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Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Cameras - USA Warranty

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The Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a 10x high zoom ratio ultra telephoto zoom lens incorporating Sigma's original Optical Stabilizer function.

This lens covers a wide range of focal lengths from 50mm to 500mm ultra telephoto. The OS (Optical Stabilizer) function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of color aberration. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghost and ensures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range.

This lens has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 (at the focal length of 200mm) making it ideal for close-up photography. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability. The addition of the optional 1.4x EX DG or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 70-700mm F6.3-8 or a 100-1000mm F9-12.6 MF zoom lens respectively.

This lens is equipped with a Petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. The filter size of this lens is 95mm and the lens is supplied with a step down ring enabling digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor to use an 86mm filter.

*For Nikon and Canon mounts, Optical Stabilizer (OS) function will not work with film SLR cameras except Nikon F6 and Canon EOS-1V.

*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.

The Sigma 50-500mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Sigma 50-500mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sigma 50-500mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma 50-500mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Sigma 50-500mm Specifications

16 Groups /22 Elements
Angle of view
46.8° - 5°
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
19.7-70.9 in./ 50-180cm
Maximum Magnification
1:3.1 (f=200mm)
Filter Size
95 with 86mm step down adapter
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
8.6" x 4.1" / 219mm x 104.4mm
19702g / 69.5oz.
Mfr #

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Most Liked Positive Review


"Great lens for the price"

Great price compared to the Canons. A bit heavy when your on the move. I'm thinking my next lens might be the Sigma 300-800mm.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not what I'm Looking for!

Tt's not what I need.

Reviewed by 46 customers


A Great Lens at a Great Price


I had one of the earlier film models that I used with a Canon EOS3 . When I got my Canon 50 D , I could see some Ghosting . I was shooting and eagle nest from 400 yds. Lots of backlight caused a reflection of the sensor . As soon as I saw and add that Sigma updated the lens in a DG version ,I ordered it and have Great results .Like any other tool ,you have to try different things to see what works and do your home work before buying anything . Sigma has a great website that you can find compatibility charts that tell what converts will work with .I love the lens and have sold a lot of pictures taken with it.I am in my 70's and I can hand hold it. Tripod best for long shots .Turn off IS


Not what I'm Looking for!


Tt's not what I need.


Bigma lens


Great lens appears in excellent condition and works as advertised


Compatable with Nikon D5200


My wife and both use this lense for general photography and race car photos. It does have it's own focusing motor and auto focus works well. Very good bang for the buck.


Good lens for the money


If your thing is wildlife and you want to lug only one lens you may consider the Bigma as it's versatility can not be beat. At 200mm its useful for those quick shots of dragonflies and butterflies. IQ is far from a dedicated macro lens though, but this is to be expected. Three stars for me because the AF is slow,(initial focus acquisition is night and day as compared to my Canon 400 f 5.6) focus limiter might improve it a bit. I'm shooting it on a Canon 60d for the past couple of months. Not sure if I would keep it but I will give it more time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Major Disappointmment


I will be returning this lens. I bought it for bird photography. It is a very very heavy 4.5 lbs. It is very bulky. Even though they claim it can be hand held with great results because of its in lens optical stabilization I found that didn't work at all. You must have a tripod or forget it. Most of the time when you point it at a subject it just sits there out of focus and doesn't even hunt. It just sits there. I missed many shots because it wouldn't focus and when it did, extremely slow too slow for action shots. Also not sharp in focus, very soft. The manual focus actually works pretty good, very smooth but again you must have a tripod so you can turn the manual focus ring with a free hand. The image still comes out soft when the subject is shown to be in focus. With the large price it is a huge disappointment for the high dollar I paid for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Just arrived!


I just retired and my partner and I have found a common theme of bird watching and photography. We live near several bird sanctuaries in northern California, so we decided to move from binoculars and spotting scopes and a 55-300mm zoom on a Nikon D90 to gear that could reach out far enough to capture birds on camera. The goal is to capture birds in flight, a fascination of mine since childhood. After consulting with several very experienced wildlife photographers, I did not follow their advice, which of course was to buy a full frame camera, a Nikon 600mm F4 lens and a Gitzo tripod. I opted for a refurbished D7000 (see my review) which was/is mint. After much research I called Adorama yesterday morning and ordered the Sigma 50-500 f4.5-6.3 vibration stabilized lens (they call it OS and Nikon calls it VR) with a UV filter, polarizing filter, 1.4x Sigma Teleconverter, 5 year warranty for $2100. Reviews advise against a polarizing filter because it can get stuck but my solution is to buy another 95-86mm reduction ring if this happens and carry both. I wanted it fast so ordered it overnight delivery. It arrived at 1PM today, from New York, the day before Thanksgiving, despite all the weather and flight delays. I was impressed! Adorama made my day. Why this lens? Several reasons. Cost although not trivial was low compared to 8K+ for a refurb 600mm F4 fixed focal length lens. It is a walk around lens suitable for shots in the house as well as birding that is very well stabilized and suitable for shooting without a tripod. I am not too concerned at this point about taking the perfect bird photo, just to be able to try. Portability and use without a tripod were major considerations. Reviews raised issues about autofocus not locking in or locking in on a nearer object than desired. I looked for and noticed this but put the AF area mode on point focus and was able to shoot through a candelabra and focus on a more distant clock. Autofocus does not work with the teleconverter, of which I was aware from the product literature, reviews, and Adorama salesman. One reviewer had better luck with the Tamron teleconverter and autofocus, but I stuck with Sigma TC for the time being. Not too worried about AF in a lens that can reach out ~1000mm handheld. Of course I tried that combination first and found great image quality and no vingnetting (I did put on the 95mm to 86mm reduction collar recommended for Dx format cameras) and used a tripod. At 4 lbs I can handle it without a tripod, although my partner would have trouble. Will use a monopod or tripod for longer shoots. In the house hand held video and shots of my granddaughter were crystal clear. So very pleased. A great one size fits all starter lens to get into the difficult and $$$ birds-in-flight game. Probably a 600mm f4 and a full frame D610 in my future. Now to go to Tule Lake and shoot the eagles!. BTW picked Nikon over Canon because my partner has a D90 and we can share lenses and familiarity. Would have gone Canon if she had one. Would have rated this 5 but need more experience in the field.


This is a lot of lens


I just started using this lens and I love it. My main use for the lens is football and surfing. I have had the opportunity to use it for football and soccer,so far. I love the reach of the 500MM which I've never had with a 200MM. I like having the 50MM end for closeups on the bench and the stands. I have been using it on a Canon MarkII and it is very heavy. I mainly use it with a monopod which I use for most sports photography, and that worked well. I even used the 50MM end this morning for a scenic shot.The stabilization is a big plus especially with a lens this heavy and this slow. No complaints here. I'm looking forward to using it a lot. I returned a Canon lens to Adorama and ordered this one. After the exchange paperwork was completed and the order was submitted I received this lens in less then 48 hours. That's not bad either.


Unbeatable for the Price


This is my favorite lens to use for wildlife photography. It can get heavy, going long distances but, any lens that reaches the same focal length, will be heavy. Fast and sharp, auto focus, requires a sturdy tripod and it works best in good light. For wider aperature, in low light conditions, you'd have to but something more expensive.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


usage big ma


works well, is big and heavy. sharper than I expected.


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Jim D  Which is the better lens on the long end, 50-500 or the 150-500?
LAURIE D  Hello-Sorry for the delayed reply. I use my 50-500mm lens mainly for outdoor sports like soccer. It gives me a good ability to zoom in on action across the field and also "shorten up" for action that is closer to me. I"m not sure you would have that ability with the 150-500 but I honestly have never used that lens so I can't say for sure. I hope this helps you. Good luck! Laurie
GARROLD D  Laurie, I am considering the lens for soccer....can you share some experiences relative to speed of the lens and share a few shots?
Jim D  Which is the better lens on the long end, 50-500 or the 150-500?
LAURIE D  Hello-Sorry for the delayed reply. I use my 50-500mm lens mainly for outdoor sports like soccer. It gives me a good ability to zoom in on action across the field and also "shorten up" for action that is closer to me. I"m not sure you would have that ability with the 150-500 but I honestly have never used that lens so I can't say for sure. I hope this helps you. Good luck! Laurie
GARROLD D  Laurie, I am considering the lens for soccer....can you share some experiences relative to speed of the lens and share a few shots?
Amit j  does this lens fit into Canon T2i ?
MICHAEL R  Yes, but the t2i has a crop sensor, so at the full zoom(500) your effective focal length will be really long(around 800). will definitely need a good tripod and cable release at full zoom, and to hand-hold this setup will be difficult. Also, if you're planning on using a tele-extender with this setup, I think you're going down the wrong path because you'll probably never get a good autofocus fix with that. I know a guy who tried that with a 7D, and got no good shots. There are fixed-focal-length manual focus lenses that are a lot cheaper and more effective than this setup.
Amit j  Thanks Michael..... this is really helpful. can u suggest a fixed focal length lens about 400 mm n above, please.
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