120-300 OS | Part three.. (updated)

1/160s . f/3.2 . ISO 100 . 128 mm

Alright a third post with only 120-300 OS images! As heavy as it is, it’s also very well balanced which makes you stable – that plus stabilizer and you will be able to take hand held shots in situations you didn’t think possible (or it only feels heavy.. ). Although, most of these shots was taken at 1/160s and above.

As a street lens it’s kind of big – A bit bigger than what people normally see, and especially bigger than you would mind pointing at you which also makes it kind of harder for someone like me wanting to “blend in”.. That’s also one of the great reasons to why the DP1 / DP2 is such great street cameras.. They blend.

Crop of that other shot.. 1/320s . f/3.2 . ISO 100 . 235 mm

This Dove is one of those great examples of shots where that tremendous amount of resolution shines thru. Have a look at the 100% crop just below and think for second about how it would look if it was taken using the SD1. mmmm.. Yummy!

Crop of that dove.. S1/100s . f/2.8 . ISO 100 . 252 mm 1/200s . f/4.0 . ISO 100 . 300 mm

As someone already pointed out, these are some really yellow flowers! :D Yes, and the secret ingredient is SD15 + color modes! And to get that spicy yellow tone found in nature you need to use “landscape” color mode as I did on the above shot – but beware – some shots just doesn’t look right with it so test but use your eyes and mind. Also at times you might tune saturation down a notch to make it more natural.

Stones.. In tricky sunlight. 1/500s . f/3.5 . ISO 100 . 300 mm 1/1600s . f/2.8 . ISO 100 . 120 mm

This last shot was taken using the SD14 and I’m really happy that I have some of those around as it’s color rendition is quite different and quite interesting compared to the SD15 which is more neutral and perhaps more correct, but not as fancy and the SD15 also lacks some of that extremely wide DR! A bit like changing film in the days.

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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16 Responses to 120-300 OS | Part three.. (updated)

  1. Person says:

    wow… these photos are staggeringly sharp!

    what, um, camera are they taken with?

  2. Coooooooooooool !

    Looks like this one is really sharp!

    There’s some smoke over at digitalrev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjDqP2G8hmE 70-200 isn’t as good as would be hoped.

    How about the idea of showing Sigma SD* + working accessories
    say like the wireless flash system

    /J

    • How can anyone after seeing that “review” say anything useful about what is better of the two? Have a look at his 2.8 vs 4 vs 5.6 pictures and you’ll see that he messed up the order – and it even looks like he messed up lenses as well (have a look at how distance changes between shots and how bokeh is presented).

      When you ask for a wireless flash thingi.. you mean the ones I use? My chinese nonames? :)

  3. richy says:

    Stunning. Sigma has sometimes produced some ‘interesting’ bokeh. My 70-200 2.8 and 300 2.8 whilst sharp do some very funky patterns sometimes, this 120-300 seems ultra creamy. Plus the utility of the zoom makes it a killer buy. I’m so happy sigma have nailed this lens! Now if they stop outsourcing their QC to their customers ;) all will be perfect lol.

  4. LionelB says:

    To be fair, I think it is more Revue than Review.

    • True, but I still think he should remake and correct. And to call my own test of the 120-300 a review would be a bit too much as it’s such little said. :) But what is it they say? A photo says more than thousand words. :)

  5. Richy says:

    For those starved of more pictures :)
    120-300 2.8, unboxing and useless test
    For some reason (possibly due to a small white rabbit or a super elevated elephant?) many of the shots are done with a 2x tele which doesn’t help too much. There are a couple of decent images. The text doesn’t make much sense but is well worth a read if you have had a bottle of wine.

    I hope its ok to post the link, I found it amusing and the side by side with the other lenses is quite interesting. I admire sigma for supplying the lens in a normal box and not spending $50 of a marching band kissagram delivery like canon do. That being said it would be nice if there was an aftermarket hard case.

    From what I can see, without a 2x tc, both lenses produce excellent results, the sigma certainly seems to produce sharp, constrasty images like the canon which tallies with the results here.

  6. richy says:

    I know its very early to comment but how tough is it? It took 7 year and many kilos of sand (routinely emptied out of the lens) to kill my siggy 70-200 2.8 but my 300 2.8 is a little sensitive to travelling.
    Statistics from a lens rental company put the 120-300 as the least reliable lens (which is sad as it is an amazing lens). I’m hoping this lens is built like a tank as it means I can dump the 300 2.8 and not get the canon 70-200 2.8 II and only carry the one tele lens.

    How is it on the fringing. There certainly doesn’t seem to be any, has it been removed in post or is it just not visible in the first place :) I know you will likely be under NDA re the SD1, which must be killing you as I bet IF you did have one you would want to talk about it plenty !

    I’m loving the comments on other forums about how this lens isn’t 300mm and 2.8, that its 280mm and f3. The measurebators obviously haven’t read any canon patents and seen how creative canon get. i.e.
    the 24-70 2.8 II
    Focal distance f=24.74 – 67.50mm
    Fno 2.92 – 2.91

    or 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS
    Focal distance f=55.60 – 203.11mm
    Fno 4.16 – 5.88

    AND canons 300 f4 is II
    focal distance f = 294.00mm
    Fno = 4.14

    When the siggy is measure closer to infinity its in the low to mid 290’s which seems to be within the tolerances accepted within the industry. It just happens that canons 300 2.8 is actually 300 and doesn’t have as much of a dropoff closer to MFD as it is a prime not a zoom.

  7. Guy says:

    Hi Carl

    Many thanks for your ‘real world’ images, they appear sharp right across the frame, in accordance with Sigma’s own MTF’s. So unless they’ve been heavily cropped, this contradicts the results from Photozone which show a significant drop in corner IQ. However, their analysis was done on a FF camera rather than APS-C (e.g. Sigma SD’s), the latter often showing greater centre to edge uniformity.

    Having owned both the non-DG and DG versions of this lens, I was more than happy with image quality, but not the lack of OS, variable AF speed, and coating loss, I’d like to believe that the new lens is better on all fronts and worthy of both the wait and the investment?

    Are you able to shed any more light on these various issues/questions?

  8. Joshua says:

    Hi Carl,
    I’ve just bought SD15 and 30 f/1.4. After using the camera several days, I found that the settings (white balance, color mode) will have effects on the final photo even I was using RAW. It seemed that if the settings are not right at the very beginning, there are nothing we can do in SPP to get it right.
    So I am wondering the above yellow flower shot you made were based on what settings in SD15? Or it doesn’t matter since everything can be adjusted in SPP?
    If the settings does matter before taking a shot, do you have any recommendation? Someone says using a high White Balance will be great, for instance. I’ll give it a try sooner or later.
    Anyway, it’s nice to be here. Thanks a lot for your sharing!

    With my best regards,
    Joshua

    • Robin says:

      Hi Joshua,

      hope you’ll get an answer from Carl soon. He seems pretty busy these days. ‘Til then I’ll join your question. If you looked for an answer on the internet, you would find most people claiming that WB is independant from RAW-generation inside camera. It’s a step further to post processing. But most of these claimings are related to Bayer-chips, getting luminance first and scondary color by interpreting (interpolating) the RAW data. You may hear in my lines: I’m not that sure as most people on the net are. At least it seemed worth to me thinking about modifying A/D-conversion depending on the light/color!-situation, maybe saving one channel to clip, just by choosing the better preset …

      Would appreciate any clarifying comment on this topic, preferable by a Foveon-specialist. Of course it’s difficult to simply reproduce or try out – since SPP shows lack of options and is designed to be simple to most users …

      Well, regards from germany,
      Robin

    • Robin says:

      Hi Joshua,

      hope you’ll get an answer from Carl soon. He seems pretty busy these days*. ‘Til then I’ll join your question. If you looked for an answer on the internet, you would find most people claiming that WB is independant from RAW-generation inside camera. It’s a step further to post processing. But most of these claimings are related to Bayer-chips, getting luminance first and scondary color by interpreting (interpolating) the RAW data. You may hear in my lines: I’m not that sure as most people on the net are. At least it seemed worth to me thinking about modifying A/D-conversion depending on the light/color!-situation, maybe saving one channel to clip, just by choosing the better preset …

      Would appreciate any clarifying comment on this topic, preferable by a Foveon-specialist. Of course it’s difficult to simply reproduce or try out – since SPP shows lack of options and is designed to be simple to most users …

      Well, regards from germany,
      Robin

      *I wrote my post 5min after yours and to avoid hanging in awaiting moderation too long, I now logged in and posted it one time more, so that it is hopefully available to you/all. =)

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