTF chartSigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM lens MTF chart 2

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens specifications:

Lens Construction 23 Elements in 18 Groups
Angle of View 20.4º-8.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 150cm -250cm cm / 59.1in - 98.4in
Filter Size (mm) 105mm
Maximum Magnifications 1:8.1
(Diameter x Length)
124.4mm x 291mm/4.8in x 11.5in
Corresponding Mounts
Sigma HSM
Nikon HSM
Canon HSM
HSM -Hyper-Sonic Motor
DG - DG for Digital

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens construction:

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM lens construction

Press release:

Sigma Corporation announces pricing and availability for new 120-300mm lens and USB Dock
Global Vision products hit shelves in US early May

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — April 24, 2013— Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the pricing and availability of the Sigma USB dock and the company’s newly redesigned 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM from the Global Vision Sport lens category.

The updated 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens will be available in early May for the street price of $3,599 in Sigma and Canon mounts. The USB dock, which is compatible with lenses from Sigma’s new Global Vision lineup, will also be available in early May for the street price of $59.

“As the first lens of our Sports lineup to become available, we’re glad to continue the next round of our Global Vision lenses with the 120-300mm F2.8,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our USB dock is the first in the industry of its kind, and we’re confident that it will be a ground-breaking product in helping photographers as they work.”

With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. With a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8, this lens eases difficult shooting conditions. It is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to switch between two custom settings created via the USB dock. The 120-300mm lens has been redesigned and quality-control tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system as part of Sigma’s new Global Vision category restructuring. Under the new Sports category, the lens also has the manufacturing year stamped on the barrel.

The Sigma USB dock, an industry first, works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro (SOP) software to connect a photographer’s lens to their personal computer and the internet to update firmware and other parameters. The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses, such as the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM. Upon arrival of the products, SOP will be available via a downloadable copy online here. A video demonstration of SOP software is available here.

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  • El Aura

    That is only about 50% more than a Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8 II. If it is optically close enough in the overlapping range, this looks like a great deal to get a 100 mm-ish to 200 mm f/2.8 zoom AND a 300 mm f/2.8.

    • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

      It has the same optical design as the current 120-300/2.8 OS, so unless you want an AF limiter or USB dock compatibility for an extra 900$ you might as well go for the current OS on the market.

      • bossa

        The current unit has mechanical issues as listed by Lens Rentals in their failure lists – it’s mechanism as prone to failure quite early so if you really want one, buy the new model.

        • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

          If you haven’t heard about the new 35/1.4, sigmas quality control haven’t really gone up, so don’t expect the new OS to be a miracle performer, and if you are unsure, just wait a 6-12 months and see how it is.

  • Renato S.

    Go Sigma!

    So this is the Sports line up, does it maintain the same quality as the Art line up?

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      not necessarily, it is just engineered for a slightly different purpose. Contemporary is the low grade el cheapo optics.

  • Remedy

    I better get the previous version (the one from 2010) because price of this new one is ridiculous in comparison.

    • Renato S.

      But quality should be superior, as Sigma refuses to move to China and stay in Japan, they decided that the only alternative to keep competitive is through quality. Sigma once was known for their low budget but they no longer can compete in that area, so from the results with the 35mm f/1.4, I expect that this lens is pretty good, therefore, more expensive. They are shifting the image people have of them and they are making a name for themselves, it’s a matter of keeping this up.

      • Nishi Drew

        Pretty sure the lens is identical to the previous version optically, although ‘improved mechanics’ are probably something, and this lens actually features some sealing against dust and moisture. A 300 2.8 is already super unaffrodable while this one zooms and is a lot cheaper than what’s out from the big boys, but what’s expensive is expensive, no matter the quality

        • I’ve used the old 120-300 2.8… surprisingly sharp. Definitely not disappointing. Typical sports photographers might just go for the Nikon or Canon 300 2.8 primes because all they know is how to sit in a booth wearing shorts and machine gun thousands of shots for hours to get one good shot.

      • Remedy

        But the funny thing is the previous model was introduced in 2010! And trust me it’s great build quality. It doesn’t have that “hairy” coating older Sigmas had, it feels really solid and it’s practically the same lens as this new one, it only lacks limiter and probably won’t (or maybe it will?!?!?!) work with this new USB dock.

    • Considering the other options I would say $3599 is a fair price. From what I have read the auto focus is pretty slow for action shots on the previous models. This was is a designated sport lens so I have a feeling that AF will be much better. That warrants the price right there. If you just plan on shooting still subjects then get the older version, but if you want to shoot moving wildlife and sports and such then the price difference isn’t that big that if you can afford the previous one it might be worth saving a little more for this one.

    • Ralph

      You cant be serious, the Nikon 300f2.8 is about $6,000 and I cant be bothered looking for the price of the 200-400f4. The 120-300 with a 1.4 will be sensational if the IQ lives up to expectations.

  • Mike

    The USB dock is cheaper than I thought it would be. Nikon on the otherhand is great at selling a $50 item for $400. With that in mind I’m pleasantly surprised this is less than $100. Wouldn’t it be amazing if it were compatible with Nikon lenses…. fine tune lenses to the camera, not camera to the lenses.

  • joey jo jo

    super keen on this lens, the price isnt cheap but a lens like this is never going to be. i dont mind saving a little longer if it means i get a f2.8 on a 300mm zoom. looks stunning as well, well done sigma another home run

  • thor

    It’s a bargain

    • Ian

      A bargain for some perhaps! The price quoted, $3599 is equivalent to about £2330 at the current exchange rate, yet the lens is listed at £3599 from UK sources. Anyone would think us Brits are flush with cash!

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