Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 500mm F4.5 EX DG /HSM
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Sigma 500mm .... a real game changer!
2 July 2012
Summary: The lens was bought to feed the insatiable addiction that is photography, those of you who have this debilitating habit will know what I am talking about, I previously used a Canon 400mm 5.6, however found that the reach was just not quite enough for the birds/wildlife which were my subjects.
Summary: I have used the Nikon 500mm f4 and the Sigma is just as sharp as the Nikon. The color is probably just a tiny bit more accurate with the Nikon, but without seeing the pictures side by side and of the same subject I don't think you would every notice anything. It's just a tiny difference really not worth worrying about. With todays hi ISO capable cameras the f4.5 compared to the f4 is not an issue. The Sigma is smaller and lighter and much easier to handle.
Summary: I've purchased this lens for handheld using, and it work perfectly for birdwatching. This 500mm is relatively lightweight, few weight more than Nikkor 300/2.8. The AF is quick and precise with both the D2x and D700. Sharpness is great from f4.5, colors are ok, with no cromatic aberration or fringing. I have the DG version, with the HSM motor for Nikon. I'm only disappointed to lost AF with the Teleconverter: it is indispensable for a lens like this.
Pros: Lightweight, sharp, good AF both in DX and FF
Cons: no water sealed, TC 1.4X without AF on Nikon cameras
Summary: I bought my lens used from a charity shop - it's the earlier APO version which has the 'Camo' paintjob and manual focus. IQ is fantastic at full aperture and the sliding lens hood makes the lens easier to store and use. Compared to my Canon 400 F2.8 IS L. this lens is very small and compact. I now have 2 sigma super teles and would recommend either. The other a 400 F5.6 APO is also excellent and a fraction of the cost of the similar Quality & aperture Canon lens.
Pros: Excellent sharpness at full aperture - Cheap as chips
Cons: I have the earlier APO version which has manual focus nad Naff 'Camo' paintjob
Summary: This is an excellent lens. Extremely sharp focus, fairly lightweight for an F4.5. Will not autofocus with the sigma 1.4 EX teleconverter but no big problem. About 2/3 the price of a Nikor lens. Rotating filter drawer works well with a polarizing filter.
Summary: This lens is extremely sharp, I have photographed everything from grizzly bears to prairie dogs without any complaints. I have photographed wolves in the Lamar Valley at 1/30 sec, with extremely sharp results. This lens is extremely well designed, with the rotating filter drawer. Very lightweight for such a large glass. Extremely fast focus. I would not be without this lens on any trip.
Summary: The 500mm sigma offers few compromises yet offers excellent value for money and supurb performance. Perhaps not quite as sharp as my previous 300mm f2.8 but it is sharper than the 300 + 1.4x tc. AF is swift and sure, plus the lens nails the focus, none of the slight front focus my 300mm had. Build quality: Very good but it would be nice to get weather and dust sealing into the bargain. Even without this all you need is a sleeve cover and its fine.
Summary: I've tried Sigma 50-500mm and I was impressed by the sharpness. I have also tried Canon 100-400mm IS and was not impressed at all. When I saw this lense, I just had to try and see. I am very impressed by the sharpness this lense produces. I've used this lense several times on humming birds shots and very impressed by how quickly it focuses and how sharp the pictures are. I've even tried it w/ 1.4x tele converter.
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG HSM APO review by macpurity
7 November 2005
Summary: [Please note: this review is for the previous version of this lens. The review below is for the Sigma 500mm, f/4.5, EX APO HSM lens, with aperture ring. The current marketed lens has a DG designator. It is very similar in design and construction but lacks an aperture ring.] This is a well made lens, what I call "a poor man's 500." I bought it, used, in September 2003. It has been a joy to operate.
Pros: Fast AF, easy access to controls, capable of sharp images