Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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Wrong lens in right box!
30 July 2013
Summary: I would have loved it had the lens been the lens I ordered. It was a Nikon lens in a Sony box and it didn't fit my camera. I was truly disappointed. I had been watching the lens and it got to the price I could purchase it and then it wasn't the right lens.
Excerpt: I bought this Sigma 50-500 lens to use with my Nikon D7000. My Nikon 18-300 mm lens has consistently out shot the 50-500 lens even using it on a tripod. I have noticed I have to constantly adjust the D7000 fine tune from +3 to -13. I am currently trying to find my options right now...it looks like it will have to go back to Sigma.
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Inconsistent auto focus, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
Summary: I was really excited when I received this lens. I had rented one a few months ago and really liked it. After only using it a few times the autofocus quit working. Totally disappointed. I returned it.
Summary: Likes: Lens controls all work well and integrate properly with my Sony SLT-77. Autofocus works well and would even track flying birds. Dislikes: Every photo had soft focus at 500mm. I tried OS on/off, Sony steadyshot on/off, handheld, monopod, high quality tripod. In every case looking at detail showed a very blurry soft focus. I tested with a focus target and all the black/white boundaries were badly blurred.
Summary: I purchased the lens with an intent to use it as a prime lens on my bird outings. One trip convinced me to rethink that and to use it only when set up with a tripod. This is a monster, carry this around for more than just a moment and your arm will ache. Way too heavy for anything but occasional use, and even then when you have someone along who can carry it for you. It is so heavy that I am forced to rate the lens unacceptable.
Excerpt: I bought this lens two years ago and have used it heavily and also have some experience with other people who have bought the canon 100-400mm and direct comparison by borrowing their 100-400s. I use this lens for nature photography/birds and found some fairly serious issues with this lens. Compared to its competitor the 100-400mm the Sigma 50-500mm offers better reach, versatility, minimum focusing distance and image stabilization.
Cons: Blurry Focus, Difficult to Clean, Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light, Poor Sharpness 250mm, Weak Casing
Excerpt: I shoot mostly nature and bird pics but also do some sporting events like college baseball. I admit the images are good but that's about all I can say after owning one for five months. Two months after I bought it the autofocus quit working. Covered by warranty but I had to pay $55 for shipping, got it back in a week. Just last week it quit working again becasue the mount that connect to the camera got damages.
Pros: Consistent Output
Cons: Fragile, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Weak Casing
Summary: I got this lens from an AD, not from Amazon. I fails totally to focus when zoomed beyond 200 mm. It will hunt for a long time and, either give up, or misfocus. I used it with my 400D. And for now i have used it for noting but shots of the moon using manual focus. I got the lens abroad, and see little chance that i will be able to return it. - anybody, has any good ideas?
Excerpt: Hij was binnen een jaar kapot. In reparatie geweest, zes weken weg en na twee foto's weer kapot. Daarna drie weken weg en garantie slechts zes maanden verlengd. Veel trager geworden wat zowel door de winkel als Sigma ontkend wordt. Foto's nooit echt lekker scherp. (Gebruikt op Sony A 100.