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This ultra-telephoto zoom lens covers a telephoto range up to 500mm and allows photographers to bring the subject close and short perspective. Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. It is ideal for sports, wildlife and landscape photography with handheld shooting. Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for chromatic aberration. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing.
The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well asfull-time manual focusing capability.
The addition of the (optional) 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 210-700mm F7-9 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens or a 300-1000mm F10-13 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens respectively. A removable tripod socket (TS-31) is included as a standard component.
The Sigma 150-500mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Sigma 150-500mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sigma 150-500mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma 150-500mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
Compares nicely to Canon's 1000-400mm
A friend loaned us his Canon 100-400mm L-Series lens to play with, and I've had a chance to compare it with my new Sigma 150-500mm. Here's some of the things I've observed while playing with both on my trusty Canon 20D: Auto Focus and OS - Some web reviews have suggested that the Sigma's AF is slower and the OS noisier than the Canon's. At focal lengths beyond 250mm, I actually found the Sigma's AF to be faster and less prone to hunt, and although the OS noise was noticeable, it was no worse ...View full Review
A friend loaned us his Canon 100-400mm L-Series lens to play with, and I've had a chance to compare it with my new Sigma 150-500mm. Here's some of the things I've observed while playing with both on my trusty Canon 20D: Auto Focus and OS - Some web reviews have suggested that the Sigma's AF is slower and the OS noisier than the Canon's. At focal lengths beyond 250mm, I actually found the Sigma's AF to be faster and less prone to hunt, and although the OS noise was noticeable, it was no worse than the Canon's. Sigma claims that their OS is good for 4 stops. I'm guessing closer to two, as Canon claims for the 100-400mm. Not too shabby in either case, and the OS works nicely. Sharpness - Several web reviews stated that the Canon lens produces sharper images. Up to about 300mm I couldn't tell the difference, but beyond 300mm the Sigma consistently produced sharper, crisper images. In fact, at 500mm the Sigma produced images that equaled the clarity of the Canon's at 400mm. The Canon is a superior zoom lens, so suffice to say that I'm impressed with the Sigma's performance. Low-light limitations - Again, web reviewers favored the Canon lens, but at full zoom in low-light (indoor lighting) conditions, the Sigma focused more quickly and consistently produced sharper and brighter images than the Canon lens. Lens creep - Sorry Sigma...Canon is the hands-down winner here by virtue of a lock ring on the lens barrel that produces a rock-solid lock at any focal length. The Sigma is nice and tight and might not creep at all, but it appears that its lock only functions at 150mm. Beyond 150mm, it appears that you have to rely on the extension mechanism and the lens's internal seals to limit lens creep. Fit on Canon camera bodies - Several reviews that I saw described the Sigma's fit on Canon bodies as "sloppy". Mine is nice and tight, tighter in fact than either the noted Canon 100-400 or my own Canon 70-200 lens. Size/Weight - The Sigma is a physically bigger lens, particularly at full extension, but they weigh about the same and both have excellent balance. However, either one would be a hand-held handful, so a tripod or monopod is pretty much essential for getting good, clean wobble-free long-distance shots. Bottom line...considering the $700 price difference, the Sigma lens is a real find. It seems to equal or perhaps even better the performance of the Canon lens considered by some to be the class standard. I agonized over choice of a super zoom lens, but I'm glad I chose the Sigma.
Most Liked Negative Review
If your budget is tight...
It takes decent photos in the 150mm - 400mm lens. It looses a lot of sharpness at the 400-500 range. I have since traded this lens in for the Canon 100-400mm lens and I'm extremely satisfied with the Canon lens. I should have forked out the extra cash from the get go and skipped the Sigma lens.
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I bought this lens for wildlife photography as we live on a creek with a salt marsh and there are many birds and waterfowl to photograph. My eye isn't critical enough to detect some of the optical deficiencies others have noted about this lens so to my eye the results are very pleasing. I bumped my ISO to 800 to ensure a faster shutter speed and help reduce possible camera shake. That, coupled with the image stabilization, has allowed hand-held shooting at full zoom. I was pleasantly surprised. As one would expect, the combination of this lens and my Nikon D7000 is pretty heavy. Long walks in the woods could be pretty tiring but the ability to photograph an eagle without having to do massive enlargement is worth the trade-off. Extra care handling this lens is necessary due to its weight and size. I don't know it would take being bumped around and don't want to find out the hard way. The cushioned case that comes with the lens is a necessity.
only had it a month,shooting birds on the river. No problem hand held, with vibration reduction on. Focus not bad.I'm no pro so this is good enough for me.
First of all let me state that they have a sort of decieving picture of this lens that makes it look sort of smaller than it is in real life -- READ the SPECS!!! It arrived and the box size right away made me face facts that this was not a smaller lightweight Tele Lens. It weighs 5 lbs! And it is 12 inches long without the hood. That being said --- I purchased a chest assisted mono pod, and fell in love! I the motor is smooth,,,it is quiet, and it is rather fast to focus at least for me. I'm a hummingbird fanatic and capturing those little sweeties, is not always easy! But this lens does the job that I was hoping for! And, for the price you get a lot for the money! The lens hood, a mounting strap to help any accidents, and a beautiful carry case that NEEDS to be used if you do not have it on your camera!
The Sigma 150-500 is a very good lens for the most part. It's at its best focusing within 100ft/30m. Very sharp images within that range and the stabilization works very well too. It's not as good at extreme distances or in poor light. It has a zoom lock to prevent lens creep when carrying the lens on a camera.
Nature shots, AF works well, like the O/S and the construction of the lens seems very well made. A learning curve and getting used to the weight of a larger lens. Overall, very pleased and the price fits my budget.
As a photographer who specializes in Nature shots, I was nervous and cautious about purchasing this lens and after my first photo run, I think I will like it. It will take a little learning curve and getting used to the extra weight but the auto focus worked very well. I look forward to giving this lens a heavy workout soon. Hand held is possible and a heavy duty tripod is also a good backup for using this lens.
Works for me like the size have no problem hand holding this lens
i am happy with lens. picture quality is better than i have read about. uses are wild life, focus is ok,but does hunt a little.for the money go for it ,and understand short comming.low light,creep.in good light have taken hand held photo when ihave to
I have used this lens for both nature and portraits. It is a great value in that it is very sharp even at f/7.1 @ 500mm. Small birds, like an American Redstart have very good feather detail at 30 feet from the camera. The hair of a chipmunk is also well defined. Both of those subjects were shot hand held with the OS turned on. The bokeh is ok and the zoom ring is a bit on the stiff side. Otherwise, I would give the lens 5 stars.
I got this lens since I didn't have anything in this length. I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality and ease of use. I used the lens to get the red moon eclipse the other night. I used a tripod but also took a few hand-held shots which came out sharp. I had to turn off the auto-focus at the height of the eclipse (when the moon was very dark) as the lens kept hunting and not finding the right focus. All in all, a great lens!
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