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Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM SLD Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony Digital DSLR Camera
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- Construction 16 Groups /22 Elements Angle of view 46.8° - 5° F stop range 22 Closest Focusing Distan with 3 year warranty
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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||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed^normal and panning modes|
|Item Dimensions||4.09 x 4.09 x 8.62 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||4.34 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.80 m|
|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|
|Real Angle Of View||46.8 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||6.8 pounds|
|Style Name||Sony Digital DSLR Camera|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
The Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 OS HSM APO DG Zoom Lens is a 10x power high-performance zoom that covers the standard-to-super-telephoto range, with the added advantage of Optical Stabilization. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction and sharpness throughout the entire zoom range, and Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. The Hyper Sonic Motor ensures quiet and high speed AF as well as full time manual focus capability. Includes lens hood, APS-C hood adapter, step-down filter adapter (95-86mm) and carrying case.
Top customer reviews
So far in my tests it has been very sharp and operates smoothly. I will add a few test shots I made just after opening the box. BTW I read the information sheet and learned a few thing I had not known when renting it. For instance they say to turn off the image stabilization before removing the lens as it may create problems later.
First image, close up, un-cropped but re-sized from med RAW capture (10 megapixels) using a Canon 7D. I did a mild edit in LR for contrast. 500mm f/6.3 iso 400 shutter speed 1/200 (yes OS was on) hand held.
Second image same place and time just zoomed out at 50mm f/5.6, SS 1/200, iso 200
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