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Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

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Canon DSLR Cameras
  • Ultra telephoto zoom lens; fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm and F5.6 at the 1000mm focal length
  • Dedicated "Attachment" ensures autofocusing at the 1000mm focal length
  • SLD and three ELD glass elements provide high image quality from the maximum large aperture
  • Supplied with 72mm filter holder at the rear
  • For Canon digital SLRs

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Product Details

Style: Canon DSLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 9.3 x 9.3 inches ; 34.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 100.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0013D8VDQ
  • Item model number: B0013D8VDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 4, 2008

Product Description

Style: Canon DSLR Cameras

This ultra telephoto zoom lens offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length and F5.6 at the 1000mm. It covers widely-used focal lengths from 200mm to 500mm and has a large aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. This lens can be used to create amazing image expression with various types of photography such as astrophotography, portraits, wildlife, sports. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all type of aberrations. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high image quality from the extremely large aperture. The lens hood, designed exclusively for this lens, blocks out extraneous light. A 72mm filter can be inserted at the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used in situ thanks to the ingenious internal rotation mechanism. The dedicated Li-ion battery BP-21 is used to power the zooming and AF operation. This battery is built in the lens barrel. For the convenience of the photographer, focusing distances and focal lengths can be viewed on the lens' built-in LCD panel.

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Customer Reviews

Boy was Ken right.
Brian Billings
I was able to take a photo of small birds from great distances in a way that I could see the specks of dirt on their feathers.
Brandon
Easily adaptable: I was quickly able to design a turret to mount this lens to the top of my Smart Car.
Steve Florain

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

429 of 483 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Simmons on February 19, 2010
Style Name: Canon DSLR Cameras
I must admit I did not buy this monster of a lens - it came to me the old fashion way (no it wasn't stolen) my parents purchased it for me - they have more disposable income than I. Well after having had it for a little while, there are a few things I have learned: 1. Don't unleash this beast around other photographers or anyone else for that matter unless you are a total camera snob and are trying to compensate for certain inadequacies. 2. Use a monster tripod - this beast weighs over 100 lbs.. 3. Let the lens come to ambient temperature before using. 4. Do not use it for photographing ANYTHING from the deck of your home in San Francisco - unless you want your neighbors phoning SFPD complaining that you are a voyeur - SFPD was impressed with my photos of the Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz. Now I wanted this lens for nature photography - this is what I do for fun. Unfortunately, I think the lens is much too large and heavy to be transported with any ease other than hiring a Sherpa.
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658 of 781 people found the following review helpful By Heyolshan on October 11, 2011
Style Name: Canon DSLR Cameras
Took this bad boy to the top of the Chrysler building and threw it off. It shattered into a million pieces, exactly as expected. Completely satisfied, would highly recommend.
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208 of 261 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on June 22, 2010
Style Name: Canon DSLR Cameras
First of all, many of you seem to be getting a laugh from the reviews and comments. The intimidation of this lens would probably lead everyone to think its a missile, rather than a piece of photo gear. Though I haven't dished out $30k to buy this, (no average Joe will)I was able to borrow it for a few from a friend's dad, who owns a large photography company in my town. I thought I would give an actual honest review.

Alas, it's large. Paraphrase that a bit better -- it's huge. It is virtually impossible to take rewarding photos without a heavy-duty tripod. It weighs about as much as my three year old son does. That being said, this lens is downright outstanding for nature, animal, or sport photographers. I personally used it for scenic photos, and it got the job done in a fashion never thought possible. I was able to take a photo of small birds from great distances in a way that I could see the specks of dirt on their feathers. Keep in mind, its not a considerably long focal range. 200mm in reality is not very long, but when used with a tele-convo, I can take pictures at focal lengths close to 1000mm. All in all, build quality is stellar.

When used on my 5D MII and 1D Mark III, I noticed the colors didn't pop as much as my other lenses, in particular the ones apart of the "L" series by Canon, but I did notice that this lens works great in a large array of light sources. At a mere f/2.8 or so, you can take pictures without having to worry about low light conditions. Obviously, larger light = clearer pictures.

If your looking for a great lens that portrays a great focal range, great build quality, and a nice companion for your (hence) professional photo career, this lens is for you. Its no small cost, obviously you all know that.
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509 of 651 people found the following review helpful By Brett Turley on April 12, 2011
Style Name: Nikon DSLR Cameras
Well, I finally decided to spring for the Sigma 200-500 f/2.8. For under $30,000 I couldn't pass up the deal. I know, carrying a 37lb lens around may seem like a chore, but the savings in gas to drive to photo shoots more than compensates for it. I actually do most of my Florida and Georgia area outdoor wedding and landscape shoots from my rooftop now. The IQ is tack-sharp even wide open at 1000mm (w/ 2x converter, obviously) The issue I had, was when the FBI and Homeland security showed up at my house. I was shooting a wedding in downtown Orlando, which is only about 30 miles away, from my roof. The house was surrounded and guns drawn on me. You see, I live near enough to a major airport that the neighbors mistook it's green color and imposing size as some sort of ground to air missile launcher. I would strongly consider coloring it a light color to minimize thermal expansion during the day, and marking the side "Not A Stinger Missile". Also, it is a nice walk around lens for family trips to the zoo. Low light performance is superb. Most photos can be taken without flash, on a moonless night, following a massive power outage, by simply lighting a fart during the exposure. Experiment with differing brands of beans, as it affects the color temperature of the raw shot.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mike Daak on December 25, 2014
Style Name: Nikon DSLR Cameras
It’s a bargain, at only $743 per pound. AND, it has a nice top-mounted carry handle, which also serves well for tying on a rope to anchor your boat. My Nikon D800 cost $1,364 per pound and does NOT have the anchor rope handle.
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88 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Brian Billings on April 5, 2012
Style Name: Canon DSLR Cameras
I developed a need for this lens after reading a review from Ken Rockwell. If Ken Rockwell likes it, especially when it's an off-brand lens, then it must be good.

Boy was Ken right. I use this lens for sports photography, and it works fantastic. I am now on Sports Illustrated's payroll and usually have 5-10 photos a week in the magazine. This lens is fantastic for sports because of its long zoom and 2.8 aperture. I frequently shoot night NFL games from the stadium parking lot and have taken photo's of the quarterbacks nose.

Cost was a seemingly insurmountable obstacle at first, but after selling 500 gallons of blood, both of my kidneys, my liver, my heart, my right leg, firstborn, and soul, I was able to afford the $26,000.

I highly recommend this lens for use with the new Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only), which I also purchased on Amazon. I just received the camera, and it performs well.

Now with my 36 megapixel DSLR beast and this lens, I can make 100-yard wide prints of the logo on a quarterback's helmet that I took from a distance of 1,000 yards.

I do recommend this lens only for nighttime and indoor sports photography. I used this once during a day MLB game. Unfortunately, the pitcher looked directly into the lens at one point, and the lens reflected enough sunlight in one glance to disintegrate his eyes and cause third-degree burns on his face.

I am unable to comment on the supposed ability of this lens to shoot through space-time and photograph the past and future, but will update if I do.
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