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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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4.1 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
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Canon DSLR Cameras
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  • 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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Compatible Mountings Canon EF Canon EF Canon EF Canon EF
Dimensions 9.33 inches x 28.58 inches x 9.33 inches 2.68 inches x 1.61 inches x 2.68 inches 154.94 inches x 21.38 inches x 0.24 inches 6.42 inches x 18.15 inches x 6.42 inches
Item Weight 34.61 pounds 0.29 pounds 12.96 pounds 9.92 pounds
Lens Zoom lens Prime lens Telephoto Prime lens
Maximum Aperture 2.8 1.8 5.6 5.6
Max Focal Length 500 mm 50 mm 800 mm 800 mm
Min Aperture 22 22 32 32
Min Focal Length 200 mm 50 300 mm 800 mm
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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.

Product Information

Style:Canon DSLR Cameras
Product Dimensions 28.6 x 9.3 x 9.3 inches
Item Weight 34.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 100.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0013D8VDQ
Item model number 597101
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4.1 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,039 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com February 4, 2008

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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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I rented this lens after I passed the background check so I could go birding. Saw a nesting and pointed the lens, soon as it came into focus the poor thing dropped dead from the suns reflection off the lens. So I headed off to a shelter. I saw a beatiful wood duck framed the image in the viewfinder. I tell you what, I was not ready for the recoil when I hit the shutter release. The whole thing rocked on the tripod and gave me a black eye. The duck was gone, nothing but feathers on the water. I checked the image on the canon, captured it beautifully just before the duck exploded. Cant wait for deer season, hope to catch some bucks fighting and use the antlers to make the frame.
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A co-worker has one of those camera lens coffee mugs and is always yammering on about how it shows how much he's into photography.

So I got this, removed the optics, and turned it into a significantly bigger mug and shut my co-worker up.

$25,000 well spent.
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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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To be honest, this lens has its ups and downs. I’ll obviously the good aspects about this lens, but let’s rewind a bit about my life before this lens came into my life. I am a marketing student, in my final semester of school. I am completing my degree in 2 weeks and planning to move to Harvard for my Masters. As you all know, Harvard MBA fees comes at about $50,000 a semester (books, travel and living expenses excluded). I had no problems financing my studies, since my family had a separate funding account for my studies. On one holy evening, my friend told me about this lens. Being a professional photographer, I was excited and obviously researched for this amazing lens. After looking at the price tag, I had two options. Either to sell my BMW 5-series or use money from my funding for Harvard. Since I won’t be able to carry this lens anywhere without my car, I decided to go with the second option.
Once I got the lens, I did some test shots and was able to click photos from across the Canadian border. One day, it just occurred to me what if I could find a location from where I can focus on one of Harvard University’s classrooms and may be record videos and self-educate myself. After months of searching, I finally found the perfect spot on top of a mountain. The amazing part is I have to zoom to complete 500 mm to have a good view. If you plan on doing the same, I would suggest keeping the aperture at f/14-plus since white boards at Harvard are quite big, and you don’t wanna miss the content due to shallow depth of field.
Now talking about the bas of this lens. I used to be super active, had six-pack abs and never stayed at home. After this lens, I have been doing most of my work from home. I have shot weddings, events and even baby showers right from my bed.
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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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