Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for 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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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.
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So after getting this lens, in its gloriously green MINT condition, I couldn't wait to stick it on my refurbished Nikon and try it out for some photos around town. Now, this thing may be just a tad heavier than my iPhone, but I'm a pretty sturdy guy, and I didn't mind slinging it on my shoulder strolling down the street feeling like a real pro. Downside is people started to stare and point at me, and some even started bolting down the street when I tried to take pictures. Capture the moment they say, so I took some *nice* pictures of people running. Gorgeous photos! TACK sharp. I could literally count every single strand of DNA on peoples' hair when I pixel-peep my photos. Unfortunately, a while later, sirens blazed down. At least 6 police cars raced up, surrounded me, and blared at me to "Put my hands up in the air and drop all weapons".
So I had a rough start with the lens. I had been feeling a bit bummed that I couldn't use it for my everyday shooting in broad daylight. Well, turns that I didn't need to, because I found out that, with the amazing reach of this lens, I could take wedding photos over in L.A. from New York without even putting my pants on and leaving the house. What's more, I can see Russia from my backyard. (Gorgeous landscapes!). AND, I recently saw that Jupiter actually has *70* moons and not *69*, thanks to this len's phenomenal low-light capabilities. (NASA, you missed one).
With this lens, I've taken photos that most people could only dream of. This lens is truly in a class of its own!
In the end, I concluded the only way to get there was to sell the Canon at a loss and spend $20,000 on an f/2.8.
They were out of stock, but by paying in advance I was able to convince Sigma to start growing the fluorite
crystal required for the low-dispersion elements back in 2010. The first crystal broke when one of the lab people tuned a radio to AM instead of FM. But they finished growing the second crystal last month and quickly assembled the lens for me. Free shipping was a godsend, as this lens normally is lowered by helicopter and requires at least a quarter acre of land for dropoff.
I mostly use it street photography and weddings, plus the occasional boudoir photoshoot.
It takes a standard 550mm filter, I was able to attach a closeup filter to bring the minimum focusing distance down to 16 feet. The bokeh is a bit "nervous" so for wedding shoots, I sometimes pair this lens with my 500mm f/1.4, which I normally hate to carry because it's a bit bulky at 627 pounds.
Autofocus is fast and smooth, and is achieved via a customized car battery. The mechanism is fairly quiet, making it perfect for capturing skittish birds and taking unobtrusive shots in public places. Full-time hug-method manual focus is also available - you simple encircle the lens hood with both arms, bite a corner of the camera with your teeth, and twist your head.
All in all I'd say this is an outstanding value, and very cool looking. It works great when shoulder mounted. Try it on government installations, water treatment plants, the white house, and military bases!
So ok for those looking for something to put on a key chain but not really too useful or practical for anything else.
UPDATE: gave to my elementary school daughter. She glued on to her Annie Leibovitz (?) model Barbie with a hidden camera in her left eye. It keeps falling over but seems to make her happy. Might be a good accessory if your kid is into Barbies but find Ken a little too creepy to bring home.