300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

The Ultimate Telephoto Zoom
Telephoto
Travel, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Action
  • Ultra telephoto zoom with a constant large aperture
  • Internal focusing & zooming
  • Case, rear circular polarizer, hood, & rear cap
APO
APOApochromatic

In order to attain the highest quality images, the APO lens has been made using special low-dispersion (SLD) glass and is designed to minimize color aberration.

CONV
CONVTeleconverter Compatible

This lens can be used with the APO Teleconverter EX. It can increase the focal length and will interface with the camera's AE (automatic exposure) function.

DG
DGDG for Digital

Designed to deliver the ultimate in performance on full-frame digital SLRs, Sigma DG lenses also bring out the best in 35mm SLR film cameras and APS-C size DLSRs.

EX
EXEX Lens

The exterior of this lens is EX-finished to denote the superior build and optical quality, and to enhance its appearance.

HSM
HSMQuiet & Fast Autofocusing

This lens uses a motor driven by ultrasonic waves to provide a quiet, high-speed AF.

IF
IFInner Focus

To ensure stability in focusing, this lens moves the inner lens group(s) without changing the lens' physical length.

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Overview

Sigma’s APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM is another unique lens in the line of Sigma offerings. An ultra telephoto as no other camera or lens manufacturer offers the serious photographer! Featuring a constant aperture of F5.6 throughout the entire zoom range, this lens is ideal for photographing wildlife when there is no way of controlling the distance of the animal to the camera. With a simple turn of the zoom ring, the photographer can instantly adjust the composition of the image without moving or disturbing the subject. Similarly, the zoom accommodates sporting photography such as soccer or surfing where the rapidly changing distance of the action requires massive changes in focal length in a matter of seconds. Two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range. At the rear of the lens, a drop in 46mm filter holder is provided so that the photographer can easily add inexpensive color correction or light balancing filters. A perfect lens for surveillance use, its stealth black finish is unobtrusive and easily concealed. 

Lion in the African bush

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 5.6 200

African bush

Lion in the African bush

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 5.6 200

African bush

Caring Love

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM f8 1600

The LOVE given by the Olive backed Sunbird taking care of the 2 baby chicks

Serenity

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/2000 5.6 1000

Peace and tranquility

Walking into the light

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 5.6 1000

Light

Flamingo

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 10 250

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Fiscal Shrike

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/2500 f5.6 1250

Fiscal Shrike

Bokmakierie

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/800 f5.6 400

Bokmakierie

Three Amigos

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 11 320

Bitter cold in Yellowstone National Park. The 300-800 worked perfectly and I was able to frame these three coyotes in an instant. Head shots aren't always the most interesting and I liked being able to chose the shot I want with one lens and the Sigma did it for me.

Asian elephant, Sri Lanka

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 9 1250

All African elephants of both sexes have tusks, but in Asia only a very low number of males grow tasks, which are elongates incisors. A large mature bull Asian elephant, Elephas maximus, carrying long tusks taking a shower at Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka, Asia. Nikon D4, Sigma 300-800mm, f/5.6

Is that a wart on his eye?

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/1600th second f11 400

I actually scored this lens used and wanted to make sure it works before my return period expired. I've long dreamed of owning a lens like this, but it's 2.5x better than my dreams!

Plumbeous Water Redstart (Female)

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 0.04s F5.6 500

Plumbeous Water Redstart (Female)

Kingfisher with breakfast

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/500 f11 400

I had been for this bird to settle in his favorite tree for way too long...but when he did finally perch with a fish, it made the set up of the blind and the long periods of sitting on the beach worth everything.

Eagle

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/500 f/10 400

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Downy Woodpecker Male

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/200 f/11 400

Downy Woodpecker Male

Fishing

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 7.1 400

Catch of the day!

Colourful

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM F9 200

Capturing the beauty of African wildlife.

Oh Boy Oberto Unlimited Hydroplane

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/640 f5.6@336mm 400

Weekend at the races Kennewick, Washington 2013. Shot with EOS 7D and a modified Moose polarizing filter.

Steve David at Work

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/800 f5.6@800mm 640

Unlimited Hydroplane races Kennewick, Washington July 3013. EOS 7D with modified Moose Peterson filter, shutter preferred.

Weekend at the Races

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/800 f6.3@800mm 400

Unlimted Hydroplane Races at Kennewick, Washington 2013. Taken with EOS 7D and modified Moose polarizing filter.

Cheetah Portrait

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/320 6.3 200

Cheetah early morning light

Nature

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/1250 5.6 640

Nature

River Otter

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM f/8 400

Really difficult light conditions and otters don't sit still long and I was very lucky to catch this one just before it dove and swam off. The Sigma 300-800 at about a 700mm focal length performed grew.

Growl!!

Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/1250 f/5.6 200

Mama & winter of 2013/2014 cub

White-spotted deers, Sri Lanka.

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 8 560

A herd of white-spotted deers pasturing at sunset. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, Asia. Nikon D4, Sigma 300-800mm, f/5.6

Kennie Pan

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/3th F8 200

Beauty of Nature

Nature

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

Nature

to create a realy sharp picture of the moon. :-) Wallpapersize

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 125 10 200

to create a realy sharp picture of the moon. :-) Wallpapersize

jim herrly

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/500 8 800

bighorn ram looking to start a fight. yellowstone park

George Lainhart

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 250 f8 400

Robin Poole

Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/1600 f5.6 200

Like to take Osprey Pics

David Walker

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/500s f8 800

winter beauty

SIGMA 300 800 5.6

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 100 8 250

PICTURES MADE IN THE SANCTUARY OF THE NATURE OF VALDIVIA CHILE

Michael R. Duncan

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/125 F/8 400

Wood Duck with Rippled Water Reflections.

Me

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/200 F7.1 800

The Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 lens is for me the ultimate wildlife lens. For this shot I was actually to close to use 800mm so I backed a little down to 572mm and took the shot. This shutter sound caught this Red Deers attention.

Michael R. Duncan

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/160 F/10 400

Stalking Pose of the Great Blue Heron.

Michael R. Duncan

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/100 F/10 400

Great Horned Owl "Youngster Yawning"

SIGMA 300 800 5.6

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 350 5.6 125

Ducks in wetlands Valdivia Chile. Lens photography sigma 300 800 5.6

kenniepan.com

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/40th F11 800

Wild Black Backed Kingfisher Guirgating at night. Taken with 2X TC wide open @ 1400mm

SIGMA 300 800 5.6

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 80 5.6 100

WILD GANZ, CHILEAN PATAGONIA

Roberto Fabbri

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/400 F/8 100

Chestnut eared aracari, Manu National Park, Peru, South America, 2007. This was the last image taken with the 300-800 mm during this trip, few minutes later I dropped into the murky waters of the Manu river! But I got a replacement ASAP!

SIGMA 300 800 5.6

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 60 5.6 400

PHOTO TAKEN IN THE NATIONAL PARK Huerquehue ( Enicognathus leptorhynchus)

Donald O'Neal Aldridge

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/125 f/5.6 500

Elegance of Raptors

BirdmanBruce

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/250 f7.1 200

I saw this beautiful olive-backed sunbird one afternoon, lucky to have such perfect lighting and background.

nature

Sony/Minolta 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/800 sec 5.6 100

nature

nature

Sony/Minolta 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/800 sec 5.6 100

nature

FRANCOIS JOORIS JACMART

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 250 5.6 350

PICTURES MADE IN THE SANCTUARY OF THE NATURE OF VALDIVIA CHILE

Newnew

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 250 5.6 200

Spotted Sandpiper

Roberto Fabbri

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/500 F/7.1 250

A keel billed toucan coming out of its nest, Belize, Central America

Dave Renwald

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 250 f8 400

Using a monopod I was able to capture this serene moment of a resting shorebird while still keeping a respectful distance.

SIGMA 300 800 5.6

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 125 5.6 250

PICTURES MADE IN THE SANCTUARY OF THE NATURE OF VALDIVIA CHILE

Attila Kegyes

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/50 sec f/11 (effective) Fuji Velvia 100

Roberto Fabbri

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/125 f/13 280

Spiny-tailed iguana, sun bathing, close up, Belize, Central America

kenniepan.com

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/3200th F5.6 500

Yellow Bittern trashing common tiapia

ijaz bhatti

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/160 5.6 200

NATURE HAS TO BE LIKE THIS

The picture was taken with a Nikon F6 camera and on a Fuji Astia 100F slide

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/13 f/5,6 100

The picture was taken with a Nikon F6 camera and on a Fuji Astia 100F slide

Kennie Pan

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/3th F8 200

Beauty of Nature

Dave M

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM f-3.5 1/160 800

sports

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Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

Michael R. Duncan

Nikon/Fuji 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/125 Second F/8 400

I enjoy Bird Photography and my Sigma 300-800 on the Nikon D700 Body produces excellent Image clarity. All Nature Photographers should own the Sigma 300-800mm Lens.

Playful Pup- Yellowstone National Park | Wyoming USA

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/640 sec F8 800

I been to Yellowstone countless times and had never seen a free roaming wolf.  Imagine my surprise when on the last day of my trip in 2008 I would spend the entire day photographing not just one wolf but a whole pack!  Even more amazing would be that I would be able to do that all alone with just another photography friend but no one else. It all started late one morning as we were driving through the park and I spotted a dark shadow moving through a field.  At first, we thought it was a bear but quickly realized that it was not just one wolf but a whole pack moving through.  As we grabbed for our gear out of the car, the pack crossed the road and disappeared into the woods.  It was thrilling just to witness but I wanted more.  We quickly jumped into the car to see where they were headed.  As we rounded a bend we found a lone pup standing in the road howling.  He quickly vanished into the woods once again and appeared to be heading back to where they originally came from.  My experience told me that the pack would not leave a pup and they had to be close.  We scouted a picnic area off the main road and soon found the entire pack in an open grassy field.  We would not approach too closely and I was sure glad to have the reach of the 300-800!  This image is of the pup as he was playing with mom while she kept an eye on us.  I spent the next 6 hours just staying put as the pack went about their business.  This has been one of my greatest thrills as a wildlife photographer.

Leopard Play- Northern Serengeti Tanzania, East Africa

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/2000 sec F8 800

I had been out on tour for about a week with my group when we came upon this leopard family in the tall grasses.  They were hiding low in the grass as a troupe of elephants went passing by with one full grown male almost stepping on the twins as they were lying under the broken tree.  After the elephants passed, the two resume playing up and down the tree and allowed us some great opportunities to photograph these elusive cats.  The zoom capability of the lens allowed me to quickly recompose as they chased each other around the tree.

Crossing the Mara River | Northern Serengeti- Tanzania, East Africa

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/1000 sec F8 800

Many people ask me what my greatest experience has been as a wildlife photographer and even though I have had many thrills, nothing compares to witnessing a herd of wildebeest (or Gnu) crossing the Mara River.  It is truly a spectacle as thousand of animals gather along the shore with hungry crocs infesting the water.  I have no idea what drives them to cross at such peril back and forth but once a crossing starts, most of the animals in a herd that can range from the hundreds to well into the thousands will cross. This is where the zoom capability of the Sigma 300-800mm lens really shines and has no equal.  The zoom versatility and reach allowed me to compose on just an individual gnu or quickly recompose on the herd as they began their perilous journey. I am already looking forward to this year’s trip in August to get a chance at my dream image of a croc leaping out of the water to get one of the gnu.

African Fish Eage

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/2500 sec F7.1 800

This is an image of an African Fish Eagle taken on my tour to Tanzania late in the afternoon in the swamps of Tarangire National Park.  The extra reach of the 300-800 allowed me to photograph this spectacular bird quite far off in the distance with the swamp grasses making a nice background.

Serengeti

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/1000 sec F8 800

This is one of my favorite images I have ever taken with the 300-800.  We had just gotten to the northern Serengeti in Tanzania along the Mara River when a massive herd started to cross the river.  The versatility of the zoom allowed me to easily compose and recompose the scene as the action unfolded in front of me.  The almost painterly quality of the image was due to all the dust that the herd had kicked up while they milled around the shore and is still one of the most memorable moments I have ever experienced out in nature.

Roseate Spoonbill

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/2500 sec F6.3 800

I have photographed thousands of birds with my 300-800 but the Roseate Spoonbill ranks up there with one of my favorites!  The versatility of the zoom range allows me to easily find and track the subject and fire away once it gets into range.  A good gimbal style head allows you to effortlessly pan and makes the lens practically weightless. Photographing flying birds is definitely a rush.

Buffalo

300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/640 sec F7.1 800

Buffalo are some of the most difficult subjects to photograph.  At most times of the day, their fur and heads become a black hole so it is imperative to photograph them in very early or very late light!  The reach of the 300-800 allows me to work at a safe distance and the zoom versatility allows me to isolate a subject in amongst the herd.

New Submission

Canon 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM 1/160 F-11 -2/3 800

BULL MOOSE KEEPING AN EYE ON HIS LADY. TAKEN NEAR JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING.

Tech Specs

SPECIFICATIONS

Lens Construction18 Elements in 16 Groups
Angle of View8.2º-3.1º
Number of Diaphragm Blades9
Mininum Aperturef32
Minimum Focusing Distance600 cm / 236.2 in
Filter Size (mm)46 (Rear)
Maximum Magnifications1:6.9
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
156.5x541.5 mm/6.2x21.3 in
Weight5870g / 207oz.
Corresponding Mounts
SigmaHSM 
APO 
CONV 
EX 
DG 
NikonHSM 
APO 
CONV 
EX 
DG
CanonHSM 
APO 
CONV 
EX 
DG 
HSM - Hyper-Sonic Motor
APO - Apochromatic 
CONV - APO Teleconverter EX
EX - EX Lens
DG - DG for Digital
D - Distance Information Function

* Nikon Mount: Built in motor lens: compatible with D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D5000

* The appearance, specifications, and the like of the product are subject to change for improvement without notice.

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