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Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO RF Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • High-magnification zoom lens with a 10x zoom ratio, optimized for digital SLR cameras
  • Features SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements for superior correction of chromatic aberration
  • Features zoom lock switch to prevent "zoom creep"
  • Lens construction features 20 elements in 16 groups
  • Includes a zoom hood and removable tripod collar
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: B0009F3MPQ
  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom
  • Minimum focal length: 50 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 500 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009F3MPQ
  • Item model number: B0009F3MPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 14, 2005

Product Description

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The Sigma APO 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a high-magnification zoom lens with a 10x zoom ratio. The advanced optical design of the lens is optimized for digital SLR cameras, and the super coating on each glass surface produces superb color rendition, while reducing flare and ghosting. This lens uses four pieces of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass for excellent correction of color aberration throughout the entire zoom range. The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) provides quiet high-speed AF function, as well as full-time manual focus capability. This lens also features a Zoom Lock device to eliminate "zoom creep" when the lens is tilted down. When the lens is set to the 50 millimeter focal length, it is remarkably compact and provides easy handling. The tripod mount is composed of magnesium, to minimize total weight. It is also easy to grip and carry the lens due to ergonomic design of the tripod mount. Non-rotating front lens elements, due to the rear focus mechanism, make possible the use of a custom bayonet "petal-type hood," which prevents extraneous light from degrading the image quality. This mechanism also allows the use of circular polarizing filters, since the front barrel does not rotate during focusing or zooming.

Product Description

The Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM SLR Camera Lens is a 10x Hyperzoom lens that covers all popular focal lengths from the 50mm "normal" to 500mm ultra-telephoto focal-length perspectives. Designed for a tripod mount, this lens remains lightweight and structurally durable for its size

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Build quality is as good it gets.
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I shoot a lot of wildlife and it is great.
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This lens is a wonderful learning tool.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By ShutterFlash on May 1, 2006
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The auto focus is super quiet and reasonably fast in most situations, although mounted on my D30 it does get confused in complex lighting. This is a BIG and HEAVY lens. I use the neck strap provided with the lens, as well as the strap on the camera at the same time. Although I'm probably overcautious, I don't trust the weight of the lens hanging from the camera without extra support. Mounted on a monopod, it is well balanced although following birds in flight presents a challenge. Optically, it's truly beautiful through all f stops. It looks like it will take any abuse I can reasonably give it, being solidly constructed and manufactured to very precise tolerances. I wanted a quality super telephoto and I got one at a great price.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Fight2FlyPhoto on November 8, 2006
This has been my primary lens for all of my aviation photography and has never let me down! I have photographs that I've taken as slow as 1/40 at the 500mm end without the use of any tripod/monopod with fantastic results! The lens obviously comes in at 8 pounds and in my opinion really helps with panning. The real reason for purshasing this lens is its incredible zoom range. At airshows I keep it in the 300-500mm end of the lens most of the time but there have been many times I had to quickly zoom to the 50mm end to frame that "perfect" shot to include an aircraft taxiing right in front of me along with the other aircraft still in the air. I also shoot at a local airport for my clients and not having to quickly change lenses/bodies continually makes this lens well worth its weight in gold!

the only issue I've had with this lens is when I'm shooting in windy conditions. That long lens acts like a sail and can really be a problem when shooting a slow/stationary object.

Nearly every photograph on my website, fight2flyphoto.com, was taken with this incredible lens.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. White on December 16, 2007
This is the lens that is on my camera (Cannon Rebel XTI) the most. It is very versatile. I am still a beginner, but a serious one, and the range it has is very useful. I shoot a lot of wildlife and it is great. It is very heavy so you need a sturdy tripod, although, you can hand-hold this camera, even at the 500 range, in good light and get great shots. One big problem with the lens is it gets a lot of dust on the inside on the internal lens. I have to go get it cleaned every now and then. I am too nervous to take it apart myself. I have had this lens one year and love it very much. It has even taken a couple of spills and still works great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Pivkova on September 2, 2010
EDIT: I came back to give this lens 3 stars instead of 4, and here's why: After all the trouble I had with the first copy, I got a replacement that seemed to work much better. Customer service was good. Read below for that. My NEW problem is that it hasn't even been a year since I bought it, and the auto-focus on the replacement lens that Sigma sent to me is NO LONGER WORKING!!! I take very good care of this lens. I haven't dropped it once, it stays in my bag, and is stored properly. I use it three months out of the year when picture season comes up. This is unacceptable. Looks like I'll have to send it back to Sigma AGAIN to have it repaired or replaced. This is not a good thing. As happy as I was with it, problems like this have me worried when the warranty runs out. I spent a bit over $1,000.00 on this lens. For it to have this many problems within it's first year of use is unacceptable!

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I'd like to start by saying that the first copy of this lens which I bought (not from Amazon) turned out to be a dud (which is partly why I give it four stars instead of five). Every time I took a picture, the photo would turn out blurry to an unacceptable level. It miss-focused just enough to where I wasn't sure if it was me, or if it was the lens. At first I believed it was user error, but it took me a month to realize that the lens was a problem. It was highly disappointing, as I had been dying to buy it for some time. I sent it off to Sigma headquarters in New York to have it inspected. It took a week to get there, and another week to hear back from Sigma. They concluded that the lens was beyond repair. I didn't get the specifics, but I was told that the optics were defective and it would be too costly to try to repair.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Penniston on April 22, 2008
If you are looking at a BIGMA, you are most likely price-conscience. Nothing wrong with that because this lens gives a lot for a little price. In good light, it provides a great pictures. Great ability to change to varying degrees of distance from the subject, making it very versatile. But without IS and good light, it lacks a bit. I love to shoot youth football, and day games are great, but night games are impossible. So if you want to shoot at night, get a Canon IS lens. If you are going to shoot different distances, especially outdoor sports, this is a great lens.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victor Edmonds on August 2, 2008
This lens is about as versatile as they come with 50mm up close and 500mm to get you out there. It is not for the faint at heart. It is a full load to carry, but it takes great pictures. T-pod mounted this lens is tack sharp on detail.The HSM is fast and with no rotation on the front you can get those split second shots. While not prime glass it is all the bang for the buck.
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