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SIGMA 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO Nikon AFD

by Sigma

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  • Special Low Dispersion glass, plus a seven group zoom system and multi-coated optics, enable this wide-ranging zoom lens
  • Zoom Lock mechanism helps eliminate zoom creep when the lens is tilted up or down
  • Detachable lens hood is provided to protect the front of the lens from extraneous light
  • Accepts 86mm size filters

Product details

  • Item Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Item model number: B0009F3MQK
  • ASIN: B0009F3MQK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,852 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM SLR Camera Lens is a 10x Hyperzoom lens that covers all popular focal lengths from the 50mm "normal" to 500mm ultra-telephoto focal-length perspectives. Designed for a tripod mount, this lens remains lightweight and structurally durable for its size

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Sewell on 13 Oct 2008
I have had this lens for about a year, and although I initially found it hard to use, I am really glad I stuck with it. You get a lot of zoom for the money, and you also get a great optical performance - as long as you can hold the lens still. As others have already noted, it is heavy and use of firm support is essential. I find a beanbag on a solid wall or branch more useful than a tripod. As long as the lens is well-supported it produces fantastic results, far better than the 500mm mirror lens I had previously. If you want better results up the top end of the zoom range be prepared to pay a lot more for it.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dean Marshall TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2007
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I have only been into photography for about a year so my comments may appear a bit `non techie'. This is a very good value for money lens that feels well made and pretty sturdy. It's not an easy lens to get good shots with but when I have they have been as good as my Nikon 70-300 DX lens. If you are interested then please bear the following points in mind:

The lens is prone to vibration and with a Nikon camera (such as my D80) there is no anti-vibration technology in the loop. I assume that those who buy it for a Canon have an advantage as Canon integrate their anti-vibration technology into the camera and not into the lens like Nikon. Also this lens seems cheaper for a Canon fitting so it's an even better buy.

You must use a good quality tripod and head which needs to be on solid ground. I have found that suspended floors such as those in hides make getting a good shot an even bigger challenge.

Invest in a camera remote control as it will definitely help with the vibration problem.

It would be wise to buy a UV filter to protect the lens and this will cost £50 plus.

Be careful before buying a circular polariser as it will cost an arm and a leg and given the slowness of the lens it could cause difficulties getting the right exposure.

In low light you will have to crank up the Camera sensitivity so if you have a noisy camera at ISO 800 and above your ability to use this lens will be reduced to good light conditions.

It's a good lens for shooting wildlife but is limited to good lighting conditions for action shots.

You will not get good shots without understanding all about exposure and having good shooting technique so don't buy it unless you are a real enthusiast.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Firmin on 3 Jan 2008
When I purchased this lens I couldn't believe the range it offered - but then I came to use it and discovered it limitations.

Firstly, I would only recommend using it in good lighting conditions. You will definitely need a tripod and release cable in lower light - altering the ISO is only going to add noise.

Secondly, there are issues with the sharpness of the images. From 50-100mm there is a slight softness to the images but this is more significant at 420-500mm and there is a slight chromatic aberation at this end too.

I didn't notice any vignetting but with the problems above I had already decided to sell the lens, spend a lot more and get a couple of Nikkor lenses (70-200 and 100-400) and I didn't regret it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Unique among its peers 21 Sep 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Last summer I borrowed the SIGMA 50-500 for a week while I was vacationing with the most wonderful woman in the world. We spent the week in a small rustic cabin on Seventh Lake in the central Adirondacks. I had a great time shooting with the lens, but frankly, I was not careful enough at that time to make the sort of outstanding images of which this lens is capable.

I tried snapping things in a hurry and on dark rainy days. The SIGMA 50-500 isn't really designed for that sort of low light grab work. Since then I've learned a lot about light, shutter speed, the relative stability of tripods, and what one should expect from a 500mm telephoto lens. Now I am taking the sort of images this unique lens is meant for.

The SIGMA 50-500 EX DG HSM APO is a very unique lens. Back in the day, the manufacturing process didn't allow vendors to make lenses like this with good optical properties. These days, they practically do miracles by the old standards. This lens isn't something you see around every day-yet at least-but it takes great pictures.

At a little over four pounds, it's very light as 500mm lenses go. Vibration reduction (Image Stabilization for Canon fans) would be a great benefit, but for the price, you just can't come close to the performance of this lens anywhere else. It comes with a carrying and storage bag, but you can't have a body attached while it's in the bag. On the other hand, this lens can be carried with a body attached without too much effort. I wouldn't want to hike with it, but it's OK for half-day birding trips and things like that.

For more information and some example shots, see my Blog at [...]
72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Bigma: Not a lens, a window (.. yes .. it can be a pain) 25 July 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Other owners of this lens will walk up to you when you are shooting in public with this lens, and they will ask how you like "bigma." Bigma is the nickname of this lens.

I've used this lens for 4 years, it has enabled me to discover much. For example, girls and women, can *feel* you looking at them. With this lens, you can get far enough away (30+ feet) that females can't feel you looking at them. And, then you get great head and shoulder candid shots. And then, their mothers call you up and say "I just love that picture because she didn't know you were there." Another constituency you will have improved access to, is small children. They also, like to have their pictures taken, and with all the digital cameras around today, they are masters of over posing. With bigma your church will ask you to become the unofficial photographer because you get "better" pictures of the kids (i.e., candids without posing) than anyone else.

I've used the lens on a D70 taking kid-event pictures, high school soccer pictures, and high school marching band pictures. Yes, I had and hated the auto focus problems - particularly in sports. So, if you have a D70, be prepared to be patient until you get the hang of the lens. Bigma will force you to read your manual and to experiment with autofocus and to measure the % of out of focus pictures you get, and keep trying new things. But after the pain, this is a good thing. It is called learning.

Now I'm using the 50-500 on my D300 there are smaller and less frequent autofocus problems. The sensors in the D70 were not quite good enough, I think. So, if you have a D70 and don't like this lens, you might want to trade the 50-500 for a D300. Or borrow a friend's D200 or D300 and see if the lens performs better. Root cause may be the camera, not the lens.

Bigma Advice:

- You will need a [monopod[ASIN:B0002YE6EU Canon Monopod 100 for SLR Cameras & Lenses]] to avoid killing your back. If you get the Canon like I have, the swivel top has loosened to the point where super glue reengineering is required.

- You also need to know to turn the aperature all the way down when you put the lens on the camera, or Nikons won't shoot. You will know that this has happened by listening to your self say "What the __ll is wrong? Why won't it shoot?"

- Get a [Nikon lens cleaning pen[ASIN:B00006JN3G Nikon Lens Pen Cleaning System]]. With all the glass in a bigma, there are spots, dots, and nits galore to police off the inner and outer lens surfaces. Keep the glass clean and the pictures are visibly sharper.

- Don't ever use the tripod mount on the camera with bigma attached. I did this once by accident. Always, always, always use the tripod mount on the bigma handle. That's what I say to prevent a recurrence.

I must agree with the encomium shared by other positive reviewers. I wouldn't be without bigma. It puts the camera into a world you won't see without it. You bought the Nikon because your eyes are bad, you love the egoboo of giving an undeserving parent a great picture of their kid, and your pocket is no longer so empty. Buy the bigma to get the most out of your Nikon. Bigma + Nikon = increased egoboo.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
BIG MA :-) 17 Oct 2009
By Michael T. McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I received "BIG MA" in excellent condition, and exactly on time, from Amazon. What's not to like? It worked seamlessly with my Nikon D-90 ("plug and play"). I know this has been stressed in prior reviews (which were VERY helpful to me in deciding on this lens): know what you're getting! The SIGMA 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras is a "biggee." This is NOT a lightweight lens, folks. Weighing in at a fighting weight of 6 lbs, Big Ma is deserving of at least a MONOPOD, and ... if you like lugging the things: a TRIPOD. I still retained my Nikkor 70-300mm lens for trips, since it's lightweight, compared to Big Ma ... though I still might take "Ma" with me anyway, I like it so much :-) From my own experience, did it make that much of a difference from the 70-300 lens? Of course! I was attempting to take pics of a blue heron from a distance some weeks before I received Big Ma, and just couldn't bring Big Bird in like I wanted to, the 70-300 was just not powerful enough. Another photographer happened to be near me at this location and also had a Nikon. He said: "Here, try this lens." I switched to his Big Ma, and it was LOVE! I ordered it immediately upon coming home (I'd been thinking of this before trying his lens, and had already read all the reviews). Another thing, which I'm SURE none of our shutterbugs reading these reviews thinks of, since I'm sure you're all above such thoughts: but (since I obviously never moved up to more elevated thinking) I thought: "Man, that lens (Big Ma on that other guy's camera) sure does look MEAN!" In addition to it's "punch," Big Ma has the effect of making the owner LOOK like he/she knows what they're doing (whether they do or not). It's an investment, folks. But if you've already plunked down the funds for the camera, software, tripods, backpacks, ad infinitum, then this is one lens you might really want to consider if you want to move up to just plain increased capabilities. I would highly recommend you get a FILTER for it at the same time, you will want to protect this great lens (I bought the HOYA CIRCULAR POLARIZING FILTER, which I leave on all the time). I hope this was of some minor help to you. Happy shooting!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Why does this lens deserve five stars? Well... 26 Oct 2009
By Frank Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
...The reason is because if you do your homework and know what it is capable of doing and not doing BEFORE you buy it, then it's price/value ratio is just outstanding. I think that the best way to do this is to know exactly what you are looking for in a 500mm lens, so let's start:

-If you shoot in low light: Then this is NOT a lens for you. It's a 1:4-6.3 and performs as such. If you shoot in low light go with a f2.8 and pay quite a few thousand dollars more. how can someone buy a 1:4-6.3 and expect it to take low light shots?

-If you shoot hand-held: This is PROBABLY not the lens for you. It does NOT have a vibration reduction system, yet even if it did, most 500mm lenses are used on tripod's or at least monopods. I have taken some tack-sharp pictures using this lens hand-held at 500mm on a bright day, but i did have to crank up the ISO to 800 and the shutter spead at least to one 500th of a second

-If you expect to take the lens out of the box and start taking great pictures immediately: Good luck, i really doubt that is what will happen with this lens. When i recieved mine i was one click away from sending it back and giving it one star or zero stars if possible. I obviously didn't do that and instead i went online read everything about the lens, it's "sweetspot", and basically everything ever written about the d*** thing. Then i started testing every possible setting and understanding the do's and dont's of this beauty.

In conclusion all i can say is that in the right conditions this lens can give you tack-sharp pictures with beautiful colors and all for much much less than any comparable lens. It's worth every penny.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
lens review 17 Mar 2009
By Philip Kohler - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Let's get the bad out of the way first. There are two things I don't like about this lens. First, the auto-focus is a little slow, it should definitely have been a bit beefier. Second, it went on sale right after I ordered it for over $100 less than what I paid.

Be warned. the 1.4x teleconverter that appears on this page as an accessory does NOT work with this lens. The optics in the teleconverter stand up too much to allow it to attach the the lens. This teleconverter works great on my Sigma 400 APO, though.

The lens is heavy. I think that's a good thing. I do not feel that a person could reasonably be expected to use this lens without a tripod or monopod for very long. While 4 or 5 pounds may not seem like much, it gets heavy after 20 minutes or so.

I've used this lens on both a tripod and a monopod successfully although, I prefer the tripod because I feel it gives me smoother movement with the lens (maybe I'm just too shakey for a monopod in general).

The pictures are amazing. Due to the specs of this lens, I'm able to photograph a wide variety of things that would have otherwise been unattainable for me. Birds, animals, even the moon. I've been overjoyed with the quality of the photo's I've taken with this lens!
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