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Sigma 73A205 150-500mm F/5-6.3 APO HSM DG Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony DSLRs
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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
|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed|
|Included Components||Bayonet Hood & Case, 1 Year International|
|Item Dimensions||3.74 x 3.74 x 9.92 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1,800 grams|
|Item Weight||3.92 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||2.20 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F5.0 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||500 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||150 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||150 mm|
|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||6 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
Focal length: 150-500mm
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I read a blog post recently that faulted americans for buying products that were "good enough".
I personally don't see that as a defect.
this lens is good enough.
if I still shot film, it would be too slow. I don't.
handheld it's stabilization is superior to pentax's in-body "shake reduction''.
on a tripod it yields very sharp images at all zoom levels.
surprisingly, wide-open, the images are quite good.
in the week I've had it, I've shot a couple of thousand images on five different bodies. things have gone nicely.
the only (slightly) negative thing to say about this lens/system combination is that it requires good contrast (not good light) to focus quickly.
I am very glad I did make the investment on the lens. Autofocus was fast for me, Optical Stabilizer was pretty good too. Image quality was pretty sharp for my liking. Good lens to have if you're not looking to spend a fortune, but need that extra reach. My Canon 70-200L has been starting to stay home in favor of this lens.
Pros: Great reach for a lens, good quality focus, solid construction, fast daytime autofocus.
Cons: Heavy lens weighs 5lbs, some struggle with lower light focus.
This lens is very sharp in my opinion ( my opinion is subjectable as i am not a professional )
First of all, I find this lens to be very sharp throughout most of its range.I am very happy with the phopts handheld, i would recommend using a tri-pod as this lens is a tad weighty. The photos lend to be slightly soft in the long end, but acceptable.
I recommend this lens for anyone that wants a long range glass with a budget. ( Under a thousand dollars )
I have no complaints or regrets in this purchase.
I purchase this lens for birds' photography mostly from my backyard (so far), at the begin I did not get any pictures that I'm happy with , I think mostly because I have an unrealistic expectation from this lens or any telephoto lens for that matter.
After many unsuccessful shots, I start to read about wild life photography from peoples who do this for a living "No matter how big a zoom lens you have, if you want a tack sharp picture, you must get close to your subject", at the beginning most of my shot are of little tiny birds more than 75ft away than crop real close afterward and unhappy with the result, that's what I mean by "unrealistic expectation"
But if I take my time, get closer or at least have my main subject cover more than 75% of the frame, the images come out are unbelievable sharp and I'm very happy with the result.
In compare to Nikon 70-300mm this lens in much quitter and faster in auto focus assume in good light , in OS mode or VR for Nikon both lens have about the same amount of rattling noise, but OS on this lens seem to be a little better than Nikon 70-300mm. google this > photos/83693154@N07/ to see pictures with this lens
My conclusion the extra 200mm compare to Nikon 70-300 this lens worth it , also this lens look much nicer in your hand compare to all the pictures you see online , not that heavy for a 500mm, for now this lens a keeper until I have $ for a Nikon super telephoto lens (because I'm a Nikon guy)
I also own Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Pro DX and Nikon 10-24mm f 3.5-4.5g ed af-s dx, I will give my review and compassion of both lens soon , once I spent enough time with both lens