Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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Good but not great
Michael W. Dobson "mapman", Amazon
13 October 2013
Summary: The Sigma 50-500 F/4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM SLD Ultra is a reasonable compromise between shorter and longer lenses. I use it on both a Canon T4i (using the additional lens hood adapter for the APS-C camera) and a Canon 5DIII using the standard Sigma full-frame lens hood. The lens is large, heavy, but physically sound. It comes with a well-padded carrying case that has room for both lens hoods, if you follow the instructions on how to connect these hoods for storage.
Excerpt: This is an affordable long lens which takes decent quality images. It is sharp up to about 400mm, gets soft after that point. The lens, however, is not constructed very well. The auto-focus is clunky, the optical stablization is erratic, and the contact points with the camera body failed for me within 2 weeks of operation (a problem which I understand is common). My lens is presently on its way in for warranty service.
Summary: After reading reviews here and elsewhere, I took the plunge on this lens because I was looking for something a bit longer than Canon's 100mm-400mm lens (which is getting long in the tooth and overdue for a new version). I've been using a Canon consumer grade lens (18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS) for over a year with outstanding results; I expected to get similar, if not slightly better image quality from the Sigma.
Excerpt: I bought this specifically for a vacation trip to Alaska, and it stopped auto-focusing two days into the trip. I've just sent it off for repair, so I can evaluate their service too!<br /><br />Even with manual focus the wildlife was brought in sharp and clear.
Excerpt: I use it for birds, flowers,people at public events.<br />It works well when using AF. There are times when the image isn't tack-sharp. I don't know if it's me or the lens. I thought the OS would take care of that. Need to work with it more.<br />It is quite heavy (6 lbs.), so to help stabalize it I use a monopod. I also noticed some slight vignetting.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Tough To Attach
Summary: Bought my Sigma 50-500mm 2 years ago. I am less than an amateur. Loved the lens. Got what I considered excellent results. About 6 months later, it started making a clacking noise when auto focusing. I could not take a picture. Shipped to Sigma. They had it for a week, said they couldn't find a problem, and shipped it back. It worked for about another 6 months, then started having the same problem. Note: I did try it on my other Sony, with the same results.
Summary: Just received the lens. Using with a Cannon EOS XTi. Pros - Sturdy feel to the lens - Impressive focal length range. - Good picture quality throughout the range (speaking as a non-pro) - OS pretty good. Taking acceptable quality hand-held shots at full extension in bright sun. Cons - Autofocus not working out-of-the-box. Of note that this lens was NOT in the serial number range specified by SIGMA's customer alert.
Bei sehr viel Licht gut, insgesamt aber nicht ganz zufriedenstellend
18 January 2013
Summary: Ich nutze bis jetzt das Tamron SP70-300 F/4-5.6 Di USD an einer Sony SLT-A57 als Tele für Motorsportveranstaltungen und sonstige Einsatzzwecke bei denen große Brennweite gefragt ist. Prinzipiell bin ich damit zufrieden, nur leider sind auch 300 mm in letzter Zeit immer öfter zu "kurz" geworden. Ein größeres Zoom muss her und nach langem Streit mit meiner Vernunft habe ich mir das 50-500 von Sigma bestellt.
Excerpt: Cet objectif est bien sous tout ses aspects en restant modeste. Pour le débutant comme pour le photographe avancé ne voulant pas dépenser une fortune. Les données optiques ne permettent pas un poids moins élevé et cette optique demande un pied afin de ne pas se fatiguer car le boitier plus l'optique sont assez lourds. La qualité reste correcte en fermant un peu le diaphragme.