Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Lens Description||500 millimetres|
|Max Focal Length||500 Millimeters|
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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
- Compatible with corresponding AF mounts from Sigma, Canon, and Nikon
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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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I'll admit, I'm not a professional. I've been using the Gameboy Camera as my primary piece of hardware for the past 6 years, and I felt it was finally time to move up. So I took the leap and bought this hunk of metal as well as a high quality, single use, Kodak 35mm camera (with flash, of course). That's when I ran into my first problem, however. The flash thingy couldn't get around this howitzer barrel. I was in luck though, I managed to jury rig an old U-boat periscope to reflect the flash over this titan and haven't had any issues since.
-INCREDIBLE zoom. I accidentally dropped this behemoth and the camera pointed up and took a picture. I discovered a new exoplanet around AD Leonis 16 lightyears away.
-You can see PAST the observable universe with this tube.
-They cancelled the James Webb after seeing me in action.
-The green adds a level of camouflage. When you're in the middle of a warzone outside of Vang Hai, Cambodia, you HAVE to be stealthy. The green paint COMPLETELY eliminates the lens glare. I've evaded 14 snipers like it was nothing. I've since been contacted by the CIA, FBI, Viet Cong, NSA, Seal Team 6, Costco, and the SIS.
-Doubles as mortar tube if needed
-Sometimes you zoom in to far and accidentally take a peak at the quantum dimension. Spooky stuff man.
-The green camoflauge can make it hard to find if you set it down in a field. I'd get some if flares just in case.
- You're required by law to have a flashing red light on top of this thing when pointing it up so aircraft don't hit it.
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!
On the street I find the lens draws a lot of attention despite the camouflage green exterior. Rather than "capturing the decisive moment" I have found myself face down on the street, handcuffed, and vigorously searched by the authorities far more often than I would have liked.
With hindsight I would have bought a smaller lens, and a nice car, for the money.