The latest telephoto monster from lens manufacturer Sigma has arrived in Australia.
This telephoto lens means serious business, featuring a maximum and constant f/2.8 aperture. First announced at Photokina in 2012, the 120-300mm faced some initial delays from the manufacturing plant in Japan due to high demand. The lens follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, offering internal focusing plus dust and moisture resistance.
Weighing in at 3.7kg, the lens can be handheld to some extent, but is ideally used in conjunction with a tripod for sports or wildlife photographers.
Compatible with a new USB docking station, the lens can be updated with new firmware or adjusted to the user's particular preferences. The dock is a separate purchase, however, and will be available in mid-June for Canon and Nikon-mount lenses. Accessories that do come with the lens include a hood, tripod column and a padded, nylon case.
The lens will be available in Australia from the first week of June in a Canon and Nikon mount, with Pentax and Sony versions arriving later in the year. It will be on sale for a suggested price of AU$3499, which is actually slightly cheaper than the price listed on Sigma's US website, which comes in at US$3599.