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Sigma Telephoto Zoom lenses for Nikon DSLRs

Zoom lenses with a focal range above 50mm are known as telephoto zooms. Like telephoto prime lenses with fixed focal lengths, these fit less in, and are therefore ideal for getting closer to distant subjects or picking out detail; they also give a more flattering effect when taking photos of people. In contrast to wide-angle, lenses with longer focal lengths have an inherently smaller depth-of-field, which means it’s easier to get a blurred background effect – again ideal for portrait, wildlife and sports photography.

Good focal lengths for portraits are typically between 85mm and 135mm – these are often known as short telephotos. Appropriate focal lengths for sports or wildlife are generally much longer – at least 200mm, and ideally 300mm or more. Professional sports and wildlife photographers often use 600mm lenses, or even longer still. These are known as super-telephotos.

The most popular telephoto zoom range is 70-300mm, which covers portrait work while getting reasonably close to distant subjects. Depending on your preferences, you may prefer a longer range, or sacrifice the range for a brighter aperture. As before, lenses with smaller f-numbers gather more light thanks to their bigger apertures, which makes them better in dim conditions and for minimising the depth-of-field. Bigger apertures however mean a larger, heavier and more expensive lens.

As focal lengths increase, the risk of camera-shake becomes greater, so telephoto zooms with image stabilisation are preferred. Sigma refers to these models with the letters OS and these can let you handhold shots with shutter speeds three to four times slower than normal. Note these won’t stop a moving subject from blurring though, which brings many enthusiasts back to large aperture models.

As always, bear in mind any reduction in field due to your DSLRs sensor when choosing a lens. Nikon’s DX-format models have a reduction factor of 1.5x, which effectively multiply lens focal lengths by 1.5 times. So if you go for a typical 70-300mm lens, you’ll actually have an equivalent of 105-450mm. Note Sigma's DC lenses are not compatible with full-frame FX-format bodies. For a full explanation of lens specifications and examples of coverage at different focal lengths, check out our Camera Labs Lens Buyers Guide.

 


   
Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 II APO EX DC HSM

     
Focal length: 50-150mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 75-225mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 100cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: LH732-01
Construction: 18 el. / 14 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 780g
Size (diam x length): 77x140mm

 

   
Sigma 50-200mm f4-5.6 DC OS HSM

     
Focal length: 50-200mm
Aperture: f4-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 75-300mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 110cm
Filter thread: 55mm
Lens hood: TBC
Construction: 14 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 8
Weight: TBC
Size (diam x length): 74x102mm

 

   
Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO DG OS HSM

     
Focal length: 50-500mm
Aperture: f4-6.3
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 75-750mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 100-300cm
Filter thread: 86mm
Lens hood: LH935-01
Construction: 20 el. / 16 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 1840g
Size (diam x length): 95x219mm

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM

   
Focal length: 70-200mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 105-300mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: HSM
Closest focus: 140cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: TBC
  Construction: 22 el. / 17 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: TBC
Size (diam x length): 87x198mm



   
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 II APO EX DG Macro HSM

     
Focal length: 70-200mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 105-300mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 100cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: LH850-01
Construction: 18 el. / 15 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 1370g
Size (diam x length): 87x184mm

 

   
Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro

     
Focal length: 70-300mm
Aperture: f4-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 105-450mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: build-in
  Closest focus: 95cm
Filter thread: 58mm
Lens hood: LH635-01
Construction: 14 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 540g
Size (diam x length): 77x120mm

 

   
Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG OS

     
Focal length: 70-300mm
Aperture: f4-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 105-450mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
  Closest focus: 150cm
Filter thread: 62mm
Lens hood: LH680-02
Construction: 16 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 610g
Size (diam x length): 77x127mm

 

   
Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro

     
Focal length: 70-300mm
Aperture: f4-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 105-450mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: build-in
  Closest focus: 95-150cm
Filter thread: 58mm
Lens hood: LH635-01
Construction: 14 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 545g
Size (diam x length): 77x120mm

 

   
Sigma 100-300mm f4 APO EX DG IF HSM

     
Focal length: 100-300mm
Aperture: f4
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 150-450mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 180cm
Filter thread: 82mm
Lens hood: LH890-01
Construction: 16 el. / 14 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 1440g
Size (diam x length): 82x227mm

 

   
Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 APO EX DG HSM

     
Focal length: 120-300mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 180-450mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 150-250cm
Filter thread: 105mm
Lens hood: LH1134-01
Construction: 18 el. / 16 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 2600g
Size (diam x length): 113x271mm

 

   
Sigma 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 APO DG OS HSM

     
Focal length: 120-400mm
Aperture: f4.5-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 180-600mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 150cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: LH830-01
Construction: 21 el. / 15 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 1750g
Size (diam x length): 93x204mm

 

   
Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM

     
Focal length: 150mm
Aperture: f5-6.3
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 225-750mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 220cm
Filter thread: 86mm
Lens hood: TBC
Construction: 21 el. / 15 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 1910g
Size (diam x length): 95x252mm

 

   
Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 APO EX DG

     
Focal length: 200-500mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 300-750mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: build-in
  Closest focus: 200-500cm
Filter thread: 72mm (rear)
Lens hood: N/A (fixed)
Construction: 17 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 15,700g
Size (diam x length): 237x726mm

 

   
Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 APO EX HSM

     
Focal length: 300-800mm
Aperture: f5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 450-1200mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 600cm
Filter thread: 46mm (rear)
Lens hood: LH1571-02
Construction: 18 el. / 16 groups
Diaphragm blades:9
Weight: 5880g
Size (diam x length): 166x544mm


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