Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens

by on September 23, 2010

in Sigma

Along with the 150mm Macro, announced a new APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens earlier this week at Photokina 2010.  This new version offers optical improvements over the last generation 120-300mm f/2.8 lens, along with the addition of optical stabilization.

As with other product announcements from Sigma this week, there’s no indication on price or availability, but it expect it to be significantly more than the $3000 street price of the current non-OS 120-300mm f/2.8 model.

More details in the press release below.

Sigma Press Release

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM. The successor to the APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, introduced to market in July 2005, this new lens offers the latest optical design technology.

This large aperture zoom lens features Sigma’s OS (Optical Stabilizer) function and weather-resistant design throughout for use in harsh conditions. One SLD and Two FLD glass elements are used for maximum correction of chromatic aberrations. The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, and the lens design incorporates an inner focusing and inner zooming system to ensure sharp images throughout the entire zoom range. Improved optical performance provides excellent correction of sagittal coma flare, and ensures ultra-high resolution, comparable to a fixed focal length lens. The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. This system enables hand held tele-photography. Incorporation of HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed AF, while allowing full-time manual focus override. The rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas of the image. The addition of the optional APO TELE CONVERTER produces an ultra telephoto zoom lens with AF.

This product is showcased at Photokina 2010 in Koln, Germany.

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1 Jeff Revell September 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

Eric,
Just to let you know, this lens is already listed on the Sigma website for an estimated $4200 MSRP. I do know that for that price it had better be tack sharp.

2 Eric Reagan September 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Hey Jeff,

I think that’s the MSRP for the old, non-IS version: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/120-300mm-f28-ex-dg-apo-hsm-sigma

I suspect that the new, OS-version will crest $5k on the MSRP.

3 Kevin September 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

And Sigma is notorious for having their MSRP about 30-50% higher than the actual street selling price. The new 50-500 OS is listed at $2400 MSRP and is selling for about $1500 while the new 70-200 OS is listed at $2470 and is selling at about $1600. So if the MSRP is $5000, I’d expect street price to be somewhere in the range of about $3500.

4 Bob Howland September 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm

It’s a nice lens, but it should have been a 200-500 f/4 instead.

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