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Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM SLD Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital DSLR Camera
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- Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras; 3 Years Warranty
- 10x high zoom ration ultra telephoto zoom lens
- Offers Sigma's OS System allowing handheld photography even in low-light situation
- HSM ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus,3 year warranty
- Four SLD glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom rangeSpecifications
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50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Sigma’s APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM is an advanced optical design of this 10x power high-performance zoom lens that covers the standard-to-super-telephoto range, now with the added advantage of Sigma’s own Optical Stabilization which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Sigma is the only one to offer OS for Sony and Pentax mount where the image is stabilized in the viewfinder if chosen.
For many photographers, having an “all-in-one” lens is an absolute dream. Especially for nature photographers, the idea of a lens suitable for landscape photography at the short end of the zoom range, while still having enough reach for wildlife is a great option. Add to that, the ability to close focus on small objects in the field such as flowers and it’s the perfect backpackers’ lens. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range and Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and assures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. With no need to change lenses, there is less chance of dirt or moisture entering the camera and fouling the imaging sensor.
The filter size of this lens is diameter 95mm and the lens is supplied with a step down ring enabling digital cameras with an APS-c size image sensor to use an diameter 86mm filter.
*It is not possible to use a Polarizing filter with the step down ring. If you attach a Polarizing filter, you may not be able to remove it from the lens again.
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 104.4x219 mm/4.1x8.6 in
Weight: 1970g / 69.5oz.
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.
- High powered ultra-telephoto zoom lens
- Optical stabilization compensates for camera shake
- Carrying case, lens hood, front & rear caps
|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed^normal and panning modes|
|Included Components||Petal Lens Hood, Front & Rear Lens Caps, Carry Cas|
|Item Dimensions||4.09 x 4.09 x 8.62 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2,000 grams|
|Item Weight||4.34 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.80 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||3 Years Warranty|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.5 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||500 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||22|
|Number of Groups||16|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||95 mm|
|Shipping Weight||6.83 pounds|
|Style Name||Nikon Digital DSLR Camera|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon 1||Nikon (DX)||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||auto-focus||manual-and-auto||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||4.09 x 8.62 x 4.09 in||2.8 x 3.27 x 2.8 in||4.1 x 10.2 x 4.1 in||5 x 10.1 x 5 in||4.13 x 10.24 x 4.13 in||3.74 x 9.92 x 3.74 in|
|Item Weight||4.34 lbs||0.66 lb||4.25 lbs||4.3 lbs||6.31 lbs||4.2 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||medium-telephoto||Zoom||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||500 millimeters||200 millimeters||600 millimeters||600 millimeters||600 millimeters||500|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||55 millimeters||150 millimeters||150 millimeters||150 millimeters||150|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||95 millimeters||55 millimeters||95 millimeters||—||105 millimeters||86 millimeters|
Sigmas APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM is an advanced optical design of this 10x power high-performance zoom lens that covers the standard-to-super-telephoto range, now with the added advantage of Sigmas own Optical Stabilization which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Sigma is the only one to offer OS for Sony and Pentax mount where the image is stabilized in the viewfinder if chosen. For many photographers, having an "all-in-one" lens is an absolute dream. Especially for nature photographers, the idea of a lens suitable for landscape photography at the short end of the zoom range, while still having enough reach for wildlife is a great option. Add to that, the ability to close focus on small objects in the field such as flowers and its the perfect backpackers lens. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range and super Multi-Layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting and assures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. With no need to change lenses, there is less chance of dirt or moisture entering the camera and fouling the imaging sensor.
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My one complaint: The lock switch that is used to keep the lens from extending. I have issues with it being difficult to unlock if the lens has any downward pressure . So if it is faced toward the ground when you try to unlock it the lock will catch and you have to tilt the lens upwards to unlock.
Side note it is HEAVY (which is to be expected). Walking with this around your neck or shoulder for 4-5 hours along with a pack is a workout. But what can I say, you get a lens like this and what can you really expect. Especially for the fact that you can still get great picts without requiring a tripod.
I ABSOLUTELY would make this purchase again!
Update: Next month four years since I purchased this lens. It continues to take excellent photos, even after enduring two years of east African roughness and a month of backpacking around India. It remains a great purchase.
--very sharp for an ultra telephoto lens (I've ompared photos between this lens and canon's 100-400, and this lens was just as sharp, if not sharper, than the 100-400)
--optical stabilization is really nice- works very well- and is especially appreciated on such a heavy lens
--takes nice portraits with nice color, contrast and sharpness staight out of camera- although a little boost in photoshop really helps- not much is needed htough
--excellent for nature photography
-Takes some pretty awesome moon shots with pretty good detail
-comes with a tripod collar which the canon lens does not. (I use the collar to carry the lens and camera with- UI flip the collar so that it's at the top and carry the camera like a briefcase with a handle- makes it much easier to carry this beast of a lens around.
--fairly close focussing- good for close-up shots
--Heavy when using all day handheld
--autofocus hunts around more than some of my other lenses, and has a bit of a problem locking onto smaller objects like birds or lower contrast subjects- especially when trying to zero in on a bird in flight against a clear sky- althouygh I do only use spot metering, which may be one of the reasons
--lens telephoto loosens aftetr awhile, causing lens to slam open if not locked and tilted down or to slam closed if tilted up.
--I had a problem with hte lens causing 'error 99' (can';t remember the error code # now) where I would have to remove the lens from my canon 7d, then reattaqch the lens in order to get it to work again- sent it in, and it took almost 3 months to get the lens back from Sigma which
I felt was very excessive- as well, there was abswolutely no comunication from Sigma informing me of the problem or progress on the lens while it was in the shop- would hgave been ice to at least knowe how they were making out on the lens since it was taking so long. The lens however hasn't so far caused tghe error again, however, I haven't been using the lens much either as I have been focusing on street photography and macro photography lately- however, I will be using hte lens again thjis winter for wildlife shots and snomobile races etc. we'll see if hte problem reoccures or not
--f4.5 is pretty large fstop for the low end of the range- you need some pretty good light to use htis lens- or a good camera with good ISO capabilities- my Canon 7d it seems I can't really go much higher than 800 as too nmuch noise comes into play then
All in aLL, I'm quite pleased with hte lens despite the negatives- it's a very versatile lens with a massive range, especially on a crop sernsor camera like the canon 7d- the long end works out to be about 800mm or thereabouts- and htis allows you to really reach out and grab shots of those warry animals that were always just out of reach with other lenses
My only wish is - would like Sigma to have the "tuning-base" available for this lens. My lens shows a very minor amount of front-focus on test charts - - not enough to send this monster to Sigma for a re-tune.
I've been debating if to upgrade for along time and finally did it. I wish I had sooner! The new 50-500 is much sharper and the OS on the lens works very well. And the HSM is silent, the non HSM lens is a lot noisier, I at first thought the new lens was broken because I couldn't hear it focusing after years with the old lens.
Paired with a Sony A65 this lens stopped down to f8 at 500 mm it is very close to to the sharpness of my sigma 500mm 4.5 prime. The old 50-500 was no where even close.
It is a heavy lens but I've been hand shooting the old 50-500 for years now. And look forward to using this lens in the same way. It's a great lens and I'm thrilled I made the purchase.