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(based on 5 ratings)
Brand: Sigma
Located in: Sigma, 35mm SLR Lenses
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS Cameras.
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
3.6 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
60% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus(3), Strong construction(3)
Cons:
Heavy(3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife(3)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(3)

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Glad I bought it
By rwhiteVerified Purchaser from Cincinnati, OH on 6/24/2009
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Quick Focus, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sigma Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS Cameras.:

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the photos. Having a range from 50 mm to 500mm made me a little suspect until I actually had an opportunity to put it through its paces. The AF is fast, quiet and sharp.

The only draw back I have is the weight. It is heavy, but a tripod and cable release are a cure.

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Eastern Bluebird @ 500mm

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Tags: Made with Product

[13 of 13 customers found this review helpful]

 
A flawed but exceptional lens
By AlanbataarVerified Reviewer from Wheaton, MD on 1/28/2008
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Pros:
Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Cons:
Attracts attention, Heavy, Slow Focus
Best Uses:
Sports/Action, Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sigma Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS Cameras.:

I bought "The Bigma" to replace a disappointing Canon 70-200 f5.6L lens, which is "L" in name only.

This lens and a 2x teleconverter (don't waffle about it, just get a 2xTC) extended the reach of my gear quite significantly at a very reasonable price.

It's quite unique - the range you get for the money is stunning. I'm satisfied with the quality of construction and the images.

If you respect it's limitations (or, if you like, shortcomings) it will deliver sharp, neutral-color, well-saturated images for you. The bokeh is pleasing as well.

The main limitation is that it's not fast glass at f4-6.3. Despite the monstrous 86mm filter size, it doesn't collect a lot of light at the far end of the zoom. It's even slower with the 2xTC.

The downside to having a 450mm range is that the focusing mechanism has to travel a long way while moving heavy bits. It's simply not a fast focusing lens.

I've shot wildlife, and the occasional outdoor portrait, but I bought it primarily to shoot motorcycle racing. I find that when I'm close to the edge of the track, and the bikes are whizzing by, the AF can't keep up. If I position myself further away from the action, use a tripod, and take advantage of the long reach, I get fine results. It's surprisingly easy to manual focus, as well.

One other "unintended side-effect" worth mentioning is that you spend a lot of time talking to people. Fully extended, it looks a bit like a rocket launcher with a camera hanging off the back. It's hardly stealthy.

I'd say the key to happiness with The Bigma is that you should consider this a 200-500mm lens that can be used as a 50mm in a pinch. It's not a good replacement for a faster, lighter, smaller 50-200mm zoom.

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Dissapointed
By outdoorsman from MD on 12/19/2007
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Pros:
Easy access of controls
Cons:
Lens Creep, Slow Focus
Best Uses:
Wildlife
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sigma Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS Cameras.:

I use this lens for photographing birds. I've had it for a month and am finding too many con's about it as i use it more and more. This lens would be good for still photo's and Landscape photo's. As for photographing birds, i think the focus is too slow. The lock for the lens only works at 50mm and if you don't have it locked it will creep.

[5 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

 
Price and range appealed to me.
By DickVerified Purchaser from Danville, Pa. on 5/9/2007
Cons:
Pictures were not sharp, Tele-converter can only b
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sigma Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS Cameras.:

I was disappointed with the sharpness of my pictures with this lens. I didn't read on any of the reviews or specifications that the tele-converter could only be used between 100-500 and the focus is manual.

[11 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

 
Heavy, but well worth it
By EdVerified Purchaser from Panama City, Fl on 3/27/2007
Pros:
Easily Accessible Controls, Easily Mounted, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Best Uses:
Action Shots
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sigma Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood for Canon EOS Cameras.:

I've used to to shot soccer & softball and have gotten great shots no matter where I am on the pitch or field. I the last time I used it I didn't have my monopod and after the second game my arm was sore, so make sure you have some kind of support

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