Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 500mm F4.5 EX DG /HSM
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Great Buy. Worth the Investment. Good Travel Lens.
30 April 2015
Summary: This is a fantastic lens for the price. Tack sharp at f/5.6. Relatively short length so it will fit in most full size camera backpacks. Because the version I bought and use is the Sony/Minolta Mount version it has a screw drive motor that is noisy and hunts in low light.
Excerpt: I've testing this lens for a week now and I cannot find any faults with it. I use it on my Pentax K-3 for wildlife photography. The lens is tack sharp at f4.5 through f11. On Pentax equipment,the lens does not have Sigma's HSM technology but autofocuses using the older screw-drive technology.
Excerpt: OK, so it is not the Canon f4.L lens, but it is less than 1/2 the cost. I use this lens to shoot wildlife, mainly BIF. Tracking with this lens took a while to get use to because of its size and weight. Now that I have used it for a while I love it!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Having used the Canon Ef 500mm f/4.5L USM for many years, I decided it was time for an upgrade, as this lens had certainly seen better days. My first inclination was to go for Canon's latest incarnation, the EF 500mm f/4L IS 11 USM, but the price was way out of my current budget range, having just...
Summary: I am an amateur photographer owning this lens for last 3 months, spending every weekend for bird and wild life photography. This is a very good,solid lens. It produces good image in f4.5, and step down to f5.6 very good, f.6 -f8 tack sharp image. I got some excellent shots.
Excerpt: This lens simply isn't very sharp unless it is stopped way down. I felt it was terrible below f/8. If it's soft wide open, why carry around such a huge lens? For about the same price, I picked up a Nikon AF-S 500mm F/4 and it is super-sharp wide open, but is a little bigger.