Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Front & Rear Caps
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- TS-31 Tripod Collar
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed|
|Item Dimensions||3.74 x 3.74 x 9.92 inches|
|Item Display Weight||4.2 pounds|
|Item Weight||4.2 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||2.20 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F5.0 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||500|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||150|
|Minimum Focal Range||86.6 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||21|
|Number of Groups||15|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||86 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||16.4 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||5.95 pounds|
|Style Name||for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
From the Manufacturer
150-500 mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Reinventing Telephoto Zooms
The Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 is ultra telephoto zoom designed for Full Frame sensors but may also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 255 mm to 850 mm on the Sigma SD format. An Optical Stabilizer (OS) allows for handheld photography even in low light scenarios, while a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, high speed, and accurate autofocusing. This unique lens is an excellent optical performer featuring three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements for optimum color correction and sharpness throughout the entire zoom range, rear focusing system corrects for fluctuation of aberration due to focusing. It compact size of a mere 10 inches and weight of only 4 pounds for its focal length make it a must have for any camera bag.
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 94.7 x 252 millimeter /3.6 x 9.9 inches
Weight: 1,780 grams / 62.8 ounces
Since 1961, and with the recent introduction of Sigma Global Vision, we have worked toward one single, simple goal: To hold ourselves to the highest standard of design & manufacturing of imaging products. Photography is all we do. And it’s all we’ve done. So you can rest assured that it’s something we know extensively and care deeply about. You have a vision. We’ve made it our mission.
- Affordable long range telephoto zoom lens
- Optical stabilization compensates for camera shake (not available on Sony & Pentax mounts)
- Carrying case, lens hood, front & rear caps
Top Customer Reviews
UPDATE: In response to the person who rated this lens three stars I would like to quote David Bush's book "Nikon D80 Digital Field Guide" where he states "most lenses produce their sharpest image approximately two stops less than wide open. For example, if you're using a zoom lens with an f/4 maximum aperture, it probably has its best resolution and least distortion at roughly f/8". I've practiced David's suggestion with my Sigma 150-500 and it works beautifully, but like everything else, it takes some time to getting used to unless you're a professional photographer then you'd know this before hand.Read more ›
This lens is a vast improvement over the 170-500 model. I used that lens on a wildlife trip and had to jack up the ISO to 800-1600 to get decent shutter speeds and a clear picture. Unfortunately that introduced noise, really bad in some shots. The D300 is much better than the D200 in that regard, but the lens was pretty much unusable without a tripod. This lens will alleviate any of those problems.
I usually buy Nikon lenses. This and the Sigma earlier models including the 170-500 (which I had to buy for a trip and now I'm selling) are the only lenses I could find that gave a substantial difference over the Nikon 70-300 VR. The Nikon 80-400 VR is $[...] and focuses slowly, and you can pretty much just crop to achieve the 100mm difference (I tried it to be sure.)
I'm looking forward to using this with a 1.4 teleconverter, you lose autofocus and 1 stop, can only go down to 100mm but get a 35mm equivalent of 1050mm! For only $[...]!
The quality of the lens is very good. There is zero zoom creep. Autofocusing is fast, though just a tad off (a few pixels off on the 'TM' - could be the camera, and that can be adjusted.) Manual focusing is tricky with the tripod collar on, it blocks the focusing ring so either move your hand to the top, slide your hand in between the lens and collar, or take the collar off. I got perfect focus using the viewfinder indicator as a reference point. The finish is of high quality, but a little strange.Read more ›
The direct point is that the Canon does perform marginally better in every aspect. The Sigma clearly wins in cost-performance ratio but that also varies based on your intended use and preferences. The main difference is the 70%+ price in the lenses.
The Sigma 150-500 is *NOT* a substitute for a low-light high speed use telephoto lens such as F2.8 lenses. However, the 2.8 lenses are an apples to oranges comparison - comparing a 400mm 2.8 that costs several times more ($6500) and suited to a different purpose. The Sigma lens is suited more towards daytime wildlife as opposed to sports events in varying conditions or poor lighting in any situation.
The 150-500 has shortcomings compared to the more expensive lenses - which is typically the case for any brand. I still highly recommend the lens & have enjoyed 600+ pictures within 7 days of owning it. The lens is excellent for wildlife, a great "out-of-box" experience with accessories, and will serve most a long time.
+ Optics are outstanding considering the market price.
+ Less than $1000 USD as of this writing
+ 500mm without use of a teleconverter
- Not as sharp compared to the 50-500 Sigma but the 50-500 lacks OS/IS
+ Light build quality considering lens class
- Durability trade-off for lower weight. Sealing not optimal, housing uses plastic.
+ Aesthetics. Rubberized/tactile feel with a sleek dark gray body.
- Aesthetics/durability. Coating on body prone to marks/scratches.
- Stiff zoom ring takes effort to operate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I do not personally own this lens, I had a chance this morning to test it on behalf of my friend. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Anton L.
Works as expected. Very dark, high F-stop so low light photos are hard to get.Published 1 month ago by maineac
I am getting a lot of nice photos in the 400mm range which you just can not beat in this price range.Published 1 month ago by Grahame
where to start with this behemoth?
yes it is a super tele zoom. yes it has reasonable (and loud) IS. image quality is decent for a 3rd party budget lens. Read more
I'm happy with the lens, but my expectations were also very realistic. I bought this because I couldn't afford a faster lens to do sports pics of my son. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phillip