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

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  • Special Low Dispersion glass, plus a seven group zoom system and multi-coated optics, enable this wide-ranging zoom lens
  • Zoom Lock mechanism helps eliminate zoom creep when the lens is tilted up or down
  • Detachable lens hood is provided to protect the front of the lens from extraneous light
  • Accepts 86mm size filters
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: B0009F3MQK
  • Lens Type: 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 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009F3MQK
  • Item model number: B0009F3MQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 14, 2005

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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I absolutely love this lens.
N. Carter
Not saying that it's impossible, but your hands will eventually get tired.
Aaron Li
Birds, animals, even the moon.
Philip Kohler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2008
Other owners of this lens will walk up to you when you are shooting in public with this lens, and they will ask how you like "bigma." Bigma is the nickname of this lens.

I've used this lens for 4 years, it has enabled me to discover much. For example, girls and women, can *feel* you looking at them. With this lens, you can get far enough away (30+ feet) that females can't feel you looking at them. And, then you get great head and shoulder candid shots. And then, their mothers call you up and say "I just love that picture because she didn't know you were there." Another constituency you will have improved access to, is small children. They also, like to have their pictures taken, and with all the digital cameras around today, they are masters of over posing. With bigma your church will ask you to become the unofficial photographer because you get "better" pictures of the kids (i.e., candids without posing) than anyone else.

I've used the lens on a D70 taking kid-event pictures, high school soccer pictures, and high school marching band pictures. Yes, I had and hated the auto focus problems - particularly in sports. So, if you have a D70, be prepared to be patient until you get the hang of the lens. Bigma will force you to read your manual and to experiment with autofocus and to measure the % of out of focus pictures you get, and keep trying new things. But after the pain, this is a good thing. It is called learning.

Now I'm using the 50-500 on my D300 there are smaller and less frequent autofocus problems. The sensors in the D70 were not quite good enough, I think. So, if you have a D70 and don't like this lens, you might want to trade the 50-500 for a D300. Or borrow a friend's D200 or D300 and see if the lens performs better.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2007
Last summer I borrowed the SIGMA 50-500 for a week while I was vacationing with the most wonderful woman in the world. We spent the week in a small rustic cabin on Seventh Lake in the central Adirondacks. I had a great time shooting with the lens, but frankly, I was not careful enough at that time to make the sort of outstanding images of which this lens is capable.

I tried snapping things in a hurry and on dark rainy days. The SIGMA 50-500 isn't really designed for that sort of low light grab work. Since then I've learned a lot about light, shutter speed, the relative stability of tripods, and what one should expect from a 500mm telephoto lens. Now I am taking the sort of images this unique lens is meant for.

The SIGMA 50-500 EX DG HSM APO is a very unique lens. Back in the day, the manufacturing process didn't allow vendors to make lenses like this with good optical properties. These days, they practically do miracles by the old standards. This lens isn't something you see around every day-yet at least-but it takes great pictures.

At a little over four pounds, it's very light as 500mm lenses go. Vibration reduction (Image Stabilization for Canon fans) would be a great benefit, but for the price, you just can't come close to the performance of this lens anywhere else. It comes with a carrying and storage bag, but you can't have a body attached while it's in the bag. On the other hand, this lens can be carried with a body attached without too much effort. I wouldn't want to hike with it, but it's OK for half-day birding trips and things like that.

For more information and some example shots, see my Blog at [...]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. McCaffrey on October 17, 2009
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I received "BIG MA" in excellent condition, and exactly on time, from Amazon. What's not to like? It worked seamlessly with my Nikon D-90 ("plug and play"). I know this has been stressed in prior reviews (which were VERY helpful to me in deciding on this lens): know what you're getting! The SIGMA 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras is a "biggee." This is NOT a lightweight lens, folks. Weighing in at a fighting weight of 6 lbs, Big Ma is deserving of at least a MONOPOD, and ... if you like lugging the things: a TRIPOD. I still retained my Nikkor 70-300mm lens for trips, since it's lightweight, compared to Big Ma ... though I still might take "Ma" with me anyway, I like it so much :-) From my own experience, did it make that much of a difference from the 70-300 lens? Of course! I was attempting to take pics of a blue heron from a distance some weeks before I received Big Ma, and just couldn't bring Big Bird in like I wanted to, the 70-300 was just not powerful enough. Another photographer happened to be near me at this location and also had a Nikon. He said: "Here, try this lens." I switched to his Big Ma, and it was LOVE! I ordered it immediately upon coming home (I'd been thinking of this before trying his lens, and had already read all the reviews). Another thing, which I'm SURE none of our shutterbugs reading these reviews thinks of, since I'm sure you're all above such thoughts: but (since I obviously never moved up to more elevated thinking) I thought: "Man, that lens (Big Ma on that other guy's camera) sure does look MEAN!" In addition to it's "punch," Big Ma has the effect of making the owner LOOK like he/she knows what they're doing (whether they do or not). It's an investment, folks.Read more ›
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