283 of 311 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigma 200-500mm Telephoto Lens
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...
Published on February 19, 2010 by Christopher A. Simmons
12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for travel
I bought this lens for just over 35000 dollars and I must say it's a great little travel piece. It's very handy to be able to keep a lens of this quality in my pocket while I'm walking up and down the street. It's been known to fire missiles at random, however at the low cost, one could expect a few glitches. It's great for taking low profile shots of unsuspecting people...
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Sandusky
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283 of 311 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigma 200-500mm Telephoto Lens,
This review is from: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras (Electronics)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.
121 of 144 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the serious bunch...,
This review is from: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras (Electronics)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. Besides the cost, there is nothing bad to say about this bad boy. Honestly though, I don't truly recommend this to any hobbyist because I know you all can use the money toward something a little bit more 'down to Earth'. If you make a decent amount of profit from your company, go for it. You won't regret taking the plunge if you do.
292 of 360 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad color choice for lens barrel, excellent overall.,
This review is from: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras (Electronics)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.
93 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falls at standard 9.8 m/s^2,
This review is from: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras (Electronics)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.
180 of 242 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the sacrifice...,
I tried selling my apartment, but my landlord indicated that I could not legally do that. Whatever, Jim (Because I have learned not to burn bridges from past experiences, I stopped having open houses. Plus, the lawyer and court fees would put a damper on my upcoming Amazon purchase). Where was I going to come up with this $21,000? That's when a Sigma light bulb went off in my head.
I sold my two children to the Pesticide & Insecticide Testing Corporation. I feel it was a solid move on my part because they explained that my (now their's) children would always have enough to eat, exercise every day, and have a doctor present 24/7. With the money I made with this no-brainer sell and the under-the-table cash my wife was getting from working on the prestigious corner of Main Street and Almond Street, I was finally able to make the purchase of a lifetime.
I even had some extra cash leftover, so I decided to buy my first digital camera. This green monster looks great on my brand new Canon Rebel XSi. Thanks Sigma!
48 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens for shooting sports in the dark,
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.
Upon adding the optional solar panel auto-focus battery extension from Sigma (good-bye, left leg!), I am now able to photograph through space-time. Today I shot the opening-day game of the New York Yankees in 2157. (They defeated the Japan Rangers 36-32.) I got a great picture of Alex Rodriguez III's clone hitting a home run to New Jersey. Look for it on this week's cover of SI.
58 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is "WOW"!,
After waiting a week or so, I got a call from the delivery company that this little beauty had arrived. I was so excited that I scheduled the first delivery date possible. The next day, I had butterflies in my stomach as the Tractor pulled up with the lens strapped to a low-boy trailer. This was a smart move on the delivery company's part since it made off-loading easy and significantly reduced the center of gravity. Once they were finally able to figure out how to get it in the house, they left me with my new toy. I was like a kid in a candy store. I was really impressed that Sigma even included a crowbar to open up the crate. Well, long story short these are my findings:
1. Great walk-around lens: Just make sure you give yourself enough space to explore the area. (I am a body builder so the extra weight is not an issue for me.)
2. Fast autofocus: You will want hearing protection though since the autofocus motor rates in at just a tad less than 120 dB! You will also want to have a firm grip on the lens since it has a fairly significant kick when the autofocus engages.
3. Easily adaptable: I was quickly able to design a turret to mount this lens to the top of my Smart Car. This allowed me to produce stunning images while on safari in the African wilds!
4. Precision Construction: Sigma engineers were really thinking when they gave users the option to use synthetic or conventional oil in the on-board oil tank. I have been giving this glass a lot of use and haven't had any of the seals blow yet (I recommend 10W if you plan on shooting a lot in cold climates).
5. Macro photography is amazing! I was able to discover that an atom is not the smallest unit of matter. This won me the Nobel Prize....SCORE!
6. Additional accessories: Sigma was graciously designed a supplemental tripod made of carbon nano-tubes that can be yours for a mere $14,500.
7. A money maker!: I was contracted by the CIA's Division of Science and Technology to study the flight paths of UFO's 10 million light years away.
8. Love the olive drab finish!!
Look, I could go on and on all day on the pros of this unit. My best advice would be to stop reading this review right now, and buy!! If I had to choose one thing that I did not like about this lens, it would be this: DO NOT OPEN THE END CAP IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT!! I accidently made this mistake and this lens magnified the light so much that I completely incinerated 4 houses on my block......sorry.
48 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro fotog,
One note: my copy FF a little when inside the earth-moon radius, and I don't have AF micro adjust on my rebel xt. Sent in to Sigma for adjustment and came back fine. Even with all the trouble, still great upgrade from my kit lens.
64 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornered the market!,
This review is from: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras (Electronics)It's easy to see the logic Sigma followed to adeptly and ingeniously corner this market (estimated number of prospective customers in parentheses):
The item is designed to appeal to photographers (1.5 billion), who are professionals (500,000), photographing wildlife or pimples on athletes' faces (2,000), who can justify a $29,000 expense (100), who don't mind handling 37 pounds (15), and whose professionalism isn't threatened by it being bright green (1). Unfortunately, that guy was eaten trying to get a close-up of a lion before this thing was designed.
Who knew such a ridiculously large lens could be so good for "panning?"
33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have lens for wedding photographers,
This review is from: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras (Electronics)As a wedding photographer I found this lens to be an invaluable part of my wedding day coverage gear. It never leaves my camera.
The fast, f/2.8 aperture is necessary for getting the shot in dark, cavernous churches. With more and more churches restricting photographers to the back of the church for the entire ceremony while uncle Bobs and Aunt Bobettes flash away from the third row like a pulsating strobe at a 70's era disco, this lens allows you to get right into the middle of the action. It's a bit mean-spirited, but it can also be used handily to knock those point and shoots across the room. There's enough leverage on this bad boy to give them a healthy enough smack that they break into several pieces before they ever hit the far wall. To those who aren't in on the tactic it just looks like you were panning with the candle lighters..... I suggest a tripod so that you can more precisely target the cameras you want to take out in a single sweep, but the lens is fast enough to shoot the entire wedding hand-held.
I wish they hadn't painted the barrel military green though..... unless they went all the way and made it green cammy and then I could hide behind it and take stealth shots. I could probably even sneak to the front of the church without being seen and get some nice closeups of the rings being placed on fingers.... although you wouldn't be able to tell they were fingers at such close range...... or rings.....
I've also mounted skateboard trucks on mine so I can quickly scoot from one location to the next. The sheer size and weight make it extremely stable and people will definitely get out of the way because it looks like an Abrams tank headed toward them at high speed. I've rigged up a seat that slides into the flash mount on the camera but I'm still having difficulty working out the steering. If anyone has any ideas, please pass them along in the comments.
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