94points

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II

91points

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II vs Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
94
points
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
91
points
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S

Why is Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II better than Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S?

  • 5µm less chromatic aberration
    ?

    2µmvs7µm
  • 1 higher DxOMark score
    ?

    19vs18
  • 490g lighter
    2.9kgvs3390g
  • 0.03x Better magnification factor
    ?

    0.16xvs0.13x
  • 0.1% less distortion
    ?
  • Has or is a prime lens
    ?
  • 0.2° narrower minimum angle of view
    ?

    vs8.2°

Why is Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S better than Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II?

  • 180mm shorter minimum focal length
    ?

    120mmvs300mm
  • 1.5x greater zoom range
    ?

    2.5xvs1x
  • 0.1 less vignetting
    ?

    -0.4vs-0.5
  • 0.1TStop more transmission
    ?

    3.1TStopvs3.2TStop
  • 0.8m shorter minimum focus distance
    ?

    1.5mvs2.3m
  • 12.4° wider maximum angle of view
    ?

    20.4°vs

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II

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General info

1.Has a metal mount
?

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
2.maximum focal length
?

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

Best

Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

800mm

300mm

300mm

3.minimum focal length
?

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

Best

Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM

0.24mm

300mm

120mm

4.Front element doesn't rotate
?

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
5.weight
?

Best

Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM

2.1g

2.9kg

3.39kg

6.Weather-sealed (splashproof)
?

The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes. Show more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
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Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image. Show more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
2.optical zoom
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The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

Best

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

22.2x

1x

2.5x

3.magnification
?

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Best

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH

14x

0.16x

0.13x

4.maximum angle of view
?

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

Best

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH

318°

20.4°

5.minimum angle of view
?

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Best

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD

8.2°

Aperture

1.wide aperture (main camera)
?

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject. Show more

Best

Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

f/0.95

f/2.80

f/2.80

2.aperture blades
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The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

Best

Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2

20

9

9

3.widest aperture at maximum focal length
?

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

0.95f

2.8f

2.8f

4.smallest aperture at maximum focal length
?

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

45f

22f

22f

5.smallest aperture at minimum focal length
?

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro

45f

22f

22f

6.Has rounded aperture blades
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Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S

Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
?

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
2.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
?

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
3.Has focus motor
?

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
4.Can focus to infinity
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Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S
5.minimum focus distance
?

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Best

Lensbaby Circular Fisheye

0.01m

2.3m

1.5m

Benchmarks

1.vignetting
?

The vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Canon EF 24mm F/2.8 IS USM

2

-0.5

-0.4

2.sharpness result
?

The sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2

22P-MPix

11P-MPix

11P-MPix

3.chromatic aberration
?

The lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm F/4D IF-ED

1µm

2µm

7µm

4.DxOMark score
?

DxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2

39

19

18

5.transmission
?

The transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Canon EF 85mm F/1.2L II USM

1.4TStop

3.2TStop

3.1TStop

6.distortion
?

The distortion result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Distortion in the lens refers to the variation of magnification throughout the image. More distortion will result in straight lines being recorded incorrectly in the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Zeiss Otus 85mm F/1.4 ZF

0%

0%

0.1%

Price comparison

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II

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