Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 800mm F5.6 EX DG /HSM
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The Ultimate Telephoto Lens
24x36, B&H Photo
16 June 2014
Excerpt: The title says it all. Sharp and versatile, this lens will get you the shot you want better than all the pricey primes and teleconverters in the world! Nikon and Canon make nothing that compares, with each limiting their maximum zoom focal length to half the focal length of this lens. This lens seemlessly covers every focal length from 300mm to 800mm. Pick your spot, then pick your focal length!
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is the second one of these lenses that I have owned, one for Nikon and now the Canon version. This lens is heavy, but ruggedly built. It takes excellent photographs using the proper techniques. The 300-800mm zoom allows for easy composition of wildlife images without constantly changing your physical location. There is no Image Stabilization so the use of a sturdy tripod or some other type of sturdy support is required.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons: Heavy, No Image Stabilization, Poor in Low Light
Summary: I gave a lot of thought to purchasing this lens to photograph birds. I've yet to get the beautiful kind of shots I expected from it. Mostly it is quite difficult to get in a position to use the lens to its best advantage and full capacity. So, I'm not blaming the lens but had expected to use it much more considering how much I invested in it. Here are four things that matter. It is not stabilized. You will pay a price if this lens moves while you are shooting.
Excerpt: Just purchased the lens and have only used it for a few weeks - but it is outstanding. This lens is not for inexperienced photographers. You need to use a tripod, although I got great shots balancing it on my car window (fast shutter speed). No VR, but you should not use VR on a tripod and you can't hand hold this lens and get a good shot. Not because of the lens - it is too heavy to to keep steady by hand.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, High Quality Sharp Images, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Not only is this a dream come true lens, but it is well engineered, thought out and built. It is tact sharp and very fast to focus. The drop in filters can be turned and adjusted, has three different focus limit modes and looks very cool on your tripod. The case would be great/best for shipping, air travel etc. But for packing it around you WILL need the Lowpro 600. Only down side is the wife complains every time I bring it to bed...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought the lens after reading several reviews, positive and negatives. Anyway I did not want to pay [$] for a 800mm from Canon and found out the Sigma served me perfectly. The lenses is sharp and has good contrast, it has that yellowish tinge of sigma but easily correctable. I took good pictures at 200 sec with a monopod, any way for more consistent results I will advise the use of a solid tripod like Gitzo 4330 ls. I love this lense i use it for surf and wild live.
Excerpt: I was pleasantly surprised by this lens. I have been using a 600mm lens for about 10 years now (both Canon and Nikon) I was concerned about background blur and sharpness and this lens does it both very well the convenience of being able to zoom From 300 to 800 is incredibly handy. A couple items to wish for.
Excerpt: here's the deal, I don't own one but my friend does. I have tried it and used it and seen the results on both his D3S and my D7000. Super tack sharp all the way from 300-800, only a prime lens is going to trump it in absolute sharpness. my friend used it on a photo trip for burrowing owls, and his shots were stunning on his D3S.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens for over five years for wildlife photography on my Nikon F6 film camera. It come with an UV and polarizing filter, and it's own carring case. It not need specialized filters, any 46mm filter can be uesed. Polarizing filter canbe rotate easy with a rotating ring. It is a sharp and fast lens. I have no problem at all with the optical quality. Often I use it on 800mm and at f/5,6.
Pros: Common size filter holder, Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Ideal zoom range, Strong Construction